A HD partition mirrored in ram, with a write through to the HD is a safer alternative for data when combined with an UPS. Note, the whole partition must fit in ram.
Price for Ram Disk software ranges from free to many thousands of dollars for multi-processor.
Until recently, I wasn't aware of ram disk software for NT.
Does this apply (and the software works with) Win2000?
According to their web page. They have different software for each platform, i.e. NT4 Workstation, NT4 Server, NT4 Advanced Server, Win2k Workstation, Win2k Server, etc,.
Ram Disk software offers the fastest solution for reads and writes. Ram Disk creates a virtual disk drive to store files in non-swapable physical memory. The files stored in Ramdisk is not automatically saved to your hard disk drive. At this time it is available for Windows NT only, on Intel/AMD and on Compaq Alpha systems. Ramdisk can improve system performance by factors of up to 30x.$100 to $3000
SuperspeedSuperspeed gives you two products in one package. The Ramdisk product http://www.superspeed.com/allproducts.html and the Superspeed in memory mirror of a physical drive partition, for extra data protection. You can use one or the other or both of these products. It is available on Windows NT and Windows 2000. Superspeed can improve system performance by factors of up to 30x.
Available for Nt4.0 Workstation, Server, Enterprise, and the Windows 2000 versions. Working three week trial demos available.http://www.superspeed.com/index.html