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.