How To Use Your RAM As Hard Drive?

How To Use Your RAM As Hard Drive?

A lightning fast Read-Write speed is a dream for every gamer or a developer. After sometime when crap and redundant data piles up your primary memory which eventually leads to latency in reading and writing the required data.

A fix to this glitch is using SSDs, which effectively enhances the boot time of any program. The major issue in using a SSD is its cost, they are very expensive that makes you think twice before ordering one.

A slick trick which can actually serve your purpose of getting higher Read-Write speed and that too free of cost, the idea is to convert your RAM into a Disk Drive. You can actually transform your available RAM into a virtual RAM where you can actually store frequently used files which will be rendered at much faster speed.

The reason of this meteoric speed is due to elimination of requirement of storing files onto your RAM from the Hard Drive.

ram as hard drive
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This virtual RAM will be created by using the unused or idle RAM on your system. Much of your RAM is actually useless even if you have hefty applications running on your system. If you are fascinated by the idea to convert your RAM into virtual RAM Drive, just refer the process below:

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Here’s Using RAM Drive/RAMDisk:

You need to install software like Dataram which can convert your system’s available RAM and use it as s virtual RAM Drive. It is a freeware that allows you to create disks up to 1GB and paid versions will allow you to create disks up to 64GB. Choose for an option according to your requirements.

Step 1: Download and install Dataram RAMDisk by clicking the link.

Step 2: Navigate to the Settings> Enter the disk size you want. You can use maximum 1023 MB in the freeware.

Dataram RAMDisk

Step 3: Now, navigate through Load/Save tab. Select Load Disk Image at Startup, under Load Options and Save Disk Image at Shutdown, under Save Options.

This will prevent the data loss on system failure or Shutting down the computer.

Load Disk Image at Startup

Step 4: Now click on Start RAMDisk and it will appear like any other drive under My Computer/ This PC. You can use this drive for storing the frequently used files which will be rendered at faster Read-Write speed.

You can also stop using this RAMDisk by clicking on Stop RAMDisk.

click on Start RAMDisk

For demonstration purpose, we’ve used Dataram RAMDisk software to boost your system, faster than any other forms of storage media, which is probably the best in market.

In case you don’t want to use this software, you always have various alternatives in hand. Some are free, some are paid- Try using SoftPerfect RAM Disk, Primo Ramdisk, eBoostr , SuperSpeed RamDisk and more.

Ending Note:

Using RAMDisk for faster Read-Write speeds should not be a frequent drill since it can lead to unexpected system crashes and failures. This is happening because of continuous overlapping of image file on the primary drive with the data on the RAM Drive.

Though the process is said to undergo in real-time but you can expect shutdowns and crashes.

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Mansi Vijay is a content writer with Systweak Software. Being a Mass Communication graduate, her knowledge is not restricted to only Content Writing. She loves to experiment with Software and holds interest in Graphic Designing as well. She enjoys little things in life & in her free time, loves to swing on the beats of music!

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