Showing posts with label temp. Show all posts
Showing posts with label temp. Show all posts

9/5/13

Changing Google Chrome's cache folder

Changing Chrome's cache folder to your RAM-disk or someplace else might speed up your browsing quite a bit. Keeping it off a spinning disk will dramatically improve your access time. I suggest not putting this on an SSD, because of wear and tear. Caching trashes the filesystem a lot.

  1. Close Chrome and locate your shortcut to Chrome. Optionally, locate the Chrome.exe file itself, and create a shortcut.
  2. Right-click the shortcut, and select 'Properties'.
  3. Go to the 'Shortcut' tab.
  4. In the 'Target' line, there will be something like 'C:\Users\equex\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe'
  5. Append after that text in double quotes: --disk-cache-dir="your_drive:\your_folder"This will only move your cache files, which is good enough.
  6. If you wanted to move your complete Chrome user-folder, append --disk-user-dir="your_drive:\your_folder", and then copy the contents of the old folder into the new one before you start Chrome again.
  7. Click 'Apply' and start Chrome. To verify, look inside your new folder and observe Chrome creating temporary files.

There's a guide for FireFox here.

Moving Windows temporary folders

Change the Windows temporary folders

This page was just a quick write-up to compliment the SSD/RAM-disk tutorial. To let Windows use a custom location for its temporary files, right-click My Computer and select Properties, then do as follows:


Go to 'Advanced System Settings'


Select 'Environment Variables'


Select 'Edit'


Edit the folder locations. The default locations will be inside the Windows folder.