One of the best investments (and performance boast) is to get an SSD drive which will speed up load times by a lot. There is, however an even fast technology which is RAM Disk.
RAM disk is creating a disk partition held within memory which is even faster than SSD. RAM Disk do, however carry it’s problems such as compatibility and lost of data should the computer crash or loose power. Another draw back is the state of the RAM disk needs to be saved and restored from SSD / HDD if you want to keep the data held on it. This can cause boot up and shutdown times to be longer. The issue gets worse bigger the disk is.
RAM Disk requires software to setup. Most of them are paid for but we will use DataRAM RAMDisk which has a lite edition for free. The free versions puts restrictions on settings and has a limit of 4GB but this should be sufficient for basic usage.
Download and install DataRAM RAMDisk.
Make sure the Disk Size is set to the maximum (for lite edition 4092MB) in the Settings tab.
Set the partition type to Unformatted Partition.
Select GPT and press OK on the Initialize Disk diaglog.
Format the drive using the following attributes:
Press Next > and then Finish button.
A new hard disk should appear in the Computer section.
Using DataRAM’s RAMDisk software is very easy to setup a RAMDisk. This guide only covers creating the disk itself but look out for future articles on using the RAM Disk.