AMD Radeon RAMDisk and Skyrim – part 1

Trials and Tribulations – Part one?

Ok, so I have my new Ram installed, AMD Radeon RAMDisk license purchased, and I am ready to rock, I think…

At this point I think it would be good to discuss what not to do.

  1. Do not uninstall an application, then install it on a RAMDisk.
    • Especially if you have no experience using said RAMDisk program.
    • I’ll get into some of the details as we move along.
  2. Do not “move” data on to a RAMDisk.
    • I don’t care why you want to do this, just don’t.
    • Nor should you copy and files and then delete the location you poied them from.
  3. Do not setup Auto Save in AMD Radeon RAMDisk software.
  4. Do not setup any kind of RAMDisk for “really close” to the exact amount of available RAM on your system when you are doing what you want to use the RAMDisk for.

Now that we have that covered, lets do a little explaining on how to do what you want to do using what I did as an example. From here on out we will completely ignore the fact that I did everyone of the things listed above as things not to do. We should also pretend that I have not only been using this software for 4 days and have an open ticket with tech support…

Good things to do with an AMD Radeon RAMDisk

  1. rename all of the original locations you will be migrating to the RAMDisk, or none of this will work.
  2. Write a short batch script to setup your RAMDisk, in case you have to do it over and over again.
    • Utilize Microsoft’s robocopy to copy data/programs to your RAMDisk.
    • Utilize Microsoft’s mklink to make symbolic links between your RAMDisk and the place on your computer where you already had the data/program.
  3. Write a short batch script to replicate any changes back to your hard drive periodically.
    • Utilize Microsoft’s robocopy to copy the changed data back to the original location.
  4. Write a short batch script to cleanup any links created with mklink, in case you have to do it over and over again.

Ok, now moving on to what I did and how I did it, please keep in mind the information listed above, it will save you DAYS of your life, trust me.
Setting up your RAM Drive using AMD Radeon RAMDisk

  1. Get plenty of RAM.
  2. Installed System RAM

  3. Purchase AMD Radeon RAMDisk.
  4. Setup AMD Radeon RAMDisk as seen in the screenshots below.
  5. AMD Radeon RAMDisk configuration
    AMD Radeon RAMDisk configuration
    AMD Radeon RAMDisk configuration

  6. Click Start RAMDisk.
  7. If/When prompted to install a device driver, select yes/install.
    • If you want to, check the box for “Always trust…” to prevent having to do so in the future, supposedly…
  8. Open Disk Management.
    • Right click on “My Computer”
      • On Windows XP, it should be on your desktop, if not, then open file explorer and view your desktop, it should show up there, if not, Google it.
      • On Windows 7, click Start and it should be listed on there as “Computer” on the right hand column.

      Disk Manager console
      Disk Manager console
      Disk Manager console

    • Select “Manage”.
    • When the console finally opens, select Disk Management.
      • On Windows XP, it should be self explanatory.
      • On Windows 7, it is hidden under “Storage”.
    • If it has not already, then wait here until you are prompted to “Initialize Disk”.
    • After clicking Ok to the “Initialize Disk” popup, you need to find the disk in your drive listing.
    • Right click on the right hand section for the new RAMDisk (existing drives will show “Healthy” in this area).
    • Choose “Create Simple Volume”.
    • Follow the prompts.
      • I selected drive letter “R” as in “R”AMDisk.
      • I chose to change the default block size to 8192.
      • I named the disk “ramdisk”.
    • In about 3 seconds you should have a formatted RAMDisk.

I will try to get the next part up before the weekend, till then, have fun.


Additional posts in this series
AMD Radeon RAMDisk and Skyrim – part 2
AMD Radeon RAMDisk and Skyrim – update

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