RAM Drives

Okay, so your old SATA hard drives are big and slow. It takes a long time to write and read data to those.

Then there’s these new solid state drives (SSD). Lots of chips on those. They’re fast. Newer than the SSD are NVMe. And there’s even faster storage options than those.

But you know what’s really fast? Your RAM memory.

If only there was a way to store your Second Life cache on that.

Set up a RAM drive

A RAM drive allows you to use system memory like a hard drive.

It’s extremely fast. But it vanishes when you restart your system. Thankfully, you can save it or load it at system restart.

The one I use is SoftPerfect RAM Disk. But there’s others out there, so check their reputations and support pages.

Because I have so much memory on my system, I created an 8GB RAM Drive for my Second Life cache and an 8GB RAM Drive for temporarily saving photos and videos. Because Second Life can save photos and videos faster, my system doesn’t stall as long between snapshots and captures.

  1. In the menu bar, click Image.
  2. Then click Create Image.
  3. Set a directory location and name it something sensible.
  4. Give it a size in MB.
  5. Change type to FAT32.
  6. Click OK
  7. Click the plus button.
  8. Give it the same size as the image in MB.
  9. Select the drive image’s location and name.
  10. Select a drive letter.
  11. Select the Save drive contents to image checkbox.
  12. Click OK.

The R drive stores photos, and the S drive is for Second Life cache.

  1. Open Preferences (Control-P).
  2. Click the Network & Files tab, then click the Directories tab.
  3. For Cache location, click Set.
  4. Select the drive you set for the cache and click OK.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Restart your viewer.

When I am done capturing photos and video, I move it to my old hard drive for long-term storage.