Posted 17 November 2012 - 08:27 PM
Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:18 PM
"Virtual RAM" means the pagefile by the way (located on the slow hard drive), which is mainly used when you don't have enough RAM.
This post has been edited by LiveBrianD: 17 November 2012 - 09:19 PM
Posted 18 November 2012 - 09:28 AM
Of course, if you want to upgrade to more than 4 GB of RAM (either now or in the future), then it becomes much more "worthwhile".
This post has been edited by smax013: 18 November 2012 - 09:30 AM
Posted 18 November 2012 - 10:04 AM
Posted 18 November 2012 - 10:30 AM
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Posted 18 November 2012 - 10:56 AM
Posted 18 November 2012 - 11:02 AM
I found some discussions on other forums that suggest that they are NOT locked for Windows 7.
Now, I have not really seen a discussion mention whether OEM licenses with "retail" computers are treated the same as "system builder" OEM licenses (i.e. those that one would get from NewEgg to build their own computer).
I supposed someone could test it...
This post has been edited by smax013: 18 November 2012 - 11:03 AM
Posted 18 November 2012 - 11:20 AM
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 03:26 PM
Posted 19 November 2012 - 05:20 PM
Hey BearPup !
Basically, a Ram disk will take away (or use) the Ram that's already on your PC. Meaning that, it will use Part of the Ram installed (what you allocate to RamDisk) on your PC to use as a RamDisk.
This means, if you have 4 Gigs of Ram installed, you would then allocate 1 or 1.5 Gigs to create a Ram Disk.
I have a video here that I will post to show you how to create a Ram Disk.
The software used is free from :
It can be used for either 32 or 64 bit OS.
I have 8 Gigs of ram installed and will try this out when I have the time.
In your case, having only 4 Gigs of ram installed, you will have to take into account the programs or games that might demand a certain amount of Ram to function properly.
This post has been edited by Flashorn: 19 November 2012 - 05:22 PM
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 06:56 PM
Well it was a nice try. The Dataram software wouldn't install on my machine without shutting down AMD Fuel (overclocking features of my CPU) and the Catalyst Control Center, my GPU operating software (overclocking and display control features).
I guess I'm just plain stuck with Microsoft's limitations and waste of RAM. Next system I put together will be a native 64 Bit system and leave it at that.
But, much appreciation for your help, info, and video. Nice work.
Posted 25 November 2012 - 09:44 PM
I found a freeware RAM Disk site: http://www.radeonramdisk.com/ .
Its by AMD (the CPU folks), and if such software can be termed thus, its pretty basic. Few options, no NTFS formatting, but it should work with AMD processors. Its my next test. The replacement system drive arrives this week, so I'll also let you know whether or not OEM iso files use the same 32 & 64 Bit unlock code.
Posted 26 November 2012 - 03:01 AM
I have never seen my system use more than a small fraction of the RAM that I have so I dont see any point in going to 64bit.
Posted 26 November 2012 - 04:46 AM
Partly its a matter of principle - I paid for 4Gb, I want 4Gb! And partly its performance. I just used the AMD RAMDisk program for my Swap File, and its 1200% faster than my hard disk Swap File (per HARDiNFO 7). That makes a difference. I also deal with photographs a lot, and Photoshop and the like can benefit from all the RAM I can give it.
Posted 26 November 2012 - 12:14 PM
My computer has 4 Gb of RAM, and as I currently run Win 7 32-Bit OS software, only 3.25 Gb gets used; thus leaving 768 Mb wasted in limbo. First, the program installed and worked on my computer; it took two attempts to start it, but on the retry it worked. I then set up a DOS Mode RAMdisk of 768 Mb, which was assigned the next available drive letter 'G', without choice. I assume that can be changed in the Windows Disk Management console (if anyone knows that link and would post it....). I know that its there as it shows up in my file manager (I changed its Volume Label from "local Disk" to "RAMDisk"), and in the Control Panel app Device Manager.
Next to test it. First, I assigned my Swap File to Drive G, allowing it to use 760 Mb of the Drive (8 Mb is for the Swap File's overhead). Then I tested it using the Information and Benchmarking program HARDiNFO 7 (freeware). The results are impressive. Drive G had an avg. seek time of .01 ms and a benchmark score of 866.80. My Hitachi 500 Gb SATA II hard drive (it holds data, not the OS) on the other hand has an avg. seek time of 16.09 ms and a benchmark score of 65.20. This makes the benchmark score 1,329% faster than my fastest hard drive, and overall the RAMDisk is 1,469% faster than my fastest hard drive. I'm sold! Its not only speeds up my swap file to be virtually as fast as RAM, but it allows for me to set scratch disks (Photoshop's UNDO File) to the RAMDisk as well.