How to set up a RAM drive

lots of RAMOnce you try a solid state drive you never go back. It’s blazingly fast. I complement that experience with a RAM drive to store temporal files, cache and disposable files (screenshots, unzipped files, downloaded attachments).

I’ll explain you how to set up a RAM disk. Spoiler: the hardest part of installing it is downloading the program you’ll need to create it.

Installing RAMDisk

Well, I must warn you, Dataram’s website looks super sketchy but it’s safe. I’ll guide you through it just in case.

  1. Try using this link and skip to step 5. If it doesn’t work come back to step 2.
  2. Go to RAMDisk’s download page.
  3. In the “downloads & purchases” section, click the only button that says download.
    I highlighted it wih radioactive yellow for your convenience:
    How to download
  4. You will be promptly invited to join some mailing list. Just click no, thanks.
    I highlighted it for you with furious red:
  5. Click where it says “click here” to start downloading RAMDisk.
    Click where it tells you to click.

Once you have downloaded the setup file, open it and follow the installation instructions.

Setting up the RAM drive

RAMdisk (click to enlarge)Open the RAMDisk configuration utility, configure it as you please. I’m using a 1600 MB (FAT16) partition. In the Load/Save tab I disabled everything because I want a brand new partition each time I boot up.

Once you are happy with it click Start RAMDisk button, and that’s it.

Changing the drive letter

I like to have my RAM drive at R:. To change the drive letter, open Computer Management, go to Disk management and locate your RAM disk. Right click it and choose “Change drive letter and paths…” from the menu. Once you are there you can assign a new letter to your drive.