Speed up Chrome & Firefox by using a RAM disk

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

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Will you be giving RAMDisk a try?

  1. Yes

    23 vote(s)
    36.5%
  2. No

    27 vote(s)
    42.9%
  3. I would if I had the RAM to spare.

    13 vote(s)
    20.6%
  1. Evjl's Rain

    Evjl's Rain Level 28
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    yes it might be correct but I still see a significant increase in my browsing speed
    according to my test, if I didn't use ram drive, my HDD usage if I opened 20 tabs at the same time was 99% but with ramdrive it was just 10%
    because most people are using pagefile/virtual memory and can can see browsing also increases pagefile activity regardless of ram size + HDD cache => high disk usage
    I disabled pagefile + have ramdrive => extremely low disk usage :D
    I really care about my HDD lifespan as I always saw my friends bringing their laptops to me with dead HDDs (6 times so far)

    browsers are smarter and it's good but the advantages of using a ramdrive is always there :D
     
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  2. SHvFl

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    It's because of images in cache. Disable images to the whole browser and test. It will have minimal change in speed when using a ramdisk even if you have an hdd.
     
  3. Duotone

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    The gain is minimal even on an HDD... but I still use one as SBIE container.
     
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  4. jamescv7

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    I think the concern is not on RAM but you need a tool that likely control the responsiveness against CPU eaters.

    CPU usage holds the majority of functions on operation especially in the responsiveness.
     
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  5. Paul123

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    I thought Firefox (like Waterfox which I use) has a setting to cache to RAM anyway in the settings. I seem to remember typing about:config as the url and then setting browser.cache.disk.enable to false, and browser.cache.memory.enable to true, and browser.cache.memory.capacity to -1 (to make it dynamic). Its a while since I did it so I could be wrong.
     
  6. giulia

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    hi
    i would like to do it with sierra osx ,but i don't know to do it :unsure::unsure: , move firefox and chrome cache

    under windows ,i have found a big improvement,just because it's very slow to move the ram cache to the image file , and close windows
     
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