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Set up RAM disk in WIN7?

Posted on 2010-09-12
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I'm thinking of making a high volume OCR machine, hoping to get maximum performance.  The system will run 24/7, prociessing about 200K PDFs per day.  I am considering the new Corsair F60 SSD for the OS (WIN7) and all other programs.  But I am concerned about wear out of the flash with some many files pouring through it daily.  So I thought I could set up  RAMDISK for the PDFs, but cannot find instructions as to how to do so.  I plan to install WIN7 64-bit OS so that plenty of RAM is available.
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SSD drives aren't like USB keys, there is no "wear" on them when you reach too many write cycles. If they don't break due to some other bad luck, they should really last longer than conventional HD's.
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Maybe you could checkout O3Spaces then:

http://www.linux-watch.com/news/NS3513176830.html
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Sorry, ignore the above comment, that was meant for another Question....
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rindl: I note that Corsair mentions their wear-leveling technique, so wear must be some sort of issue.  I thought I saw somewhere a claim of 10K write cycles, but I have seen other comments on the product category at large claiming 1 million write cycles.  But when processing 200K pages per day, 73 million per year, any degradation at all is a concern.  Even if it doesn't fail, if it maps out sectors that eventually causes speed loss it is suboptimal for me.  A 1GB RAM disk would hold about 32K pages at a time, and my system flows them through constantly so it is really just a buffer.  If I have power loss and lose some files it is no problem because I always know what files I should have and can just go get them again.  I guess I would say that if the RAMDISK is easy to do, and it appears so, why not?
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Thanks.  I had done some searching but didn't find this utility.

Mike
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