RAM Disk + SSD Raid 0 in new build
Posted on 2013-01-28
ok. This may be crazy but I just can't find an answer to anyone attempting this or considering it. I have a new PC build. At first I was going with 2 SSD's in RAID 0 with a backup of the entire system in case the RAID fails. I had toyed with the though of trying out a RAM disk but never really dove into the usefulness of one. After a decent amount of research I am thinking that maybe I definitely want to use a RAM disk. Now, I am wondering if the two can be used together and if so what would be a good strategy? The RAM disk is obviously volatile memory which will be cleared when power is gone. The will require a backup to a drive. Since this may take a long time (I will have 32GB installed and considering up to half dedicated to the RAM disk) I was thinking leaving the 2 SSD's in RAID 0 may be a good route to go due to the speed proficiency writing large amounts of data. The backup of the system will remain unchanged.
If this seems like a reasonable way to go and even if it isn't what would be the best strategy to install the OS, and software? I do a lot of Excel. Were talking spreadsheets in excess of 100k rows and now less than 10 calculations per row. these spreadsheets often run alongside at least one web browser with multiple tabs open, a chat client(Skype usually), email client and whatever other program I may need at the time.
Here is an idea of what the build looks like. Nothing is OC'd yet.
Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z
Gskill Trident 32GB (4x8 at 1866mhz stock)
(2) 180GB Intel 520's
Not sure if you need the other specs or not.