I'm wondering if a similar thing can be done with an entire partition. so on boot, a partition is written to the ram drive, and the ram drive would boot from that.
theoritcally it seems possible, but not sure that tools to do it exist.
did anything in your searches touch on that?
Zip up the contents of the whole partition? A partition is just a place to put stuff.
I was thinking that windows xp can be done this way, but it would mean getting a modified NTLDR to kick off, once it's in the RAM drive.
I've just done some searching, and can see that XP can be booted from CD using BartPE. so it is possible, but thinking about it some more, this is not such a good solution since the partion would be around 300mb or so. I guess that's why you opted to use 98 and not XP.
perhaps copying the zip from a DVD would be better? a 16x DVD reader can read at around 21mb/sec. it'll take a few seconds to spin up to that speed of course.
I'm just thinking out aloud here!
perhaps waiting/paying more for some faster DOM/CF cards is the best thing to do.
I got 22 seconds recently, but after some changes I've recently done, like drivers, network services etc, it's gone to 35 seconds. I think I can redcuce that a little, but what I'd really love to see, is my pc boot in 10 seconds from start. then it will be more or less like a car stereo.
how much was the sandisk iv again
I haven't had much luck finding IVs to purchase....perhaps I'm not looking at the right places?