How To Run Steam Games On A RAM Drive or RAM Disk

So you want to have nearly instant load times for your steam games?  You need to run a RAMdrive.  The following instructions will get you there.

  • Have a 64bit version of Windows.
  • Have a lot of System Memory(RAM).
  • Download ImDisk, install it.
    • Run Imdisk.
      • Click "Mount New"
      • The size of disk you need may vary, I've chosen 16GB here.
      • A pop-up will inform you that you need to format the new disk before you can use it.  Press "Ok."
      • Press Start.
  • Download and install SteamTool Library Manager.
  • Make sure Steam is closed.
  • Create a backup of whatever game you wish to put on your RAMdrive.  In this case I've chosen Planetside 2.  You're creating a backup because if your power goes out, you will lose the entire game and have to re-download from Steam.
  • Run the SteamTool Library Manager.
    • On the right side, select "browse" and then select your newly formatted RAMdrive.  Mine is Disk F:
    • Select the game you want to move.  Planetside 2, in this case.
    • Click "Move to Storage."
    • Hit Start.
    • Launch the game and enjoy your half-second load times.
    • If you need to shut down your computer, be sure to move the game back to steam.
next >