posted on Jan, 26 2014 @ 04:43 PM
The idea here is to mimic the operation of the Adaptive Memory Technology used in hybrid hard drives. -
Hybrid Hard Drives use both a larger mechanical drive coupled with a smaller SSD drive . The software for the adaptive memory technology places the
programs/windows functions you run the most into the small SSD drive so they will load/run faster. It does this by using using advanced algorithms to
decide what critical data to place on the drive.
These drives are meant to give you SSD like speeds without the SSD price tag and for the most part, they do come close to SSD speeds. However a Ram
Drive can be up to 10 times faster than an SSD. !!
I just learned about these hybrid drives last night and thought well gee.. my 3.0 USB flash drive is faster than my hard drive anyway, so why isn't
there some type of Adaptive Memory Technology for flash drives? This would be even better once USB 3.1 comes out.. it will be 10 times faster than USB
Well searching didn't find anything like AMT for flash drives. Someone should make it !! There is ReadyBoost or eBooster but this is not the same.
ReadyBoost doesn't create any virtual ram drives via memory like a ram drive, it just cashes pre-fetched data into the (much slower than Ram) USB
drive itself for a small performance boost.
Using a ram drive/disk seems the best way to go. A Ram Drive creates virtual hard drive space in ram memory so when you load and run the program it's
always running directly from system ram. This is what makes it so much faster than SSD's. I have 8 gigs of system ram anyway so I plan to use 4 gigs
for the ram disk.
The thing is.. I don't know what that Adaptive Memory Technology decides is best to put on the SSD - or in my case, on the much faster than SSD, Ram
Drive. The software is made to do the calculations automatically to decide whats needed on the SSD , I will not have that benefit so I'll need to
configure the ram drive by hand. I plan to use Promo Ram Disk because it can save ram disk data on shutdown or at the click of a button. These
programs have to save the data to hard drive temporarily because otherwise on shutdown all data is lost.
Does anyone have good guide lines on how to pick and choose what to place on the ram drive for the best performance boost?
edit on 26-1-2014
by JohnPhoenix because: addition