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ramBunctious 1.x

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ramb162.sit (254.60 KB)
MD5: fc4e52ba1f6a245c808352cfa63437af
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
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rambunctious1.6.2j.sit_.hqx (396.50 KB)
MD5: 935465714a6ca1b18a0840de64aea057
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
ramb15.sit (233.51 KB)
MD5: 39452d3b069316efddc50e10c627f8e0
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
ramBunctious_1.1.2.sit_.hqx (205.60 KB)
MD5: 2d54b27b77f05761bb30f147ad72d3cd
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
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ramBunctious is a RAM disk program for the Macintosh. The authors claim that ramBunctious maintains the advantages and eliminates the disadvantages of other RAM disk programs. RAM disks are a convenient way to achieve high performance in many applications. Hard drive accesses are hundreds of times slower than memory accesses. RAM disks set aside an amount of memory that the system can then use as a "normal" hard drive, floppy drive, or any other storage device -- except that they're much faster.

ramBunctious maintains the advantages and eliminates the disadvantages of most RAM disk programs. Several options let you customize for your desired balance of speed, security, safety, and versatility. For example, you can set it to write through to a file on a (real) disk for safety in the event of a crash. You can mount as many RAM disks as you wish (or as many as you have memory for) simultaneously. ramBunctious uses the same memory that applications use, so the memory used for each RAM disk is instantly available for other applications when the RAM disk is put away.

You can create better RAM disks for running your applications with ramBunctious. This application offers greater flexibility than the Mac's built-in capabilities, allowing you to create multiple RAM disks, write a RAM disk's contents back to a hard disk for added security in case of a crash, and more. RAM disks are traditionally faster than hard disks for running applications.

Four versions available: version 1.6.2 in English (254.6 KB) and in Japanese (396.5 KB), 1.5 (233.51 KB) and 1.1.2 (205.6 KB).

Register: rb00src

Architecture: 68k PPC

ramBunctious 1.6.2 supports Mac OS 8.6 through Mac OS 9.2.
ramBunctious 1.5 & 1.1.2 support Mac OS 7 and higher.


Jatoba's picture
by Jatoba - 2020, January 21 - 3:41am

Good software, but it seems to hog the CPU from time to time, to the point of slowing down the mouse cursor at times, which is a complete dealbreaker for me, as RAM Disks are all about achieving insane performance, so a big-time CPU hogger is absolutely unwanted considering the scope. I'm also not fond of the little window popping up and staying visible the entire time when you mount a RAM Disk.

Also, contrary to what it says, it doesn't really offer any advantage over Apple's built-in RAM Disk, other than going beyond 256MB or making multiple disks and disk images. If the system crashes, Apple's solution will still save the RAM Disk contents before the computer shuts down (!), while ramBunctious will save its content only in other situations of your choosing, but not at such critical situations. On Old World ROM Macs, Apple's solution even allows you to reboot your system from within a RAM disk. Madness! (In a good way.)

RamBunctious also bugged on me and prevented my computer from even restarting when I tried to create a half GB RAM Disk image and selected all 3 checkboxes to the right. (Selecting those boxes after the image is created works, though.) It still mounted a bugged RAM disk that couldn't be unmounted, making it not possible to shut down the computer or close ramBunctious (the app itself).

For going beyond the 256MB limit, a much more performant, simpler & less-bloated solution is to simply use Make RAM Disk and, to make the contents permanent, back them up yourself somewhere appropriate (image or not). Far, far more efficient. It's even made entirely in AppleScript, so you can edit the source to your liking anytime.

Else, I say stick to Apple's solution.

I have seen some other RAM Disk programs out there for OS 9 and earlier, but I have never used them (or even saved them). But perhaps there is something out there to topple Apple's RAM Disk, ramBunctious and Make RAM Disk. But I have yet to come across such a RAM Disk program.

vintagegeek's picture
by vintagegeek - 2013, March 1 - 2:43am

I like this app. Works nicely on my Performa 6214 with OS 8.6. It takes me back to the days. Fun to store select images, etc. Smile

bertyboy's picture
by bertyboy - 2010, December 29 - 6:08pm

If there's a CODE resource (use ResEdit) in the resource fork, it's m68k. PPC code was stored in the data fork.

IIGS_User's picture
by IIGS_User - 2010, December 29 - 5:51pm

if an application includes 68k or PPC (or both),
you could check with NativeChecker.
Simply drag the desired application onto the NativeChecker application.

Bolkonskij's picture
by Bolkonskij - 2010, December 29 - 11:28am

Personally, this is my favorite RAM disk program for the classic OS. Powerful but easy to handle. Couldn't find out if version 1.5 is FAT, maybe some 68k user can check? Also, again I wish I would be able to name downloads. Would make it much easier to distinguish between the two versions...