Using Hyperdrive, Windows will load into RAM in about ten seconds, and a Windows run in RAM is obviously very much faster than when run from the hard drive. Where a modern hard drive can achieve at best from 30 to 50 mb/sec in continuous running, the RAM drive easily runs at 266 mb/sec and the difference can rise to as much as 10 times! What this means to you as a user is that HyperOS can copy the huge Windows XP in just 75 seconds according to the company, while in practice my lean XP partition is copied in a startling 42 seconds and my smallest OS and programs are totally backed up in a mind blowing 12 seconds on a UDMA 5 hard drive. (ATA100).
The additional huge benefit of the RAM hyperdrive is that when you stop using it, it no longer exists, and anything that was a part of it such as a virus also no longer exists. Although it's definitely not recommended to run without protection, you can run an Internet system without ant-virus and firewall with complete impunity and I've done so. Quickly picking up the Alevir virus and I-worm Opas trojan, I just ignored them and carried on to the end of the session when dumping the drive made everything disappear. Although all drives and Windows versions are seen at all times, the insulation seems to be excellent and I've been unable to produce a cross infection. This was purely experimental and it's not desirable, especially if mail is involved, but it indicates the huge additional protection benefit that HyperOS confers. You need never again be neurotic about the very latest update within seconds.
Sadly, once again this is an area in which XP cannot fully participate, since it cannot use the RAM drive. However, the remaining benefits are just as real and worthwhile
so that's not a reason to avoid purchase.
Just as their claims prove not to be hype but precise fact, I hope you can see that my enthusiasm and the use of the expression quantum leap is justified. This really is computing in the next decade, possibly the next century, Mr Spock would be green with envy!
But we haven't even begun. Windows has a "destructive" partitioning utility called Fdisk which most of you will have used. HyperOS also has a "destructive" partitioner called Hdisk, but there's a difference. To set up 21 (yes, Twenty-One) partitions on a large hard drive will take as little as 3 seconds or so. No, that's not a typing error, THREE SECONDS.
I believe my use of "possibly the greatest advance in the history of the PC" is also justified and I have nothing but admiration for it's creators. It really does make my advances with stripped Windows systems seem very mundane although they are well matched to this system.
There appears to be a remarkable parity of thought between me and HyperOS, our opinions on most aspects of computing being identical, and like me, they also strongly support LitePC.com and the 98Lite range of product and recommend their use. I can only find two divergencies, they recommend the IBM 120GXP series while I'm inclined to be very cautious in that area given the recent history, and they do not recommend the ATI Radeon graphics cards.
Actually there's no disagreement on the latter point, but having two of the latest Radeon cards leaves me disappointed! The technical reasons are sound though. All graphics cards have the ability to use the top 1 gigabyte of memory, but the Radeon cards appear to be the greediest so when starting afresh the recommendation is to use the Nvidia Gforce range. If you use Windows 95 OSR2, the Gforce 4 cannot be used though, it would have to be versions 2 or 3.
When this product is mentioned, the subject of Virtual PC is often raised. There is in fact not even the barest comparability. HyperOS have a simple and accurate description of the difference. HyperOS is twenty men each carrying a few cases. Virtual PC is one man carrying the other nineteen men and all the cases. You judge which is the faster.
I could fill this site for weeks with information on this amazing product, it's use with networking, RAID etc, but the most sensible thing to do is to stop now and leave it to your intelligence and perceptive questions to give me the opportunity to fill any gaps.
As PCA know, I have no connection with HyperOS except as a delighted customer.