RDISK is a DOS RAM-disk driver like tdsk (Turbodisk).
rdisk [/Sn] [/:L]
/Sn Specifies a desired RAM-disk size in megabytes of XMS memory.
Values may be any number from 2 to 2047. /S1024 or more
creates a 1- to 2-GIGABYTE RAM-disk! If /S is omitted or
invalid, a 25-MB RAM-disk is created by default. For old
V2.0 XMS managers (ROM-DOS etc.) only /S2 through /S60 may
/:L Specifies the DOS drive letter desired to access RDISK files.
L may be any available drive letter from A to Z, e.g. /:N
assigns drive N: to all RDISK files. If the drive letter
is too high or already in use, RDISK will abort, and users
may need "LASTDRIVE=" in CONFIG.SYS to set up more drives.
If RDISK is loaded by CONFIG.SYS, or if /: is omitted, the
next free drive letter will be used.
RDISK creates a "fast" disk drive using 2 Megabytes to 2 GIGABYTES of
XMS memory! It loads as a system driver in CONFIG.SYS, or it can load
later in AUTOEXEC.BAT or by user command.
DOS can copy critical programs, data files, and other directories which
need fast access (compiler TEMP files, databases, etc.) to the RAMdisk,
where they can be read and written at memory speeds! If loaded after
CONFIG.SYS, RDISK files can be assigned to any free DOS drive letter by
using its /: switch. RDISK runs with V2.0 or V3.0 XMS managers (60-MB
maximum with V2.0 XMS). It uses only 656 to 752 bytes of upper-memory
depending on the system configuration, and it can also load in 640K DOS
memory. RDISK is a small "load it and forget about it" driver for use
when resizing or other features are not needed.
For more information read "README.txt" in drivers.zip.
IN CONFIG.SYS / FDCONFIG.SYS:
An example CONFIG.SYS file using V3.70+ UMBPCI and XMGR is as follows:
SHELL=C:\DOS\COMMAND.COM C:\DOS /E:512 /P
DEVICE=C:\BIN\JEMM386.EXE I=B000-B7FF X=C800-EFFF NOEMS ;Optional
DEVICEHIGH=C:\BIN\UIDE.SYS /S500 /D:CDROM1 ;Or UIDEJR
DEVICEHIGH=C:\BIN\RDISK.COM /S250 ;Optional
An example for AUTOEXEC.BAT:
LH C:\BIN\RDISK.COM /S500 /:Q [Load RDISK, assign drive Q:]
MD Q:\DOS [Create RAM-disk directories]
MD Q:\ ...
COPY C:DOS\*.* Q:\DOS [Copy DOS files to RAM-disk]
COPY C:\USERPROG\*.* Q:\USERPROG [Copy programs to RAM-disk]
COPY C:\...\*.* Q:\... [Copy other files, as needed]
... [Optional: Verify RAM files]
PATH Q:\DOS;Q:\USERPROG;Q:\... [Tell DOS "new directories!"]
Please read this command's lsm file also.
You will find the updated version (internet) here and
the version described in this manual page here.
The lsm file contains information about the name of the programmer,
the download site, and some other command related information.
Copyright © 2010 Jack Ellis, updated 2011 by W. Spiegl.
This file is derived from the FreeDOS Spec Command HOWTO.
See the file H2Cpying for copying conditions.