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DOS, Win 3.1,3.11,Win 95,98,ME Ramdrives List and Performance Comparison

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98SE    7

I'm looking for a list of DOS Ramdrives and Windows 3.1/3.11/95/98/ME Ramdrives for a Performance Comparison test.

I will be testing them for compatibility, stability, and speed on the P4, Z77, and Z170. (386 and 486 might be tested later)

Anyone is welcome to add their recommended programs to this topic.  You can explain why you like or dislike it and any special parameters or features you use.  Free or Commercial Ramdrives are acceptable.  Any benchmark programs you would like to see used go ahead and list.

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║ DOS RAMDISKS ║
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[Jaclaz] Currently proposed:

ReSizeable RAMDisk - SRDISK:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/srdisk/

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2005 Freeware Jason Hood SHSUFDRV v1.02, SHSURDRV v1.11 - SHSUFDRV:

https://www.ibiblio.org/pub/micro/pc-stuff/freedos/files/util/disk/shsufdrv/

http://adoxa.altervista.org/shsufdrv/index.html

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║ 95/98/ME RAMDISKS ║
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[Jaclaz], [tErmY] Currently proposed:

Original Ramdisk Franck Uberto Ramdisk v1.9i - 8-12-1998 - XMSDSK.EXE and EMSDSK.EXE

Functionality: Working on Z77

https://www.terabyteunlimited.com/kb/article.php?id=267

http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/downloads/thirdparty/ram_drive.zip

http://www.uwe-sieber.de/files/xmsdsk.zip

Franck Uberto's Ramdisk v1.9i - 8-12-1998 - fu_rd19i.zip - XMSDSK.EXE and EMSDSK.EXE

http://www.geocities.ws/politalk/rmdrv/fu_rd19i.htm

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Cenatek (Shareware), pretty hard to find nowadays:

http://cz.nnhost.ru/soft/%D1%E8%C4%E8%F0%EE%EC/MkBootCD/ramdisk9xme15.zip

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║MEMORY MANAGERS║
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HimemX v3.34 - 06-05-2013 - The Ultimate DOS XMS memory manager derived from FreeDOS Himem.

Functionality: Working on Z77

Authors: Japheth, Tom Ehlert, Till Gerken

Possible advantages noted:

04/27/2008 v3.33: HimemX don't freeze on 386 CPUs now.

04/13/2007, v3.28: - bugfix: HimemX checks for a 80386 cpu *before* using 32bit opcodes, so there is a true chance that this driver will not crash on a 80286.

https://sourceforge.net/projects/himemx/

 

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║COMMERCIAL RAMDISKS ║
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jaclaz    911

Well, it is not like there will be such a long list.

SHSUFDRV:

http://adoxa.altervista.org/shsufdrv/index.html
Franck Uberto's one:

http://www.geocities.ws/politalk/rmdrv/fu_rd19i.htm

SRDISK:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/srdisk/

Cenatek (Shareware), pretty hard to find nowadays:

http://cz.nnhost.ru/soft/%D1%E8%C4%E8%F0%EE%EC/MkBootCD/ramdisk9xme15.zip

jaclaz
 

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jaclaz    911
7 hours ago, jumper said:

> I'm looking
Start your search at Google.com.

 

Ow, come on, you cannot discuss with Google, nor nitpick with it on names given to programs, half of the fun would go away. ;)

Just as an example, without the information that fu_rd comes out from Franck Uberto's Ram Disk, one may assume that it comes from "furd" which would open a hell of a renaming contest:

jaclaz

 

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98SE    7
16 hours ago, jaclaz said:

Ow, come on, you cannot discuss with Google, nor nitpick with it on names given to programs, half of the fun would go away. ;)

Just as an example, without the information that fu_rd comes out from Franck Uberto's Ram Disk, one may assume that it comes from "furd" which would open a hell of a renaming contest:

jaclaz

 

LOL.  Does sound similar to Tu_rd if that's what you meant needing renaming. :whistle:

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tErmY    1
3 minutes ago, jaclaz said:

Which is still Franck Uberto's one, originally distributed as fu_rd19i.zip:

Thanks.  I didn't know that.  Downloaded for posterity  :D

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tErmY    1

You weren't kidding.  They look like the exact same files.  I grabbed the others while I was at it.  I might need something to do after I finish transplanting XP files.

