RAM Disk for Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8

SoftPerfect RAM Disk icon SoftPerfect RAM Disk is a free high-performance RAM disk application that lets you have a disk on your computer entirely stored in its memory. As the memory is much faster than physical hard disks, storing temporary data on a fast in-memory disk to achieve a higher performance. Whatever your job is, read on to find out what a RAM disk can offer you.

SoftPerfect RAM Disk creates a virtual disk residing in the computer RAM accessible in Windows Explorer and other applications, allowing you to store any temporary information on this disk. Furthermore, Windows can be configured to use the RAM disk for temporary files, so that the system and most applications would use the fast in-memory disk for temporary data. As Windows and third-party applications often create a large number of temporary files for a short time only, using a RAM disk will extend your hard disk’s life by sparing it from excessive reading and writing.

Modern computers are equipped with at least 1 GB of RAM, and most of the time there is a lot of unused memory that could be used as a high-performance alternative to the slower hard disk storage. This product lets you create any number of virtual RAM disks limited only by the memory available. You can also work with on-disk images and RAM disks associated with an on-disk file, that ensures your data is preserved between sessions.

Key features of the RAM Disk:

  • Any number of RAM disks. In practice, up to 26 disks due to the number of drive letters available.
  • Any RAM disk size on 64-bit systems. Up to approximately 3.5 GB on 32-bit systems.
  • Persistent RAM disks with an associated on-disk image.
  • Volatile RAM disks whose content disappears on shutdown.
  • Built-in disk image manipulation tools.

Five very good reasons to use the RAM Disk:

  1. Higher PC performance. Provided you have got a sufficient amount of RAM, using a fast in-memory disk for temporary data will boost the computer performance.
  2. Reduced file system fragmentation. The file system on your hard disks will be far less fragmented as temporary files are never written to the hard disk.
  3. Reduced wear-and-tear of the physical disk. As temporarily files are not written to the hard disk, there will be fewer read/write cycles, which is especially important for prolonging the life of Solid State Drives (SSD) installed in some laptops.
  4. Less junk on the hard disk. Often software applications create temporary files that remain undeleted although no longer needed. The contents of RAM disks is cleared every time the computer is restarted or switched off.
  5. Less noise and heat from the hard disk because the system will use the hard disk less intensively.

Screenshots

The RAM Disk application is easy to use:

SoftPerfect RAM Disk Main window
The main window shows all mounted RAM disks and features controls to add/remove disks, work with image files and access the application’s settings.
Adding a new RAM disk
The Add Disk dialog allows you to specify various disk parameters.
RAM Disks in Explorer
This screenshot shows how the RAM disks appear in Windows Explorer.
Product Info & Download

Latest version

3.4.6 (04 September 2014)

Changelog

Supported platforms

Windows XP through Windows 8,
Windows Server 2003 through 2012

32-bit and 64-bit

License

Free for non-commercial use

Download RAM Disk

Installer, size: 2.4M

SDK for Developers

The virtual volume engine that the RAM Disk product is based on is now available as a separate Software Development Kit.