Ramdrive question!

I have a 10 gig ramdrive set up. I want to use it to run a specific game off of.
Should i choose fat32 or NTFS...which one is faster and why!

Thanks guys!
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  1. I don't have a definitive answer, but my guess is you won't notice the difference as ram drives are extremely fast by nature. You should get excellent speeds regardless.
  2. Fat32 is a little bit faster under some conditions, but NTFS is so much bettar at almost everything else, for example it is much morre reliable.

    However, as hawkeye said, the deifference on a ramdrive will be almost nonexistent. I'd go for NTFS.
  3. There are some limitation with Fat32 that may preclude usage. ie max file size is 1 byte less than 4 gigs. So if you intend to place a 4gig, or larger file size - OPPS, no workee.
    Other lmitations: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314463

    Interms of speed: a Ramdrive is approx 10 times faster than a SSD. NOTE it will slow down start-up and shutdown times as the Ramdisk contents will be read into memory form hard drive (SSD or HDD) and writen to the hard drive on shutdown.

    Ramdrive I use: http://memory.dataram.com/products-and-services/software/ramdisk/
    Free for Creating a Ramdrive upto 4 gigs, $19 for creating larger than 4 gig drive (I got it for $15)
  4. I'd go with NTFS since it has features like file ownership. I don't think FAT has any concept of file ownership and since NTFS is a journaling file sytem, it's less prone to corruption.
  5. ^ concur
  6. I don't think it will make a difference in speed - it's a RAMdrive.


    1,000 times as fast vs. 998 times as fast - you will never notice.

    But, as has been notes, FAT32 has limitations that NTFS does not.
  7. thanks for thee replies guys! i really appreciate it! And by 4gig size for the fat32 limitation. Are we talking about 1 file that is 4 gigs or bigger wont work? Or are we talking if i put a folder in there that is 8 gigs. ( that has a bunch of smaller files in there)


    thanks agian doods!
  8. 4 gig limitation w/Fat32 is file size for a single file. In most cases this only effects large video files. typical single file size for a blue ray is from about 10 gigs to around 35 gigs.
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