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    JuNooN
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    Unhappy How do I delete the Ramdisk ?

    i installed this ramdisk for NT/2000 by AR SOFT
    Is there any way i can uninstall it ?

    im running win xp pro


    Thanks

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    That particular ramdrive is installed as a hardware device.

    Go into Control Panel, Add/Remove Hardware. When the Window pops up leave it as defaulkt setting, then click ok. You'll see a list of hardware devices, the ARSoft ramdrive will be there to choose.

    It is that way in Win2K, not sure it's exactly the same in XP.
    Just treat it as a hardware device, and look around, it'll be there somewhere in add/remove hardware devices.

    Did you know that it installs an Icon in the Control Panel where you can adjust the size etc?
    Why are you removing it?

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    I'm removing it cuz now i got a better Ramdisk for XP.
    umm in Winxp i dont see remove hardware but only add hardware.

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    Hmm, check the Device Manager. Maybe you can remove it from there.
    Sory, I don't have XP installed so I can't give exact instructions on it.
    Keep plugging away, you'll find it

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    Originally posted by JuNooN
    I'm removing it cuz now i got a better Ramdisk for XP.
    umm in Winxp i dont see remove hardware but only add hardware.
    where do you get the RAM disk and is it a software thing , cause i got 1 GB so i thought i my try one .
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    a better one? A ram disk is a ram disk is a ram disk... better software will not change how it works.
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    ofcourse there's a better one the one i had was 1G only now i got 4 GB one!!!

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    are you suffering from delusions? How can you have a 4gig ramdisk? Why would you want one?
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    Originally posted by onetrueday
    a better one? A ram disk is a ram disk is a ram disk... better software will not change how it works.
    OTD, there are a few variations of ramdisks with different features. One really good one out there has a 'save on exit' and 'save every few minutes' (user set) where an image is saved to the hardrive and put back when rebooting. It's nice to have everything restored at times, other times no. That one is shareware and only good for 100 reboots.
    Most ramdrive programs I've come across don't have the 'image' saved and all files are lost when rebooting.

    4GB is a bit excessive, but hey if I had a mobo supporting 6GB or so, and the money to buy 6GB's I'd have that big of a ramdrive too.
    I'm a ramdrive freak

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    Perhaps it's becuase I've never considered using one for anything besides ie caching's etc. It works perfect for that, but what other uses are there and why would you want images made?
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    When installing certain programs that use the temp or tmp directory to store a file for use on reboot, to finish the install would be one reason. If the temp/tmp variable have been 'set' to go to a dir on the ramdrive.

    I personally want to work on a project to have the entire OS load into the ramdrive on boot.
    Not easy, but if I had enough ram, it is possible.

    For common everyday use I store all my history, IE cache, cookies, temp, and tmp files in my ramdrive usually set at 100 MB's now that I have 384 MB total ram. I also download files into it. Basically it's a toy for installing programs into too, just for kicks and speed enhancement/testing purposes. Installing to a ramdrive for testing, it gets deleted on shutdown/reboot. Unless of course I use the 'image' making/saving ramdrive.

    Other than the IE cache/history/cookies, my ramdrives are for fun and testing.

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    I didnt think you could install a program to a ramdisk. what about the dll's etc that would be left behind?
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    A ramdisk is pretty much the same as any other drive. Only a lot faster access and read/write times.

    I just cleanup the orphaned dll's later. Along with any registry entries.

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    hmm... good angle. What do you use to clean the dll's that doesnt delete good ones?
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    System Mechanic works wonders for me, I don't use anything else. It has never let me down yet.

    BTW - You should see how fast a ramdrive gets defragged.

    Sometimes I have 2 ramdrives running and you should see how fast file transfers are from one to the other.
    I play around mostly just to see what will happen.
    That's basically how I've learned everything about PC's over the 20 years I've owned one.

