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.
- Do not uninstall an application, then install it on a RAMDisk.
Do not “move” data on to a RAMDisk.
- Especially if you have no experience using said RAMDisk program.
- I’ll get into some of the details as we move along.
Do not setup Auto Save in AMD Radeon RAMDisk software.
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.
- 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.
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
- rename all of the original locations you will be migrating to the RAMDisk, or none of this will work.
- Write a short batch script to setup your RAMDisk, in case you have to do it over and over again.
Write a short batch script to replicate any changes back to your hard drive periodically.
- 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.
Write a short batch script to cleanup any links created with mklink, in case you have to do it over and over again.
- Utilize Microsoft’s robocopy to copy the changed data back to the original location.
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
- Get plenty of RAM.
- Purchase AMD Radeon RAMDisk.
- Setup AMD Radeon RAMDisk as seen in the screenshots below.
- Click Start RAMDisk.
- If/When prompted to install a device driver, select yes/install.
Open Disk Management.
- If you want to, check the box for “Always trust…” to prevent having to do so in the future, supposedly…
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