Putting Scrap on a RAM Disc
From RISC OS
From a Usenet post by David Ruck.
Putting !Scrap in a RAM disc is an archaic practice dating back to the use of RISC OS 2 and floppy discs, where to transfer data between applications, you would have to reinsert the system disc containing !Scrap.
These days it's not beneficial and bad practice for several reasons:
- Applications mainly use RAM transfer for exchanging data between each other, so already work faster than disc, and also faster than a RAM disc.
- Some applications such as Photodesk may need to store 100MB or more of data when processing large images. A static RAM disc is unlikely to be this large, and even if using a dynamic RAM disc such as MemFS the memory would be far better used directly by the application. In the image cache in the case of Photodesk.
- The RAM disc on the Iyonix actually has a lower peak transfer rate than the ATA 100 disc.