RAMDisk Support Center - Product Usage FAQs

Is this the right product for me?
RAMDisk is the right product for you if you have a disk I/O bound application that is small enough to fit in main memory. RAMDisk is also great for storing frequently accessed data such as temp files, page files and database index files, and is great for accelerating online gaming.

How does it work?
RAMDisk is a kernel-level driver that presents itself as a standard disk drive to the O/S. However, it stores and retrieves data from the system RAM (main memory) on your system instead of an actual, physical hard disk. Along with the Kernel Driver is a GUI that talks to the driver and allows the user to set various options, as well as start and stop the Driver. RAMDisk is created via the GUI.

The Driver has been written to Windows Device Manager standards and creates a low-level disk object that WDM and Disk Management are able to "see" and manage. You can partition, format, mount a volume, and assign multiple drive letters to RAMDisk, but only if you would know how to do these operations with a regular disk. RAMDisk does not do it for you.

What are the system requirements?
Hardware: Any Intel or AMD-based x86 system with at least 2GB RAM.
O/S: Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, Windows Server. Sorry, no support for Linux or Mac at this time.

How large a disk can be created?
Disk sizes can be as large as 64GB (128GB with a Commercial License).

How much does RAMDisk speed up my application?
That varies by application and system, however, you should see a signicant performance improvement with applications that are I/O bound and are not fully taxing the CPU or memory. In general, RAM runs about 300X faster speed than a hard drive.

Is my personal data safe?
Yes! You can stop RAMDisk any time, assuring that all data sent to the RAMDisk during the prior session is instantaneously deleted. Unlike a hard drive, once data is deleted from RAMDisk, there is no way to recover it.

I don’t want to lose my data on the RAMDisk, so what must I do?
In the ‘Load and Save’ tab, check the box entitled ‘Save Disk Image on Shutdown’. With a licensed version of RAMDisk, a 'Background Update' option becomes available. When enabled, it allows for a continuous update of the image file as changes occur. This happens in the background and does not interfere with the performance of the RAMDisk. Remember, when power is removed from RAM memory, the data is lost.

Can I boot my OS from RAMDisk?
Not really. Since RAMDisk resides in the Windows O/S, you can't load Windows from it. However, you can start a second instance of any O/S from RAMDisk using VMware or other Virtualization tools.

I have a customer that wants to buy some RAMDisk licenses; can I become a reseller of this product?
Yes! Please submit a Support Ticket (click the icon below) and we'll be in touch.

 

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