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RamDisk Article

Discussion in 'Feedback & Suggestions' started by yakyb, 22 Dec 2011.

  1. yakyb

    yakyb i hate the person above me

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    Would love to read an article on the effect of a RamDisk

    (perhaps a how to for those that do not know also)


    It is not overly expensive to get 32GB of Ram in a machine now.

    and whilst i'm aware that it will not improve FPS (much?) it should allow for faster load times
    (first into BF3 Multiplayer, TF2,MW3)

    the article could attract quite a large readership

    what would be the effect of running Skyrim be on a Ramdisk vs a SSD VS modern HDD vs older HDD

    what inconveniences are there (boot up problems in initializing data to Ramdisk)

    when i next build a Gaming PC (not for a while at the rate of Game improvements) i fully intend to utilise a Ram Disk will the investment be worth it


    no other site has done an article about this that i'm aware of
     
  2. KidMod-Southpaw

    KidMod-Southpaw Super Spamming Saiyan

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    I second this, I think it would be a nice change and comparison to the constant SSD reviews flooding in, personally I'm sick of them.
     
  3. talladega

    talladega I'm Squidward

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    i would like this too
     
  4. alpaca

    alpaca llama eats dremel

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    yeah, would be cool :)
     
  5. towelie

    towelie How do I Internet!!

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    Agreed Also what is best to use dataram i know free only up to 4gb
     
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    azrael- I'm special...

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  8. IvanIvanovich

    IvanIvanovich будет глотать вашу душу.

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    Oh gee what a deal... If going to spend that kind of money might as well get something like an acard ans drive.
     
  9. alpaca

    alpaca llama eats dremel

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    I tought ram WAS already the cache of your system... I have used ramdisks in the past to speed up xp installations; in the sense that xp likes to use the pagefile and uses as little memory as possible, so if you put your pagefile on a ramdisk...
     
  10. M3cael

    M3cael New Member

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    This'd make an interesting read!
     
  11. Tattysnuc

    Tattysnuc Thinking about which mod to do 1st.

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    The is precisely what I'd love to see a tutorial/review on.

    Any chance peeps?
     
  12. lp rob1

    lp rob1 Well-Known Member

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    > mount -t tmpfs -o size=4G tmpfs /ramdisk

    Ramdisks. The Linux way.
     
  13. r3loaded

    r3loaded Well-Known Member

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    Oh snap!

    I already use this for /tmp and /var/run since there's no point writing anything in there to disk. Is there a way to do the same for /var but write the changes to disk when shutting down and/or at certain intervals?
     
  14. lp rob1

    lp rob1 Well-Known Member

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    The only distro that I know of that sets up a Ramdisk at installation is MineOS+/TinyCoreLinux. It uses a Ramdisk for the OS itself - everything from the programs to your data. This makes it useful to get the best performance out of a Minecraft setup with the mass of world files. MineOS+ then sets up a second normal partition that holds the backups. A crontab (automatic schedule thingy) then backs up the world files at a certain interval.

    So you would probably need to do a form of crontabs, or mess with the init scripts themselves to add in entries that mount the Ramdisk and copy data across at boot, then copy the data back across and unmount the Ramdisk at shutdown. Look in the runlevels directory in /etc
     
  15. yakyb

    yakyb i hate the person above me

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