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RAMDisk in Windows 7 / Win XP

For the purpose of searching my past emails (which I often has to do), can
someone give me the steps (or freeware) to set up a RAMDisk so that I
can place my .pst outlook file on it for fast searching.

My laptop (Win 7 / Win XP) has 8GB RAM & thought of assigning 4 GB as
RAMdisk.

Don't intend to buy SSD as this is company work & I shouldn't have
spent $ for company work
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I last used RAMdisk in the days of MSDOS 6 & Win 3.1 so I'm
not sure if what I'm asking now is something that doesn't
exist anymore ?
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Found a couple of freeware RAM drive software:
Does  "PE Builder" helps speed up booting time of Win 7 ?
If it does, where can I download it?

Also, where can I download "ImDisk" & "Gavotte RamDisk"?

Which among the 3 of them help with faster Windows bootup
& application loading time (in particular, my IE8 is very slow) ?
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Thanks v much.  I'm on 64-bit Win 7.  Heard that DataRam free
version could support only up to 4GB RAMdisk

I thought of using Bestsync software to cut down the copying as
I heard Bestsync could sync differential even if files are locked.

CPU is X220, so should be sufficient or I can set the priority of
CPU for the searching mechanism to be lowest.

Is there any way to speed up boot time of the laptop using
DataRam  or I'll need PE Boot?
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If I just do "hibernate" instead of shutdown/reboot, would the
contents of the RAMDisk be preserved across reboot?
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