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Windows 7: Readyboost - 1 USB stick vs multiple?


27 Nov 2010   #1

Windows 7 x64
 
 
Readyboost - 1 USB stick vs multiple?

Assuming the total size is equal, is there a benefit to using more than 1 USB stick? For example, will Windows 7 spread the load like a raid-0 system?

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27 Nov 2010   #2

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I used ready boost before going to a SSD drive and now ready boost isn't available to me. But I never tried using two devices but can tell you that the performance increase was marginal with 8gb of ram and I added 8gb of flash ready boost. I would just use the largest and fastest stick or card you can lay your hands on and call it a day !
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27 Nov 2010   #3

Windows 7 x64
 
 

It's for a system with a 4GB ram max (mb limit). I've noticed with Readyboost, the disk does thrash a bit less when doing memory intensive stuff, like running another OS inside VMware.
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27 Nov 2010   #4

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What happens when you try to get two devices in Ready Boost mode? I don't think you can sum the two devices but I never tried so I'm curious what the Windows 7 said or does?
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27 Nov 2010   #5

Windows 7 x64
 
 

That's what I'm curious about... Was wondering if using more than 1 = faster raid-striping like thing.
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27 Nov 2010   #6

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Zero experience with two RB on my system. The one 8gb added a slight advantage to 8gb ram. Maybe someone here will have run two. I Google'd it quickly and general consensus is only one ready boost at a time.
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27 Nov 2010   #7
Lee

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11
 
 

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27 Nov 2010   #8

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Your right up to 8 devices and I can't use a one. Good to know for those still using spinners out there also the speed of pen drives and other devices vary widely and it took several purchases to find a device fast enough when I was running ready boost with my HDD.
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27 Nov 2010   #9
whs
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

With 4GBs of RAM, you can forget Ready Boost all together. The overhead you buy will be counterproductive. You have to understand that ready boost does not only write the pages to your stick, but also to your pagefile (for security reasons in case you pull the stick).

If you look at the bottom right graph in Resource Monitor > Memory tab, you will probably find that there is very little paging activity to begin with. So why buy the overhead.
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