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Free RAM disk works on Windows 7

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Back in September 2007, I mentioned a free RAM Disk software. This 32-bit application (as a device driver) served me well. Unfortunately it didn’t work on the 64-bit Windows 7 RC1 trial I installed on my home computer. And even though I continued to use a RAM disk at work, a TCP stack problem meant the rest of the office couldn’t see my computer nor I theirs!

There’s still a couple of months to go before the Windows 7 RC copies expire in early March 2010. Actually they will keep working until June 2010 but will shut down every hour. Which you will agree is annoying :) Back on point, I’m using a RC so I can assess what software works on Windows 7 (64 bit) before I acquire a full licensed version.

Well if you do or plan using Windows 7 (32- or 64-bit) and want a RAM Disk. Then consider the free Dataram RAMDisk 3.5.130RC9. Compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista , Windows XP, Windows Server 2003  and Windows server 2008. The software (really a device driver) lets you create up to 4 GB virtual disks without registration. Not that there’s a charge to register for even larger disk sizes.

Dataram’s product also lets you save your virtual disk contents to an IMG file on system shutdown. It can later re-load this file on system start-up. Which is handy for those times when a software install, uninstall or update reboots the system without asking for the user’s permission. You can also choose the disk format (FAT16, FAT32, other incl. NTFS). My 4 GB system supports a max disk size of 3412 MB and a minimum size of 40 MB.

8 Comments

  1. Excellent site and great information. I admire your updates and check back often for new posts. Keep doing what your doing.

  2. Thank you very much for info on Dataram RAMDisk 3.5.130RC9. Just
    what I need!

  3. Nice this software also can easily work in windows 7 operating system.

  4. Nice this software also can easily work in windows 7 operating system.

  5. Good call, this seems to be one of the only ones that are free. I do want to note that it does not seem to work very well, works but very slow

    • Interesting comment about the speed. What did you use to benchmark the application? And were you using it on Win 7 32- or 64-bit? It’s been a long time since I used the RAM disk as I no longer need to share stuff topically and ever lowering primary storage costs mean I can as easily share a folder without reducing my available free space.

  6. Good call, this seems to be one of the only ones that are free. I do want to note that it does not seem to work very well, works but very slow

    • Interesting comment about the speed. What did you use to benchmark the application? And were you using it on Win 7 32- or 64-bit? It’s been a long time since I used the RAM disk as I no longer need to share stuff topically and ever lowering primary storage costs mean I can as easily share a folder without reducing my available free space.

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