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OS on ram drive

by phsycofox / January 17, 2008 4:32 PM PST

ok what i want is to build a 32 GB ram machine load winxp from HDD then create 30GB ram drive. sector copy c:\ to ramdrive then somehow trick windows into thinking its instaled on the ram drive without shuting down or rebooting. in effect winXP on ram, leave in standby mode and thats it XP on pure ram. should run even faster then the ram by sata controlers like I-ram they have speed limit this hasnt.

if not XP 32bit then 62 bit either way its the same deal i amgine or vista even.

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Just a way out.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 17, 2008 10:01 PM PST
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Read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solid_state_disk and TODAY you can get a 32GB or more all RAM hard disk. Then you can do this.

But as you suspect, any 32 bit OS can't see that RAM above 4GB so you either know your limits or you learn about the limits.

Bob

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Good luck with that
by Jimmy Greystone / January 18, 2008 1:23 AM PST
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Good luck with that, because you're going to need every bit you can get.

Also, have you taken time to consider what you'll do if there's a power blackout? Your RAM disk copy of Windows might be significantly different from the copy on your hard drive. Then you have to go to all the effort of not only recreating the RAM disk and getting Windows onto it, you have to recreate all those settings and what not that you altered.

I would just wait a little while for solid state drives to come down in price. If you have a couple hundred dollars to spend on one today, be my guest. They're nowhere near as fast as RAM, but they are still considerably faster than platter based drives. You just want to remember that solid state drives don't have quite the same longevity as magnetic drives, so doing things like defragmenting will rapidly chew up the total number of write cycles each memory cell has before it gives out.

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