Ram Disk Creator
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Create RAM disks.   Shareware ($14.95)
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Ram Disk Creator is a tool to create Ram Disks. This feature was available in Mac OS 9 and below, but since Apple released Mac OS X this capability, unfortunately, disappeared from our Macs. Ram Disk Creator brings them back!

It's pretty straight forward to figure out whether using a RAM disk is worth it. A ram disk offers the possibility to have the FASTEST DISK your Mac could ever have. Therefore it's the best solution for applications which require frequent disk accesses.

Moreover Ram Disks are very useful for Powerbooks and iBooks because using a Ram Disk instead of the hard
What's New
Version 1.0.1:
  • Possibility to mount the ram disk at any path.
  • New software update.
  • Memory leak fixed.
  • Mac OS X Sever compatibility improved.
Requirements
PPC, Mac OS X 10.3 or later






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Anonymous reviewed on 28 Dec 2004
Very nice utility
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Anonymous reviewed on 27 Dec 2004
In the majority of cases a RAM disk is a waste of time because MacOS X's virtual memory system does the exact same thing, except the VM system is more intelligent about what it caches.

Most of the time you will just wind up putting a second copy of all of the data (which the VM system may wind up paging to disk anyways... killing the usefulness).
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Anonymous commented on 27 Dec 2004
This is for the people that want to 'control the computer not the other way around' regardess of the facts.
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Anonymous commented on 27 Dec 2004
Or for people who _think_ they are getting more control over their computer, moreover.
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Anonymous commented on 05 Feb 2005
Either way, RAM is faster than HD (VM)
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Anonymous commented on 01 May 2005
If this program is written properly (which is hard to tell without its source code), it will lock the memory for the RAM disk into physical memory, preventing it from getting paged out.

The virtual memory system can't beat the user when it comes to some types of prediction of what will be needed. A user who is going to watch a long movie or listen to a lot of music can give an accurate prediction and copy all the data in one operation, then let the hard disk spin down. It's the merging of all the reads into a single block of time that results in savings.

I used to run Mac OS 7.6.1 entirely off a RAM disk. The computer was very quiet. I had a backup script that periodically ran and copied any changed files to a mirror on the hard drive.
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Anonymous reviewed on 27 Dec 2004
Won't storing files on a disk image accomplish the same thing?
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Anonymous commented on 27 Dec 2004
No.
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Anonymous commented on 28 Dec 2004
ya but its just the fact that its a i wonder program
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Downloads:6,191
Version Downloads:4,538
Type:Utilities : System
License:Shareware
Date:27 Dec 2004
Platform:PPC 32 / OS X
Price: $14.95
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Ram Disk Creator is a tool to create Ram Disks. This feature was available in Mac OS 9 and below, but since Apple released Mac OS X this capability, unfortunately, disappeared from our Macs. Ram Disk Creator brings them back!

It's pretty straight forward to figure out whether using a RAM disk is worth it. A ram disk offers the possibility to have the FASTEST DISK your Mac could ever have. Therefore it's the best solution for applications which require frequent disk accesses.

Moreover Ram Disks are very useful for Powerbooks and iBooks because using a Ram Disk instead of the hard disk means using MUCH less power, therefore dramatically increase battery life. For instance a Powerbook can play 2 hours DivX by placing the movie on a ram disk because there will be only few disk accesses.

Ram Disk Creator is a shareware application. However you can use it with all features enabled and fully evaluate its capabilities.


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