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How do I use a RAM disk to help speed up disk-intensive applications? | Microsoft Windows |

December 12, 2010

There are certain applications that do an unusual amount of reading and writing data. Under normal operating circumstances, these applications work fine. But what happens when those disk-intensive applications start competing with other applications? When this happens, a serious slowdown can occur. You can prevent those slowdowns with the help of RAM disks.

A RAM disk is basically a special partition of your PC’s memory that has been formatted and configured (via a special application) to be used as a high-speed target for data reading and writing. These RAM drives are significantly faster than traditional storage, so those applications will see a noticeable boost. Let’s take a look at the process of creating a RAM drive in Windows for this purpose.

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