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    Default ASrock Xfast ram utility-need help

    I have an Asrock oc formula Z77 with an intel i7 3770k. running window 7/64, fresh install. i have 32gb ddr 3 ram installed, and on installation of all the software that came with my mb, I made a 2gb Xfast ram drive. I have several questions involving this utility-and I could not find the answer using google.
    1. How do I get rid of the 2gb partition, and regain all 32gb of my ram?

    2. How do I enlarge the ram partition? that part is greyed out-and that is my problem now. there are times when I want to use more than 2gb or ram, as a ram drive.

    3. How do I make it smaller?? again, that part of the software is greyed out.

    To get rid of the existing ram partition, i have tried; turning off Xfast ram, rebooting, going into windows disk management, and trying to delete the partition. it still appears-but is unallocated, and I can't get it to release the ram no matter what I do. I thought if I could completely remove that 2gb existing ram partition, then I could make another one with the Xfast ram software-but, it appears it's not that easy.

    why can't you have the ability to simply do what I want to do in the questions above??!!

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    Default Re: ASrock Xfast ram utility-need help

    112 views, and nobody can help???
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    Default Re: ASrock Xfast ram utility-need help

    First, all the control and configuration of an XFast RAM disk is done through the AXTU utility. Trying to manipulate it with Windows will not work.

    AFAIK, the only way to change the size of this RAM Disk when one currently exists, is to first click Stop on its AXTU configuration page. You may be able to change the size after the Stop, and if not you must reboot. A few small messages are displayed on that screen when you do something, wait for them to be displayed.

    When you are able to change the size, you must click Apply, and then Start. You will then need to reboot.

    That's how it works, not the greatest but you must play by its rules.

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    Default Re: ASrock Xfast ram utility-need help

    Quote Originally Posted by parsec View Post
    First, all the control and configuration of an XFast RAM disk is done through the AXTU utility. Trying to manipulate it with Windows will not work.

    AFAIK, the only way to change the size of this RAM Disk when one currently exists, is to first click Stop on its AXTU configuration page. You may be able to change the size after the Stop, and if not you must reboot. A few small messages are displayed on that screen when you do something, wait for them to be displayed.

    When you are able to change the size, you must click Apply, and then Start. You will then need to reboot.

    That's how it works, not the greatest but you must play by its rules.
    You lost me at AXTU Utility....have no idea what that is. I have Asrock Formula drive utility(tried turning all the ram drive stuff of-rebooting, etc.-see my OP-could no re-allocate the space that was created as a ram disk-couldn't delete it, couldn't make it bigger-could only re-partition it, and/or rename it).
    The other programs I have are; 3TB+ Unlocker, Instant Boost(not being used at the moment), Asrock Rapid OC(not being used), Smart Connect(not used), Asrock Timing Config(not used).

    Are you talking about something in the BIOS? Totally confused here.

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    Yea, the Formula series has their own separate util, Formula Drive, that is way different from the ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility(AXTU) that non-Formula users have.

    Same basic controls of AXTU and then some all within a much dressed up UI.
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    #1 - Please, when seeking help, enter the make and model of ALL parts that your system is comprised of in your Signature, or at least the model #'s in your System Specs, then "Save' it.
    ____If you are overclocking, underclocking, or undervolting any parts, informing us of this and their values would prove beneficial in helping you.

    #2 - G.Skill RAM Configurator for your boardSamsung Memory for your boardLatest AMD Chipset Drivers/WindowsLatest AMD Graphics Drivers/WindowsLatest Intel Drivers

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    Default Re: ASrock Xfast ram utility-need help

    Quote Originally Posted by - wardog - View Post
    Yep, that's what I have.
    Now if some learned individual would be so kind as to walk me through the answer's to my 3 questions above, it would be much appreciated ;)

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    Default Re: ASrock Xfast ram utility-need help

    Sorry I forgot your board has a different program that includes XFast RAM. But basically the XFast RAM configuration screen should be the same.

    So you don't have a Start/Stop button, and an Apply button? There's a video on your boards page that demonstrates all the XFast features, and the XFast RAM screen looked almost identical to mine.

    On my board's XFast RAM program, if you click the Stop button and let that complete in a few seconds, and then reboot, the RAM drive is gone. I have created a few RAM disks (one at a time) and then later removed them by clicking Stop and rebooting. Since yours isn't, something went wrong or was done wrong. You said you tried "turning off Xfast ram", what did you do?

    Your RAM disk is obviously corrupted or has not been removed properly. Your options are to try to revive it, or delete it and start over. Since the RAM Disk partition still exists, have you tried:

    Trying to start it again in the XFast RAM screen? If you can do that, then you can try to properly remove it with the Stop and reboot process.

    Clearing the CMOS?

    The XFast RAM disk has a Windows Service that it needs to function, called AsrRamDisk. Check for it in Task Manager, and Services to see if it is running.

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    Default Re: ASrock Xfast ram utility-need help

    Yea, I've seen the video-but it's really now help.
    I have hit the off buttons of all 6 of the items that I used as a ram drive, then disabled xram save, and also load at start-up, etc. The ram drive is still there!!!!
    I have AsrFD.exe running in task manager(currently running the ram drive).

    I'm thinking that I need to uncheck Asrock Formula drive-so it doesn't even load at start up. then check task manager to see if that program is still running-kill it, and theoretically the ram disk should just disappear.
    Anyone got any other tips-or see something I'm not doing right in the original post?

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    Default Re: ASrock Xfast ram utility-need help

    Help!!!! I am stuck with a permanent ASR_RAM drive on F:
    I have tried, the above in my original post. I have also deleted the ASrock utility software, deleted the start-up entries, and even went into Window 7 device manager, and deleted the drive, and every time I reboot, the ASR_RAM drive loads back up, like it's a new piece of hardware!!!! Is there nothing I can do to get rid of it??!!!!

    I am not touching another Asrock piece of software until I get this sorted out. It was easy to setup the ram disk-just chose the size, pick a letter, and click some boxes to tell it what you wanted on the disk. BUT, if you uncheck all those boxes, and reboot, then deleted the entire program, reboot, even delete the ram disk, reboot, it still loads the ram disk just like it's a physical part of my computer!!! Are you kidding me!!!! This is seriously maleware at it's finest.

    NOW, I just want to get rid of the Ram drive completely!!! How do I do that? And, if I push the CMOS reset button, what happens when I boot my computer? Will I have to go back into the BIOS again, and show it which drive to boot from??(not a big deal-just want to know what to expect), and, I'm not sure clearing the CMOS will get rid of the ram drive.
    There is something in the boot loader that is telling this stupid thing to load-even though I told it to go away!!

    Any help would be much appreciated.

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