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How to change the default cache folder for firefox?

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I have created a 4 GB RAMDisk( 4GB of my RAM is now a Local Hard drivem which has crazy read speeds nearing 400MBps) using a Dataram software( http://memory.dataram.com/products-and-services/software/ramdisk ) . I have installed firefox in that drive to increase its performance. But until I move my cache into that Drive, I can't make it any faster than before. I am a heavy user. I have the following add ons installed which take its toll on firefox's speed, 1. VideoDownloadHelper 2. Unmht 3. Integrated Google Calendar 4. Dashlane 3 password manager 5. Progre All enabled and latest updated versions, other than 4 other disabled add ons.

So I need to change the cache directory. I tried this solution https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/768867 ,. I went to about:config , browser.cache.disk.enable is true, and browser.cache.disk.parent_directory , I can't find.

Please give me a solution to this. Thanks.

I have created a 4 GB RAMDisk( 4GB of my RAM is now a Local Hard drivem which has crazy read speeds nearing 400MBps) using a Dataram software( http://memory.dataram.com/products-and-services/software/ramdisk ) . I have installed firefox in that drive to increase its performance. But until I move my cache into that Drive, I can't make it any faster than before. I am a heavy user. I have the following add ons installed which take its toll on firefox's speed, 1. VideoDownloadHelper 2. Unmht 3. Integrated Google Calendar 4. Dashlane 3 password manager 5. Progre All enabled and latest updated versions, other than 4 other disabled add ons. So I need to change the cache directory. I tried this solution https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/768867 ,. I went to about:config , browser.cache.disk.enable is true, and browser.cache.disk.parent_directory , I can't find. Please give me a solution to this. Thanks.

Chosen solution

That preference needs to be created by the user.

See this for more information: http://kb.mozillazine.org/User.js_file#Adding_user.js_entries

Specifically this: // Relocate parent directory for browser cache user_pref("browser.cache.disk.parent_directory", "D:\\Mozilla\\Firefox\\");

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Chosen Solution

That preference needs to be created by the user.

See this for more information: http://kb.mozillazine.org/User.js_file#Adding_user.js_entries

Specifically this: // Relocate parent directory for browser cache user_pref("browser.cache.disk.parent_directory", "D:\\Mozilla\\Firefox\\");

That preference needs to be created by the user. See this for more information: http://kb.mozillazine.org/User.js_file#Adding_user.js_entries ''Specifically this:'' '''// Relocate parent directory for browser cache''' '''user_pref("browser.cache.disk.parent_directory", "D:\\Mozilla\\Firefox\\");'''

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Thank you so much Mr. the-edmeister. But I was wondering why the developers chose to hide it, even in the about:config page! (Where be dragons!)

Thank you so much Mr. the-edmeister. But I was wondering why the developers chose to hide it, even in the about:config page! (Where be dragons!)