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Windows 7: ready boost

19 Oct 2011   #1

Win7 Starter 32 bits
 
 
ready boost

do u use ready boost?

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19 Oct 2011   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

From Wikipedia, Readyboost "works by using flash memory, a USB flash drive, SD card, CompactFlash or any kind of portable flash mass storage system as a cache."

Given that the read/write access speed to these devices is hundreds of times smaller than the speed of your RAM, and that Windows 7 caches a lot, I'd say this technology for a desktop PC makes no sense. Adding more RAM is the best upgrade you can make to your PC (and any PC).
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19 Oct 2011   #3

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fluidmotion View Post
do u use ready boost?
On my netbook, that only has 1GB of RAM, with Windows 7 Home Premium, I do use a 4GB Class 10 SDHC card in my netbook's card slot, and it does help some. But I wouldn't use it on my desktop computer that has 4GB RAM.
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19 Oct 2011   #4

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Anything greater than 2GB of RAM doesn't benefit much from Ready Boost. I also found that Ready Boost slowed my shutdown considerably. Since I upgraded from 2 to 4GB I have not used it.
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19 Oct 2011   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Laptops usually support 2 memory slots, and at least 2 GB of RAM (total). 2 GB instead of 1 GB of RAM makes a huge difference, especially on Win 7.
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19 Oct 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Usually, the line has been around 1 GB of memory. Anything less than 1 GB, and it can be beneficial with the right flash media. Anything more, and you likely won't see any difference. Once you get 2 GB, it becomes useless altogether.
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19 Oct 2011   #7

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I have to admit that when I had 2GB it was only a marginal effect. I found that some programs loaded more quickly after being used and the closed for a period with Readyboost than without.
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23 Oct 2011   #8

Win7 Starter 32 bits
 
 

Can Ready boost work with external hard drive on this HP Mini netbook?
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24 Oct 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

never tried and new rams are cheap these days
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24 Oct 2011   #10

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Readyboost only works with US sticks and cards and then only if they are fast enough.
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