Speeding up ASP.NET development environment with a memory ram disk

The basics for these tips are that you are willing to use some of your computer memory to speed things up.

The concept is to use a RAM disk for temporary files storage to speed up the development environment. I am currently using 512 memory on my 8gb Windows 8 pc for the RAM disk.

The tips originates from:
http://blog.lavablast.com/post/2010/12/01/Slash-your-ASPNET-compileload-time.aspx

Step 1. Install Ram disk (free software):
http://reboot.pro/files/file/284-imdisk-toolkit/
Run ImDisk Ram Disk Configuration.
Set drive to q: and 512mb RAM disk on my 8 gb memory pc, enable “Launch at Windows Startup”.

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Above: here the drive size is set to 512mb. Its changeable, its a “temp” drive. Its non persistant everything gets wiped upon system restart.

Step 2. Set asp net temp folders pointed to RAM disk:
(from http://blog.lavablast.com/post/2010/12/01/Slash-your-ASPNET-compileload-time.aspx)
“To speed up the first load time, you can tell IIS to store its temporary files on your RAM disk (or fastest disk) by changing the following setting in your web.config files:

You can either change your project files directly, or, if you’ve lazy and have numerous applications running on your development machine (like I do), update the system-wide web.config files. Note that you need to update this for each runtime version of the Framework and, if running a 64-bit machine, for both Framework and Framework64. On my machine, I needed to modify the following files:

1: C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\CONFIG\Web.config
2: C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\Config\Web.config
3: C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v2.0.50727\CONFIG\Web.config
4: C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v4.0.30319\Config\Web.config

Step 3. Chrome cache pointed to RAM disk:
If you use Chrome as development browser this tip helps you point out the custom cache folder and set a size.
https://href.li/?http://jchaois.blogspot.se/2013/11/chrome-cache-location-and-size.html

Shortcut target value (pointed to q: drive and 100mb cache) :

Regedit value:

 

The results
It feels like my computer is “snappier” and faster when surfing in Chrome. But I am not really sure if the time to render first page after build is any faster? It still takes about 1 minute after rebuild of entire solution.

More tweaks

Tell antivirus (for me its just windows defender) to exclude q: folder from scanning. You could also add your base projects folder and Visual Studio folders;
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0
C:\Projects

Excluded process:
C:\Windows\System32\inetsrv\w3wp.exe

Create a bat file for starting Visual Studio to enforce Visual Studio temp files to q:
http://www.codewrecks.com/blog/index.php/2009/08/31/speedup-visual-studio-with-ramdisk/

Bat and shortcut file for download:
Visual Studio 2013.zip

Set ReSharper temp files to use system temp as well:
http://johnnycoder.com/blog/2009/12/23/resharper-file-location/

Not sure if this speeds things up: (just another temp folder used by IIS):
http://serverfault.com/questions/89245/how-to-move-c-inetpub-temp-apppools-to-another-disk

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