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Use a RAMdisk to manage downloads
Authored by: Frederico on Jan 11, '11 09:43:41AM

Sorry. I don't see the advantage to this hint. Who reboots enough to make this hint very useful? Who monitors their downloads folder so carefully as to not lose valuable downloads by forgetting to take inventory before all these frequent shutdowns?

RAM disks offer best possible speed to and from "disk". Other than forcing packratters to clean up -- like it or not -- this hint seems to add needless complexity; it feels like a gun to the head to me, disallowing a fast shutdown or protection from a freeze (rare as they may be).

"Sure, Apple, go ahead and restart after you install your security update. Crap! I forgot to sort my d/l folder first and lost that 9GB DMG file that took seven hours to d/l!"

Seems to me a cron script or a login item to sweep the d/l folder would exactly as useful and not devote precious ram for a single purpose. Unless you have anabundance of ram and never generate more than one swap file all this hint does is increase disk thrash and reduce battery on mobiles.

A cleaner script could also be written to only zap those files that annoy, such as the OP's PDF files, leaving safe those sometimes hard-won DMG updaters and paid-for installers.
I'm generally not so critical of hints; this one just seems like making excuses to use a RAM disk because you can, not because it's particularly useful or better than easier and less chaotic means.



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Use a RAMdisk to manage downloads
Authored by: afingal on Jan 11, '11 11:46:39AM

Right, this isn't exactly the best use case for a RAM disk. The best use I ever got from a RAM disk was ten years or so ago I put my web browser (Netscape) cache on one. This did three things. It sped up web browsing, improved privacy because the cache files would be totally gone after a restart and it prevented disk corruption. Netscape used to be horrible in this regard, frequently requiring the use of Disk Warrior or Norton Utilities to fix. Putting its cache on a RAM disk saved the hard drive. I don't think you'd see the same benefit with the faster computers and less buggy software of today but maybe it would still make some difference.



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Use a RAMdisk to manage downloads
Authored by: TonyT on Jan 11, '11 11:49:53AM

Agreed. This is a very poor hint (there's been a lot of those lately)
A better 'hint' is to move the d/l folder to the Trash weekly via a launchd script, and use another launchd to clean the Trash of files older than a month.



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Use a RAMdisk to manage downloads
Authored by: boredzo on Jan 16, '11 12:02:48AM
Who reboots enough to make this hint very useful?
I do. I shut down my computer nearly every day, except in cases of long downloads/iTunes queues I want to leave running overnight.
Who monitors their downloads folder so carefully as to not lose valuable downloads by forgetting to take inventory before all these frequent shutdowns?

Nobody, but that means nothing.

I simply test everything I download immediately after it finishes (Growl helps a lot with this). If I want to keep it, I move it to the hard disk. If not, I leave it where it is, knowing that it will go away when I shut down or restart.

"Sure, Apple, go ahead and restart after you install your security update. Crap! I forgot to sort my d/l folder first and lost that 9GB DMG file that took seven hours to d/l!"
I would never download a 9 GB file to the RAM disk, even if I had the RAM. Everything larger than half a GB that I download is something I know I'm going to want to keep, so I download that sort of thing straight to the hard drive.

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