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Windows 7: Readyboost vs pagefile vs RAM

02 Aug 2009   #11

XP Pro & Vista Home Premium (x86); Windows Ultimate 7600 x64 Retail

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Antman View Post
Half of the truth is less than the truth. You could preface an incomplete response with, "For your particular situation..." or "Practically..."

False information begins with partial information. You are being held to a high standard because this is not a lesser forum.
In which case, a better, and more constructive, response on your part would have been to provide a link to the "complete truth" so the OP and others could investigate subject at their leisure.

May I suggest, perhaps you could have written "For a more detailed and complete explanation of the details regarding pre-fetch and standby memory please refer to...."

"Half the truth is less than the truth...", "False Information begins with partial information...". Cute, yes... helpful, no.

There are few posts in a technical forum that constitute a "complete response". If a user really wanted to read the the complete technical reference manual they would not post the question on a forum.

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03 Oct 2011   #12

windows 7 home premium x64

that wonderful guys, just great. but no one answered the question. Is it more beneficial to use your flash drive as a ready boost or just set a page file on it. I have a small netbook that I use for school and it is rather slow. So i bought a small [8mm , very low profile and totally cool] 4gb usb flash drive. Which would help regular computing more. Windows ready boost or jsut setting the page file to 4gb on the drive. I could care less about boot time.

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04 Oct 2011   #13

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit

Since you seem to have sufficient RAM in that Readyboost really provides no benefit to you, I'd go with the pagefile Just try it...but might I add that generally the pagefile is just a poor substitute for, well, more RAM...
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04 Oct 2011   #14
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Here is a Ready Boost Monitor with which you can measure the activities. I think with 4GB of RAM or more, you will find very little, if any, activity since there is hardly any paging (hard faults) going on. You can check that in Resource Monitor > Memory tab > the graph on the bottom right. That shows you the paging activities over a certain period of time.
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04 Oct 2011   #15

windows 7 home premium x64

the size of the flash drive I am using is 4gb... The amount of RAM on the net book I am talking about is less than 2
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04 Oct 2011   #16
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Welcome to Seven Forums etdavenport. since your netbook has 2GB RAM installed I would expect it to show some type of speed improvement,say, lagre apps opening or more steady video. You can try both options mentioned here i.e. page file on the USB and use as more RAM. I suspect you'll have more benefit with ReadyBoost, as WHS said.
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04 Oct 2011   #17

windows 7 home premium x64

thank you!
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04 Oct 2011   #18
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Very welcome.
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