Use Image File (2) - Save & Load

VSuite Ramdisk supports four kinds of save actions: Shutdown Save, Timing Save, Real-Time Save and On-demand Save. If save action is enabled, it automatically enables load action which loads the image file at system startup. The VSuite Ramdisk also supports to load action only without save actions.

Save at Computer Shutdown

To save data to the image file when the system shuts down, users must tick the Enable Image File checkbox and the Save at Computer Shutdown checkbox, and input the image file path name (full path name), as the following figure shows. Users may select the image file format or other options based on the applications (see Image File Formats & Advanced Options).

Note:
1. The target location of the image file cannot be on ramdisk or network disk, it must be on physical hard disk.
2. If the image file exists already, it will be overwritten at system shutdown. Otherwise it will be created automatically.
3. The last path name of the image path must be file name, not the directory name. Take the above figure as an example, if there happens to be a directory named "image.vdf", it will fail to save the image file.
4. The file system of the volume in which the image file is stored must be the same as that of the volume in which Windows OS is installed. For eg, if Windows OS is installed in C drive, and C Drive is formatted as NTFS filesystem, then the image file must be in NTFS volume also. Otherwise, the ramdisk will fail to load the image file.
5. There must be enough free disk space to store the image file.
6. When this feature is enabled, it will automatically load the image file at system startup.

Timing Save

The Timing Save allows the ramdisk to save data to the image file repeatedly after a given time interval. The minimum time interval is 15 minutes. Tick the Timing Save checkbox and input the time interval to start the timing save. See Shutdown Save for other information.

Real-Time Save

The Real-Time Save tries to provide a more robust data keep mechanism. It is designed for the sudden power loss. Data is almost immediately written to the image file whenever data arrives to the ramdisk. Thus, it minimises the influence of a sudden power loss. To enable Real-Time Save, tick the Real-Time Save checkbox. See Shutdown Save for other information.

On-demand Save

Users can save data to an image file manually at any time they want. First click and thus select the item in the Ramdisk List, and then press the Save Image button.

A dialog will popup,

Use the ramdisk's settings: Data will be saved to the image file according to the settings of the ramdisk itself. If the ramdisk doesn't enable image file feature, it will fail to save.
Save as: Data will be saved to another image file specified by the image path and the format which are set via the dialog.

Press the Save button to start save process. A message will popup to prompt if successfully or not when completed. If successfully, it also tells how much time is taken to save the image file.

Load Image File Only

In some cases, users may want to load the image file without any save actions. To do this, users need to tick the Enable Image File checkbox, untick all the checkboxes of the save actions, and input the image file path. Refer to the following figure.

The image file must exist before loading. There are two methods to get the initial image file:
a) Manually save the image file. (See On-demand Save and select "Save as" in the popped-up dialog)
Or b) Tick the "Save at Computer Shutdown" checkbox at first, therefore an image file will be created when system shuts down. After that, modify the ramdisk's propeties to disable "Save at Computer Shutdown".

Easy Image Load [requires version 4.5 or later]

This function provides a easy way to create a ramdisk from an image file. Press the Load Image button,

a file open dialog will pop up to locate the image file that will be loaded. Then a dialog shows as below,

select the options for the ramdisk, and then press "Create Ramdisk" button. A ramdisk shall be created and the specified image file shall be loaded to this new created ramdisk.