Win 7 has a pretty good feature which allows you to use a USB flash drive as extra memory, should you only be using 2 GB or so of RAM. It's no substitute but it can make your system run faster.
How to setup the Ready Boost Feature.
To configure the Ready Boost Feature in Windows 7 you need to have a High Speed Flash/USB or Pendrive with you which is ready boost compatible.
It's a very easy feature to configure, which can give you extra speed on low spec systems. AS I mentioned earlier, it's no substitute for real Memory Hardware, but it works, and it can work very well.
- After plugging in your flashdrive or pendrive, Open “Computer” > Right-click on the USB Drive/Pendrive > select “Ready Boost” tab > tick the “Use this device” checkbox.
- You can configure how much space on your USB drive/ Pendrive to be used as Ram.
...sigh... another user that has NO idea what Readyboost is.
Readyboost IS NOT RAM
... Nor a SUBSTITUE FOR RAM
... Readyboost HELPS YOUR HARD DRIVE
Readyboost caches DISK CONTENT
to the FLASH DRIVE
. On certain operations this can be 80-100x faster than using your Hard Drive.
Readyboost will give you a performance boost based on your HDD speed NOT RAM.
Most laptops run a 5400rpm HD. Even high end systems you can see as much as a 10% performance gain. This gain gets smaller the faster the HDD speed is (I.E. 7200rpm, 10,000rpm) and gets disabled with a SSD.
Your SD card or USB Stick should be at LEAST twice the size of the ram
. You should format the drive as exFAT
so Windows can use the entire size of the memory device.
Windows 7 can recognize up to 256GB of memory this way and up to 8 different sources at the same time.
I recommend at least a Class 10 device
, but the minimum specs are below:
The device must have an access time of 1 ms or less.
The device must be capable of 2.5 MB/s read speeds for 4 KB random reads spread uniformly across the entire device, and 1.75 MB/s write speeds for 512 KB random writes spread uniformly across the device.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 include a command-line utility called "winsat" to test the performance of random read and write speeds. The Command Prompt must be run with administrative privileges; otherwise test results will not be visible after testing.
To test random reads (4096 for 4 KB):
winsat disk -read -ran -ransize 4096 -drive driveletter
For random writes (524288 for 512 KB):
winsat disk -write -ran -ransize 524288 -drive driveletter
Please... next time... do your homework.