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    IRam Speeds Windows XP Start Up??

    http://www.pcworld.com/resource/arti...RSS,RSS,00.asp

    Now the real question is where do we get some of these cards??
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    hmm... it keeps data when turned off, and then if unplugged, keeps data for up to 12 hours.

    That may be no good for car environments.. no power for long enough, and bam, dead OS partition.

    Very cool idea though.. and at $60, it's not cheap, but not that expensive either.

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    yeah i saw the 12 hour thing.. but im sure we can "update" it to get standby power from somewhere else?
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    probably, but I'd be worried as to how much power it takes up. If it's little, this shouldn't be a problem, but if it's a lot, dead battery

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    Not a bad gadget, seems it will be out in july, and $60 doesn't seem that much as it will be a one time thing. But that won't include DRAM , oh well it'll be intersting to see how much of a difference it can make, on a side note this doesn't look like it will affect the bios load time?

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    I dont think it will take a whole lot of power... it will be less than the amount of power a laptop would need to stay in standby... all you are doing is keeping power to the memory...

    your car also has a LOT bigger battery than any laptop i know of...

    This could be a issue if you say leave your car for extended periods of time... but you can always keep a dual boot system. 1 copy of XP booting from your hard drive and another one from the Iram drive...
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    Good point about the bigger battery.

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    This could be a issue if you say leave your car for extended periods of time... but you can always keep a dual boot system. 1 copy of XP booting from your hard drive and another one from the Iram drive...
    and I'd probably want to do something where it "clones" the contents of the IRam drive to the hard drive every bootup, maybe 10 minutes or so after the bootup (and everything's settled down). This way you have an up to date copy on the HDD when (if) everything does crash on the IRam.

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    you can easily do that with windows scheduler... create a batch file that copies the files you want to keep updated to the hard drive... then schedule it for after login...

    keep in mind very few files would change.. for instance you would only need to update the files after you installed any patches for the operating system..

    I would still run frodoplayer etc from my hard drive.. which will be ready the moment after BIOS posted... I just want to load windows faster with this...
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    If you repartition the drive so that you have a system partition and a data partition, you could use Norton Ghost to create an image of the system partition. That way, if the installation does go south, just restore from the Ghost image and your system is back up and running. You could even create a restore partition on the drive to contain the image.

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    That's unusual, no one said repost yet

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