Speed up Chrome & Firefox by using a RAM disk

Discussion in 'Tutorials & Guides' started by MrXidus, Jun 21, 2012.


Will you be giving RAMDisk a try?

  1. Yes

    23 vote(s)
  2. No

    27 vote(s)
  3. I would if I had the RAM to spare.

    13 vote(s)
  1. MalwareVirus

    MalwareVirus New Member

    Oct 6, 2012
    nice article,great info.I will try it soon
    Thanx for sharing :)
  2. clyde

    clyde Level 1

    Nov 14, 2012
    To anyone who tried this.Do you still use it?
  3. jkiller

    jkiller New Member

    Oct 31, 2013
    I think Cleans cache very importan!

    I love Google Chrome: http://betdownload.com/google-chrome-20-download
  4. Imran

    Imran New Member

    Feb 27, 2012
    Where there is Oxygen :D
    I have created 1GB Disk(Fat 16).
    But it's invisible in Computer but i can see that drive(that i've created with RAMDisk) in "Create and format hard disk partitions"

    I have Windows 8.1 Pro 32bit ;)
  5. rebel4life

    rebel4life Level 9

    Sep 30, 2012
    hiya does anyone know about AMD Radeon RAMDisk you can get 4GB free and if your machine runs an AMD memory product you can get uo to 6 GB any ideas or suggestions
  6. MrXidus

    MrXidus Super Moderator (Leave of absence)

    Apr 17, 2011
    The RAMDisk website states that it supports up to Windows 8 but doesn't list 8.1 that might be why.

    Retry at making the RAMDisk and even try restarting your PC after making it. I have not had that issue before how ever.
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  7. Sean M

    Sean M New Member

    May 22, 2014
    Good write up. I'll give it a try and see how it works out
  8. Purshu_Pro

    Purshu_Pro Level 29

    Aug 3, 2013
    EMSISOFT Re-Seller
    Windows 10
    Well its the same tutorial that i have been searching else where in the internet. The same tips have been given every where. I have minor concern over this. I have been trying to setup the cache directory for the Firefox, it have approved my commands, what I am observing is, when I scan my PC with CCleaner, I get the results such that my cache is still stored in the C drive rather than the other one which I have set is for
    E:\Browser_Cache\Mozilla FF Cache
    When I scan with CCleaner it shows the files in here
    So is there a solution for this? Or have I mistaken the concept? Please provide me a solution.
    Svoll likes this.
  9. Amiga500

    Amiga500 Level 12

    Jan 27, 2013
    Firefox can be run in ram anyway natively.No need to download and install extra software.Chrome uses up enough ram anyway so i see no real benefit from running chrome in a ramdisk,
    Enju likes this.
  10. Enju

    Enju New Member

    Jul 16, 2014
    Even though Chrome caches some data directly in its process, a RAMDisk still has its uses for HDD users since it dramatically increases the load times of websites. For SSDs, a RAMDisk is mostly useless as long as it's a high-quality MLC or SLC one, for TLC I highly recommend a RAMDisk since TLC wears out extremely quickly! :)
    Svoll likes this.
  11. Strykerraven

    Strykerraven New Member

    May 5, 2016
    Chiloquin, OR
    Lots of bad info in this thread. I signed up just to make some corrections. I know the thread is a few months old but still had to correct it as I came across it trying to find the parameter for Google Chromes launch...
    1) The biggest issue is for Firefox you guys should be converting from* Kb not bytes.... You can confirm you all have set about 209 Gigabytes by simply putting about:cache?device=memory in your firefox address bar.
    2) Forget about proprietary software and use IMDisk which is open source and not limited, there are hundreds of guides on google for it.
    3) You can set Firefox to use memory only; But I still prefer ramdrive due to how windows manages memory. I make all my browsers share a 512MB-768MB RamDrive. Some recommended only setting Firefox to cache to ram but this is moot. I cache my profiles to ramdrive as well with batch files and write them back on shutdown.
    4) Ram Drives today remain much faster than SSD's.... This is common sense. Your ram should be faster as its more integrated with the cpu than something that typically hits a sata limitation.

    Not to mention that besides the speed increase; Ram drives beat HDD/SDD because they reduce writes. Yes a SDD has no mechanical parts but it still has limited write cycles.
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  12. Amiga500

    Amiga500 Level 12

    Jan 27, 2013
    Any articles or help guides on how to run chrome in a ramdrive.
    Svoll likes this.
  13. giulia

    giulia Level 4

    Nov 30, 2016
    i have used SoftPerfect RAM Disk free version ,now it's paid
    to use for firefox and chrome but i haven't found any gain
    conversely seems that the ram disk under windows 8.1 for example slow down the system even if you don't you use the ramdisk, maybe it's how w8.1 handly the ram
    Svoll likes this.
  14. Evjl's Rain

    Evjl's Rain Level 29
    Trusted AV Tester

    Apr 18, 2016
    Windows 8.1
    I have no problem with ramdisk on windows 8.1 or 10
    I just use 512Mb of ram and put cache folder only in the ramdrive. If we put the whole chrome profile and watch a movie online, it will be fully filled -> not good

    if we spend too much memory for ramdrive + you have virtual memory (pagefile) it might cause significant performance drop because pagefile has to work more (speed is equal to your HDD/SSD speed)
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  15. XhenEd

    XhenEd Level 27
    Content Creator Trusted

    Mar 1, 2014
    Windows 10
    Given the advancements of memory management of browsers, is a RAM disk still fine or recommended to use? I'm actually just confused. I'm inclined to use one again, but I have some doubts.
  16. _CyberGhosT_

    _CyberGhosT_ Level 52

    Aug 2, 2015
    Central US
    Linux Mint
    Same here, very interested in the answer.
    venustus, SHvFl, Svoll and 1 other person like this.
  17. Svoll

    Svoll Level 12

    Nov 17, 2016
    Student/Engineering Failure
    macOS Sierra
    I have tried this tweak and I like it. I also put my windows temp files and IE temp file in the Ramdisk (SoftPerfect 3.4.8 last freeware version). Haven't really noticed the difference, but I am hoping it would save my SSD from write cycles as I also put my photoshop scratch disk there. Been using 2gb and it has been okay so far.
  18. Evjl's Rain

    Evjl's Rain Level 29
    Trusted AV Tester

    Apr 18, 2016
    Windows 8.1
    Sorry I don't really understand your question but Itry to answer
    I think ramdisk is always welcome to be used. It increases the browsing speed significantly particularly in HDD, can be hard to notice on SSD and it increases the lifespan of the HDD due to less disk activity
    there is nothing to do with memory management, it's just about storing the cache files in a faster place so opening a website will be faster
    If you try to open 20+ tabs at the same time for testing purpose, you can notice the difference: disk io is much lower and speed is also x5 faster (I only have a laptop HDD)
    I use a 512Mb ramdrive and it's more than enough for browsing, never be full. It will be automatcally cleared on reboot
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  19. SHvFl

    SHvFl Level 32
    Content Creator Trusted

    Nov 19, 2014
    Supermodel for McDonald's
    Windows 10
    They don't really make a difference especially on ssd. Your OS already uses available ram to load stuff into it. Sure if you have an hdd you might notice a bit faster browser because it will load fast from cache but if you own an ssd there is no noticeable difference.
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  20. XhenEd

    XhenEd Level 27
    Content Creator Trusted

    Mar 1, 2014
    Windows 10
    I might try having a ram drive later. :)
    I was just curious, since if I remember correctly, people from different sites and forums have discouraged using a ram disk even for browsers because they said that browsers have already been developed to be intelligent in managing RAM (and disk cache), making RAM disks useless.
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