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    interesting... try benchmarking one.
    funny how sandra will benchmark your ram and give you a score.

    however, if you benchmark a ramdrive it's SO DIFFERANT!
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    I downed Sandrasoft and installed it.
    Here's my results from my IDE and SCSI drives, and my ramdrive.
    My IDE isa ATA66 7200rpm with 3 partitions
    The SCSI is an old one, so it's not too fast by todays standards.


    << Win98 (C >>
    < Benchmark Results >
    This Drive: Drive Index 17281
    EIDE UDMA66 27GB: Drive Index 13000
    EIDE UDMA33 10GB: Drive Index 8000
    EIDE UDMA 6.4GB: Drive Index 6500
    EIDE 4GB: Drive Index 3500

    < Disk Status >
    Multi-Processor Test: No
    Dynamic MP Load Balance: No
    Windows Disk Cache Used: No
    Test File Size: 425MB
    Current Disk Cache: 42MB
    Maximum Disk Cache: 276MB
    Minimum Disk Cache: 12MB
    Typical Role: Desktop Computer

    < Benchmark Breakdown >
    Buffered Read: 53 MB/s
    Sequential Read: 24 MB/s
    Random Read: 6 MB/s
    Buffered Write: 65 MB/s
    Sequential Write: 23 MB/s
    Random Write: 7 MB/s
    Average Access Time: 7 ms (estimated)

    < Drive >
    Drive Class: Fixed
    Drive Device: GENERIC IDE DISK TYPE47
    Disk Controller: Primary IDE controller (dual fifo)
    Total Space: 4.0GB
    Free Space: 3.4GB, 85%


    << Scsi (D >>
    < Benchmark Results >
    This Drive: Drive Index 4281
    EIDE UDMA66 27GB: Drive Index 13000
    EIDE UDMA33 10GB: Drive Index 8000
    EIDE UDMA 6.4GB: Drive Index 6500
    EIDE 4GB: Drive Index 3500

    < Disk Status >
    Multi-Processor Test: No
    Dynamic MP Load Balance: No
    Windows Disk Cache Used: No
    Test File Size: 425MB
    Current Disk Cache: 42MB
    Maximum Disk Cache: 276MB
    Minimum Disk Cache: 12MB
    Typical Role: Desktop Computer

    < Benchmark Breakdown >
    Buffered Read: 8 MB/s
    Sequential Read: 5 MB/s
    Random Read: 2292 kB/s
    Buffered Write: 2880 kB/s
    Sequential Write: 5 MB/s
    Random Write: 2693 kB/s
    Average Access Time: 16 ms (estimated)

    < Drive >
    Drive Class: Fixed
    Drive Device: Quantum VP31110
    Total Space: 999MB
    Free Space: 998MB, 100%


    << Win2k (E >>
    < Benchmark Results >
    This Drive: Drive Index 17346
    EIDE UDMA66 27GB: Drive Index 13000
    EIDE UDMA33 10GB: Drive Index 8000
    EIDE UDMA 6.4GB: Drive Index 6500
    EIDE 4GB: Drive Index 3500

    < Disk Status >
    Multi-Processor Test: No
    Dynamic MP Load Balance: No
    Windows Disk Cache Used: No
    Test File Size: 425MB
    Current Disk Cache: 42MB
    Maximum Disk Cache: 276MB
    Minimum Disk Cache: 12MB
    Typical Role: Desktop Computer

    < Benchmark Breakdown >
    Buffered Read: 53 MB/s
    Sequential Read: 24 MB/s
    Random Read: 6 MB/s
    Buffered Write: 64 MB/s
    Sequential Write: 24 MB/s
    Random Write: 7 MB/s
    Average Access Time: 8 ms (estimated)

    < Drive >
    Drive Class: Fixed
    Drive Device: GENERIC IDE DISK TYPE47
    Disk Controller: Primary IDE controller (dual fifo)
    Total Space: 4.0GB
    Free Space: 2.3GB, 57%


