Free RAM disk works on Windows 7

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 ūüôā 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

Green News says:

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

Dmitriy says:

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

Pritam says:

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

Pritam says:

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

Tony says:

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

emusingly says:

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.

Tony says:

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

emusingly says:

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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