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RAM Disk refuses to install: how to uninstall completely

Sometimes the RAM Disk refuses to install and complains about an older version already installed on your computer. This means that for some reason the automatic uninstaller was not able to remove ever...

Files and folders persist on a RAM disk after shutdown

When you are using a regular RAM disk without an image file attached to it, it is supposed to be volatile. This means that all the RAM disk contents should disappear when you shut down or restart your...

RAM Disk requires administrative privileges

If the RAM Disk requires you to have administrative privileges, while you are running it as Administrator, you need to edit the configuration file manually. Quit the RAM disk application. Open the...

How to create predefined files, folders and permissions on a RAM disk

Occasionally you may need to have a certain structure of files and folders, or to set custom access permissions on a RAM disk. This is easy to achieve by using an image-based RAM disk with its content...

How to create persistent RAM disks with contents preserved between sessions

Although RAM disks are volatile in nature and their contents disappear upon shutdown, they can be made persistent to preserve their contents between sessions. Here is how it's done: Create an image...

Which file system to choose for a RAM disk

Our RAM Disk application supports RAM disks formatted in the following file systems: FAT FAT32 NTFS exFAT FAT and FAT32 file systems are older and have severe restrictions on disk size and ma...

RAM Disk errors caused by Windows 10 1809 update

In Windows 10 update version 1809, Microsoft has suddenly changed memory limits in their allocation routines. This change caused errors in RAM disks larger than 4 GB in size. If you are affected by t...

RAM disk is slow or shows "process cannot access the file" error

If your RAM disk takes a long time to mount, unmount, save to an image, or shows a message saying "Win32 error code = 32. The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process...

"Incorrect function" error when running Windows on a Mac

When using RAM Disk with Windows running on a Mac computer via Boot Camp, the "incorrect function" error is likely to be caused by a driver that Apple installs on Windows. This driver doesn't seem to ...

Shadow Copy (VSS) based software fails on a RAM Disk

Many backup tools use the Windows Shadow Copy service, also known as Volume Shadow Copy Service, Volume Snapshot Service, or VSS. When a RAM disk is present in the system, these tools may fail to comp...

System page file on a RAM disk

SoftPerfect RAM Disk does not support storage of page files. Below is a detailed explanation why it is best to avoid placing a page file on a RAM disk or on any other virtual storage device that uses ...

Installing applications on a RAM disk

Generally, it is not advisable to place or install applications on a RAM disk. There is a range of potential issues in doing so, and very little benefit. When a program is installed on a hard disk B...

How to move application data to a RAM disk

Moving browser cache and Windows temporary files Web browser cache and Windows TEMP/TMP files can be moved to a RAM disk as described in this article Moving application data For moving application ...