What is the RAM Drive or Ram Disk and how is it used in MetaDefender Core?

The RAM Drive (or RAM Disk) is a block of RAM that the computer treats as a disk drive (secondary storage). It serves two purposes:

  1. It is much faster than other forms of storage media, thus speeding the scanning process.

  2. It is more secure then a fixed disk because the contents of the disk are wiped clean on reboot. For example, if the system crashes during the scan process, the files do not inadvertently stay stored in the workspace being used by the antivirus engines.

The RAM Drive is an optional configuration in the MetaDefender Core installation process. It is used as a location for temporary files used by the scanning process. Since the RAM Drive uses system RAM, please make sure that you configure the RAM Drive's size so that you have enough remaining RAM for at least the minimum system requirement of the version of MetaDefender Core you are using.For further details on how to install and configure a RAM Drive for your MetaDefender Core server, please refer to the online documentation. This article explains how to configure the Ram Disk size.This article applies to MetaDefender Core v3
This article was last updated on 2017-12-21
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