RamDisk Plus 11 for Desktop Systems

Get Performance Speeds 50x faster than HDD and 10x faster than SSD.

 

 

SSDs are faster than HDDs. If you have a real need for maximum speed then a RamDisk is the correct choice. It is faster than either of them.

RamDisk vs. Hard Disk Drives (HDD)
The most important difference between a RAM disk and a hard disk is access speed. The time taken for a regular hard disk to move its magnetic heads over the spinning disks (much like the arm moving over old vinyl record disk) is the seek time and is typically measured in milliseconds (thousandths of a second). Whereas a RAM disk does not have mechanical parts and its access speed is typically measured in nanoseconds (billionths of a second). Access to a RAM disk may be 50 times faster or more than to a hard drive.

RamDisk vs. Solid State Drives (SSD)
The SSD “solid-state” technology uses flash memory so it does not spin like a traditional disk, so there is no disk head “seek” time. So in a sense an SSD functions similar to a RamDisk.
However, main system RAM is tightly coupled to the CPU insuring the highest data throughput possible. Whereas SSD typically have to go through some other slower bus to bring data to the CPU. Additionally there is the issue of write amplification, which decreases the SSD lifespan and hurts random write performance and lastly SSDs are still pretty expensive.

RamDisk Plus®  

Windows 7 CertifiedIt uses our patented memory management (up to 512 GB) to create a virtual disk out of RAM. The RAM disk appears like a physical hard disk to the operating system and programs. You choose its size (depending on the amount of RAM in your system), drive letter, and file system. You can copy, move and delete files on it. Like a physical disk, a RAM disk can also be shared so as to be accessed by other computers on a network. But a RAM disk is volatile by its very nature. Meaning any data on it will be lost if the system's power is off.
But this can be mitigated with the backup feature you can read about below.

Windows 8 & 8.1  Compatible
     
RamDisk Plus Features:   RamDisk Plus adds multiple disk support, system page file support for HDD, and a versatile disk image backup and restore facility. You can manually save the RAM disk’s contents to an image file, or have the contents saved automatically when the computer is shutdown. This feature ensures that service and application data stored on the RAM disk can be preserved between system restarts. During the subsequent system start-up, the disk's image is automatically loaded. A "live" RAM disk image may be backed up even with open handles to the volume. A RAM disk image viewer is included and lets you load image files as read-only devices. RAM disks can be zeroed out upon removal and the disk image file can be preserved upon removal.
Extended memory access  

RamDisk Plus 11 has a most unique feature. Our patent pending technology can access memory beyond the limitation imposed by a Windows 32-bit operating system! In other words, RamDisk Plus 11 can use "unmanaged" Windows' memory e.g. above 4GB. It can also use the stubbornly inaccessible memory between 3.2GB and 4GB.

See the product's help file for detailed explanation of what "unmanaged" memory is and how to access and use it with RamDisk Plus 11.

Click here to download RamDisk Plus for 32-bit trial.

This feature has now been included into the 64-bit RamDisk Plus version 11.7.917. Any memory not accessible by a Windows 64-bit OS can now be included for use by a RamDisk! For example, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit can access up to a maximum 16GB of RAM. If your system has more, then RamDisk Plus can make the extra "unmanaged" RAM above 16GB available for a RamDisk.

Click here to download RamDisk Plus for 64-bit trial.

RamDisk as seen in left panel of Windows ExplorerRamDisk Properties

Security   Another reason for using a RAM disk is security or privacy. Once the server is restarted or shutdown, the contents of the RAM disk are lost (when the auto-save feature is disabled). For some services or applications, this is an important attribute that contributes to the protection of sensitive data or information.
"Designed for Windows Vista & XP "   RamDisk and RamDisk Plus have been thoroughly tested to meet Microsoft standards for Windows 7, Vista and XP compatibility. Microsoft awards these logos to products that deliver a reliable, high-quality computing experience with Windows operating systems.
    For disk I/O performance benefits similar to RamDisk but with low or no added risk of data loss, see SuperCache.
    Click here to download fully-functional trial software.
Click here for an overview of RamDisk and RamDisk Plus®.
Product Comparison Chart  
 
Feature
RamDisk Plus
RamDisk
Microsoft "Designed for Windows" logo'd
Disk size from 1 MB to approximately 2 TB*
Number of RAM disks supported
99
1
Manage by Graphical User and/or Command Line interfaces
No synchronization issues with auto-start services
RAM disk(s) available very early in system startup
Compressed image file for faster image loading
 
Save RAM disk image automatically at system shutdown option
 
Load a RAM disk from an image file
 
Move an existing RAM disk's image file from one volume to another
 
Change an existing RAM disk's drive letter
 
System page file support
 
Dynamic backup and restore of RamDisks
 
Support for Removable RamDisks
 
Can use RAM above OS memory limitations
 
  * Depends on amount of installed RAM and available physical memory.

SYSTEM
REQUIREMENTS
 
Windows 8 & 8.1, 32- and 64-bit
Windows 7, 32- and 64-bit
Windows Vista, 32- and 64-bit
Windows XP SP3, 32- and 64-bit
Windows 2000 is NOT supported
Processor (CPU) Support  
1 GHz processor or higher
All Intel and AMD Pentium-class platforms
All Intel 64-bit processor families (except Itanium)
All AMD 64-bit processor families
All SMP (i.e. number of CPUs) configurations of the above that are supported by Windows™.
Memory Support  
Minimum: 1 GB
Recommended: 2 GB or greater
Maximum: varies as a percentage of amount installed - see table below
Types: all including SDRAM, DDR, DDR2, DDR3 and Rambus etc.
   
Operating systems and editions
Maximum
RAM *
Approx. Maximum RamDisk
Windows 8 & 8.1 64-bit Enterprise & Professional Editions 512 GB 498 GB
Windows 8 & 8.1 64-bit 128 GB 124 GB
Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate, Enterprise, Professional Editions 192 GB 188 GB
Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium Edition 16 GB 14 GB
Windows Vista 64-bit Ultimate, Enterprise, Business Editions

128 GB

126 GB
Windows Vista 64-bit Home Premium Edition 16 GB 14 GB
Windows XP 64-bit 128 GB 124 GB
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Windows 8 & 8.1 32-bit all Editions 4 GB 3 GB
Windows 7 32-bit Ultimate, Enterprise, Professional Editions & Home Premium Editions 4 GB 3 GB
Windows Vista 32-bit Ultimate, Enterprise, Business Editions & Home Premium Editions 4 GB 3 GB
Windows XP 32-bit 4 GB 3 GB

* These are the operating system's managed memory limits. When greater amounts of RAM are in the system then these can be accessed when our unmanaged memory functionality is enabled in RamDisk Plus.

Other considerations:  
16 MB free disk space for installation

To support backup functionality, RamDisk Plus requires sufficient free disk space to store the image file of each RAM disk. The actual size needed will vary from less than a megabyte up to the size of the RAM Disk.

Version 11.8.1298 Release Notes

Purchase

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Product Version Operating System Build Price  
RamDisk Plus 11.8.1301 Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 & 8.1 64-bit (x64) $79.95
RamDisk Plus 11.8.1301 Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 & 8.1 32-bit (x86) $79.95

 

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If you are a current user of an earlier version of RamDisk or RamDisk Plus you can upgrade at a discount by clicking HERE.

 

Updated 18 March 2015

 


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