In this video, I show you how you can create and the USE VHD drives for your VM storage pleasure.
This is one of those areas I have been fascinated with since I was just a little Guido in the computer industry.
We used RAMDisks WAY back in the day to make software load faster. This is when a game was 10MB and a full Windows install was less than 100MB. Yes... that is true. I cannot tell you how many times I had Windows 98 floppy disk drives stack up a good 12 inches feeding them into the system, one at a time. This was right around the time CDs were coming in but they weren't quite on everybody's computer yet because, at that time, it was considered a luxury item.
So... really what can a RAM Drive do for you?
RAM disks can actually do quite a bit for you especially if your say, a high-end gamer and have a lot of memory or you're a video or photo junkie who needs really fast rendering.
Here's an example: Battlefield 3 is approximately 11 GB in total size. If you have a system with 32 GB of RAM you can actually create a 16 GB RAM disk (allowing for expansion packs, updates,etc...) via some specialized software (RAM Disk software) which you can either purchase or in some cases get for free (careful with the FREE ones. Remember, you're creating a RAM Disk here not just a simple partition). You then use that software to create what is known as a RAM Drive. Once created, to the system, it looks like an actual partition. You could then install, Battlefield 3, or Adobe Photo Shop into that partition. No matter which program you use it's going to run substantially faster! I'm talking LIGHTING speed!
Here's the short answer: YES!
I hear people talk about "defragging" their computers all the time as a way to make it faster, but I'm not really sure what that means. What does defragging do and is it something I need to do to my computer? How often?
Really well done article.
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