It’s a great option to test the operation of a RAMDisk if you’re a frequent gaming user or have a lot of memory installed on your computer and always have 10% capacity. You can install programs that include super fast and fantastic performance.
What Does RAMDisk Do?
A RAMDisk uses a portion of RAM as a hard drive. So, if we create a RAMDisk, we will create a virtual hard drive on our computer using an available or unused portion of our RAM modules.
This virtual hard drive will be faster than a standard SSD and, of course, a mechanical hard drive like others. With this technique, we will use the computer’s RAM in large amounts, such as 32 or 64 GB.
But we don’t just need a lot of RAM; we can create only 4 GB RAMDisk when we are not using games or programs that use 4 GB of RAM from the computer. The most significant advantage of a RAMDisk is that it can be created and deleted easily and quickly. We also need to remember that we store information in RAM, so when we shut down our computer, all data is deleted because RAM is temporary storage.
If we store all the information on our standard and current hard drives before shutting down the computer, we can prevent RAMDisk from being deleted.
One of the most important goals of using RAMDisk is that in video editing in 4K, the hard disk is over-used, and high transfer rates are required for smooth playback and encoding.
How to Create RAMDisk in Windows 10
Now let’s create a RAMDisk on our computer and test its performance.
We will use a free software called ImDisk Toolkit to create RAMDisk.
The process is straightforward, we leave the default values on the start screen of the wizard, click “Install,” and wait for the installation to finish. After the installation, we will have three shortcuts on our desktop.
We click on the “Configure RAMDisk” header, and then on the first screen that appears, click on the “Basic” tab to configure the amount of storage, file system, and other options, such as the possibility of deletion when we start our computer.
Now, on the “Advanced” tab, we will have different configuration options:
- Set size and volume label
- Enable NFTS compression
- Use a mount point: to place the mount point of the virtual hard disk in a specific location.
In the “Data” tab, we can select the contents of a folder to be uploaded directly to the virtual hard disk.
An important option is “Synchronize when the system shuts down.” With this option, when we shut down the system, its contents are stored in the selected location on our hard drive. That way, we won’t lose the information we keep.
Once you have made all the configurations you wish, we click “Accept,” and the RAMDisk will be created on our system. A property window opens automatically as if it were a standard hard drive. In addition, when we open “This Computer,” we will see it as a traditional hard drive.
The selected memory is currently being used as a hard drive, so we cannot delete or disable it while using it.
We can use this unit usually and even install programs into it.
Deleting or Disabling RAMDisk
When you stop using RAMDisk, click “Configure RAMDisk” again and click the “unmount” button to remove it.