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Use a portion of your Video Card's RAM to create a virtual RAM disk that is much faster than a regular HDD, with this open-source program
We all know that solid-state drives are much faster than HDDs, but RAM or VRAM is faster still, although normally used for different purposes. However, it can be used for storage with the right software at your disposal.
GPU Ram Drive is an open-source application that enables you to create a virtual disk using your graphics card’s VRAM and use it as a regular storage drive. It is quite easy to set up, and it doesn’t even require installation.
Creating a GPU RAM drive is not at all difficult
Before anything else, it is worth noting that you need to install ImDisk Virtual Disk Driver before using this application. The setup procedure is very straightforward, and you don’t need to perform any configurations.
Once the first step has been completed, simply unpack the archive and launch the executable file designed for your OS version. You can then mount a virtual drive pretty much instantly, although advanced users can also play around with the settings.
Take advantage of your video card’s memory for faster storage
GPU Ram Drive allows you to select the device to be used, choose a free drive letter, select the drive type and set the memory size. The default format parameters can also be customized.
After mounting the virtual RAM disk, you will see it in File Explorer as a regular drive that can be used to store data. However, keep in mind that any files you store here will be lost when the program is shut down.
The application is very unobtrusive, as you can minimize it to the system tray once the virtual drive has been created. To unmount it or change various parameters, simply click the tray icon.
Useful but rather basic application
Overall, GPU Ram Drive can be very helpful if you have lots of VRAM to spare and want to achieve the highest possible transfer speeds, but it doesn’t offer a lot of features at present, and the available documentation is quite limited. Nevertheless, this is a powerful tool in the right hands, and it has to be said that it is very easy to set up.
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