    << Archives (F >>
    < Benchmark Results >
    This Drive: Drive Index 16700
    EIDE UDMA66 27GB: Drive Index 13000
    EIDE UDMA33 10GB: Drive Index 8000
    EIDE UDMA 6.4GB: Drive Index 6500
    EIDE 4GB: Drive Index 3500

    < Disk Status >
    Multi-Processor Test: No
    Dynamic MP Load Balance: No
    Windows Disk Cache Used: No
    Test File Size: 425MB
    Current Disk Cache: 42MB
    Maximum Disk Cache: 276MB
    Minimum Disk Cache: 12MB
    Typical Role: Desktop Computer

    < Benchmark Breakdown >
    Buffered Read: 50 MB/s
    Sequential Read: 23 MB/s
    Random Read: 6 MB/s
    Buffered Write: 65 MB/s
    Sequential Write: 23 MB/s
    Random Write: 7 MB/s
    Average Access Time: 8 ms (estimated)

    < Drive >
    Drive Class: Fixed
    Drive Device: GENERIC IDE DISK TYPE47
    Disk Controller: Primary IDE controller (dual fifo)
    Total Space: 11.1GB
    Free Space: 8.8GB, 79%


    << Memory Disk (X >>
    < Benchmark Results >
    This Drive: Drive Index 195075
    P200MMX SDRAM: Drive Index 44000
    P166 EDO: Drive Index 40000
    P133 EDO: Drive Index 30000
    P75 FPM: Drive Index 20000

    < Disk Status >
    Multi-Processor Test: No
    Dynamic MP Load Balance: No
    Windows Disk Cache Used: No
    Test File Size: 4MB

    < Benchmark Breakdown >
    Buffered Read: 458 MB/s
    Sequential Read: 209 MB/s
    Random Read: 200 MB/s
    Buffered Write: 397 MB/s
    Sequential Write: 131 MB/s
    Random Write: 131 MB/s

    < Drive >
    Drive Class: Memory
    Total Space: 100MB
    Free Space: 100MB, 100%


    <<< Memory Benchmark >>>
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    < Benchmark Results >
    Current Memory System: Int ALU/RAM Bandwidth 352 MB/s
    Current Memory System: Float FPU/RAM Bandwidth 432 MB/s
    Intel P4 1.5GHz, i850, 256MB PC800 RD:Int ALU/RAM Bandwidth 1374 MB/s
    Intel P4 1.5GHz, i850, 256MB PC800 RD:Float FPU/RAM Bandwidth 1400 MB/s
    AMD Athlon 1GHz, KT133, 256MB PC133 S:Int ALU/RAM Bandwidth 434 MB/s
    AMD Athlon 1GHz, KT133, 256MB PC133 S:Float FPU/RAM Bandwidth 521 MB/s
    Intel PIII 1GHz, i820, 256MB PC800 RD:Int ALU/RAM Bandwidth 325 MB/s
    Intel PIII 1GHz, i820, 256MB PC800 RD:Float FPU/RAM Bandwidth 345 MB/s
    AMD Duron 600, KT133, 128MB PC133 SDR:Int ALU/RAM Bandwidth 367 MB/s
    AMD Duron 600, KT133, 128MB PC133 SDR:Float FPU/RAM Bandwidth 400 MB/s

    < Int ALU (Integer STREAM) Results Breakdown >
    Assignment: 374MB/s
    Scaling: 311MB/s
    Addition: 355MB/s
    Triad: 369MB/s
    Data Item Size: 4-bytes / 32-bits

    < Float FPU (Float STREAM) Memory Results Breakdown >
    Assignment: 377MB/s
    Scaling: 375MB/s
    Addition: 489MB/s
    Triad: 488MB/s
    Data Item Size: 8-bytes / 64-bits

    < Test Statistics >
    Array Memory Used: 142MB
    Multi-Processor Test: No
    Dynamic MP Load Balance: No

    < Instruction Set Support >
    MMX Technology: Yes
    SSE2 Technology: No

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