StarWind Resource Library

StarWind RAM Disk

Published: February 5, 2018

INTRODUCTION

RAM disk device is an extremely fast virtual disk that completely resides in the random-access memory. Normally RAM disk devices are used to store temporary/cache files. This enables to dramatically improve the system performance.

NOTE: The content of a RAM disk is lost when a host turns off or reboots or the Ram disk device is deleted.

Adding new device

1. Launch the StarWind RAM Disk control application by selecting Start->All Programs>StarWind Software->RAM Disk->RAM Disk. After the program is started, its icon appears in the system tray. Double click the icon with the left mouse button or single click it with the right mouse button and select Start Management item from the pop-up menu. You’ll see a picture like the one below:

StarWind RAM Disk

2. Select Add Device menu item from Device drop down menu or just press Add Device button on the application tray bar. New device installation wizard (see next page for the image) will appear.

3. On the first step of the New Device Installation Wizard, specify the parameters of the Local RAM disk device you have selected to add:

Local RAM disk size in MBs is the exact size of the disk that needs to be added (disk size should fit into the amount of free memory your PC has).

4. Select Create formatted disk if you want new disk to be initially formatted so you could use it immediately (FAT file system is used). Otherwise, you will have to format the created virtual disk drive manually.

5. Select Automount this device if you want new disk to be automatically recreated when you restart your PC. This will allow the Local RAM disk device to be available right after your PC boots and Windows starts.

StarWind RAM Disk

Press the Next button to continue.

6. On the last step of the New Device Installation Wizard, confirm the installation results. If the new Local RAM disk device has been installed correctly, it should appear as a new disk volume in your system.

StarWind RAM Disk

Press the Finish button.

StarWind RAM Disk

StarWind RAM Disk

Removing existing device

7. In the StarWind RAM Disk control application, please select the device you wish to remove and click it with the right mouse button.

StarWind RAM Disk

8. Select Remove Device menu item from the pop-up menu that appears.

Alternatively, you can remove the device using the following way: right-click the StarWind RAM Disk icon in the system tray and find the device you need to remove.

StarWind RAM Disk

CONCLUSION

This guide describes how to easily create an extremely fast virtual disk out of available RAM using StarWind RAM Disk tool. RAM disk device completely resides in the random-access memory, providing a high-performing storage for testing purposes, troubleshooting cases, or storing temporary data.