Tips To Make PC Faster With RamDisk Plus

by Dev Duff on June 23, 2012

Working on a faster computer is joy! None of us wish to work on a slow and a laggy computer. Here are a few tips to make PC faster with RamDisk Plus, a tool by Raxco Software. RamDisk Plus is an amazing tool that can make your PC faster. In this article we will cover how to speed up web browsing, how to speed up printing, how to speed up temp file access, how to put pagefile on RamDisk Plus, how to reduce writes on SSDs with RamDisk Plus and how to make a folder on RamDisk Plus into a network share.

How to speed up web browsing?

Point your browser cache to RamDisk Plus. Not only does this speed up web browsing, it also increases the security of your Internet history. Because it is located on the RAM disk, your browser cache is automatically cleared at shutdown.

Follow the instructions below for your web browser:

Chrome

There is no setting in the graphical user interface of the Chrome browser to change the location of its cache. If you’re comfortable working the command line you can try this article: How To Change Google Chrome’s Cache Location And Size

Firefox

  • Open the Firefox web browser.
  • Type in about:config in the Firefox address bar.
  • Right-click and select New > String from the menu. Enter browser.cache.disk.parent_directory as the preference name and the RamDisk Plus drive letter as the new path.

Internet Explorer

  • Open Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and click on Tools > Internet Options. Internet Options are also accessible from the Windows Control Panel.
  • Click on Settings next to browsing history in the General tab.
  • Click on Move Folder in the next window.
  • Select the RamDisk Plus drive.

Opera

  • Open the Opera web browser.
  • Type in opera:config in the Opera address bar.
  • Enter Cache Directory4 in the search bar.
  • Modify the cache location(s) to point to the RamDisk Plus drive.

How to speed up printing?

Move the print spool folder to RamDisk Plus.

If you’ve set up a Windows XP system to act as a print server on your network, you can improve the print server’s responsiveness. All you need to do is move the print spool folder from its default location to RamDisk Plus. The performance gain comes from separating the management of the potentially huge spool file from the same drive on which the Windows system files exist.

To move the print spool folder to RamDisk Plus:

  • Create a RAM disk of sufficient size to hold the spool files.
  • Go to Start -> Printers and Faxes. (Or, in classic view: Start -> Settings -> Printers and Faxes).
  • From the top menu select File\Server Properties.
  • Select the Advanced tab. Enter the RAM disk’s drive letter (e.g. S:\) in the Spool Folder text box, and click OK.
  • In the warning message dialog box, click Yes.

How to speed up temp file access?

Point where temporary files are stored to RamDisk Plus.

To change the location of the System Temp folder, follow the steps given below:

  • Right click on Computer.
  • Click on Properties.
  • Click on Advanced system settings.
  • Click on the Advanced tab.
  • Click on the button near the bottom labeled Environment Variables.
  • You may see both TMP and TEMP listed in the section labeled User variables for (account). That’s the common location; each different login account is assigned its own temporary location. In the Variable value Edit box you may specify the path to the directory that Windows and many other programs will use for temporary files.

Be sure and repeat that process for both TMP and TEMP.

You’ll need to restart any running programs for the new value to take effect. In fact, you’ll need to restart Windows for it to begin using the new value for its own temporary files.

How to put a pagefile on RamDisk Plus?

  • Right-click on My Computer and click on Properties.
  • Click on the Advanced tab.
  • Click the Settings button in the Performance box.
  • Click on the Advanced tab in the Performance Options dialog window.
  • Click the Change button in the Virtual Memory box.
  • In the Virtual Memory dialog window:
    • Select RamDisk
    • Select the Custom size: radio button
    • Set initial size and maximum size to be just a little smaller than the size of RamDisk Plus. Tip: Immediately above – Custom size: is Space available: which is the size of RAM disk.
    • Select the drive that currently has the paging file.
    • Select the No paging file radio button.
  • Click OK.
  • Restart the computer for the new settings to take effect.

How to reduce writes on SSDs with RamDisk Plus?

If your computer only uses a solid state drive (SSD), use RamDisk Plus as a cache to store data – including:

  • The pagefile.
  • Temporary Internet files (located in your web browser cache).
  • Temporary files.

Follow the instructions above for the three types of data listed here.

How to make a folder on RamDisk Plus into a network share?

  • Right-click on the disk or folder you wish to share, and select Sharing and Security.
  • Select Share this folder or, if already shared, click on New Share.
  • Enter the new Share name and a Comment.
  • Set User limit, Permissions, and Caching as required.
  • Click OK to create the share and close the property page.

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