FWIW, I use XMSDSK on my clunkers.

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98SE    7
2 hours ago, tErmY said:

No QEMM or Helix Hurricane?

How about XMSDSK?

Qemm is for DOS Memory manager.

Where is this Helix Hurricane?

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dencorso    515
2 hours ago, 98SE said:

Where is this Helix Hurricane?

Moved on to fertilizer business some 20 years ago. See: Helix.

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98SE    7
3 hours ago, dencorso said:

Moved on to fertilizer business some 20 years ago. See: Helix.

I was looking for a link to whatever Ramdisk program he was talking about.

But I see this company was responsible for Memmaker for DOS which I used but it certainly wasn't as good as QEMM for MM.

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dencorso    515
On 3/1/2009 at 4:09 AM, dencorso said:

I've been doing some tests with RLoew's non-XMS RAMDSK32... Here are the results:

Gigabyte i-RAM hardware ramdisk vs. RLoew's software-only non-XMS RAMDSK32

GB i-RAM 1.5GiB (Win 98 SE) FAT-32
------------------------------------------------------------------
CrystalDiskMark 2.2 © 2007-2008 hiyohiyo
Crystal Dew World : http://crystalmark.info/
------------------------------------------------------------------

Sequential Read * : 122.1 MB/s
Sequential Write * : 120.4 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 115.1 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 119.4 MB/s
Random Read 4KB : 44.3 MB/s
Random Write 4KB : 41.0 MB/s

*Test Size : 100 MB

Obs: The GB i-RAM is a SATA-I device, so its theoretic maximum allowable data transfer is 150.0 MB/s...

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RLoew's RAMDSK32 1.5GiB (Win 98 SE) FAT-16

------------------------------------------------------------------
CrystalDiskMark 2.2 © 2007-2008 hiyohiyo
Crystal Dew World : http://crystalmark.info/
------------------------------------------------------------------

Sequential Read * : 275.7 MB/s
Sequential Write * : 180.2 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 269.6 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 82.5 MB/s
Random Read 4KB : 248.9 MB/s
Random Write 4KB : 41.0 MB/s

*Test Size : 100 MB

Obs: using the SYSENTER Method.

On 3/1/2009 at 4:09 AM, dencorso said:

Now, to provide a comparison with another very reliable software ramdisk (this one works only under the Win NT family OSes) here are some more results:

Gigabyte i-RAM hardware ramdisk vs. Gavotte's software-only NT-only RRAMDISK

GB i-RAM 1.5GiB (Win XP SP3) FAT-32

------------------------------------------------------------------
CrystalDiskMark 2.2 © 2007-2008 hiyohiyo
Crystal Dew World : http://crystalmark.info/
------------------------------------------------------------------

Sequential Read * : 132.9 MB/s
Sequential Write * : 126.2 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 132.9 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 125.8 MB/s
Random Read 4KB : 58.6 MB/s
Random Write 4KB : 51.7 MB/s

*Test Size : 100 MB

Obs: The GB i-RAM is a SATA-I device, so its theoretic maximum allowable data transfer is 150.0 MB/s...

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Gavotte's RRAMDISK 1.5GiB (Win XP SP3) FAT-32

------------------------------------------------------------------
CrystalDiskMark 2.2 © 2007-2008 hiyohiyo
Crystal Dew World : http://crystalmark.info/
------------------------------------------------------------------

Sequential Read * : 308.4 MB/s
Sequential Write * : 315.6 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 270.7 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 276.1 MB/s
Random Read 4KB : 36.1 MB/s
Random Write 4KB : 34.9 MB/s

*Test Size : 100 MB

Obs: 1)Gavotte's RRAMDISK.SYS is a WDM device that only exists after Win XP has fully initialized.
2) RRAMDISK.SYS v. 1.0.4096.5_200811130 was used for this test.

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