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Windows 7: Does ReadyBoost change the needs of a pagefile?

11 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Does ReadyBoost change the needs of a pagefile?


I have a Dell Mini 9, with a 16GB SSD, 1 GB of RAM, and a 1.6 gHz Intel Atom. Today I bought a 8 GB SDHC card, put it in, and enabled ReadyBoost. I haven't noticed much of a difference yet, but I've only used it in battery mode (With the Intel Atom, processing speed and power is reduced to save battery life).

I'm wondering this: Does ReadyBoost somewhat take the place of a pagefile? Can I have the system pagefile on the SDHC card, which has ReadyBoost enabled (it's using 4 of the 8 GB)?

In short, how should I set up my virtual memory with the addition of a ReadyBoost device? I've read a couple posts on here about ReadyBoost, and didn't quite understand the practical use of it.

Thanks for any and all input on this. It's not a high-priority issue, just something I am curious about.


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12 Feb 2010   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Red,

I would recommend to leave the page file set at the default of being on the C: drive and managed by the system.

Readyboost is more of a supplement and not a replacement of the page fiel. It's usually good for when adding more RAM is not a option at the time instead. You can read more details about Readyboost at the link below though.

ReadyBoost - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,
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