Windows 7: Readyboost

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  1. Posts : 8,399
    ultimate 64 sp1
       #110

    there's something here i don't quite understand - maybe someone could enlighten me...

    so, readyboost works because it uses a fast usb drive rather than slow hard drive for prefetch data.

    does that mean usb drives are faster than hard drives?

    if so, why aren't we all installing software and even operating systems onto usb drives?

    would i really notice a benefit by permanently sticking in a usb drive, and installing big games onto it - will they load faster than from my hard drive?

    or is this a really dumb idea, and i missed something obvious?
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  2. Posts : 685
    Windows 7 32bit RTM
       #111

    my usb burned after 3 weeks not unplugging it =/ ... now all my usb ports are useless lol...
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  3. Posts : 224
    Windows 7
       #112

    megabyte said:
    there's something here i don't quite understand - maybe someone could enlighten me...

    so, readyboost works because it uses a fast usb drive rather than slow hard drive for prefetch data.

    does that mean usb drives are faster than hard drives?

    if so, why aren't we all installing software and even operating systems onto usb drives?

    would i really notice a benefit by permanently sticking in a usb drive, and installing big games onto it - will they load faster than from my hard drive?

    or is this a really dumb idea, and i missed something obvious?
    USB drives have poor sequential speeds, but better random access in certain conditions. So in general, except for very tiny files, HDDs are much faster.

    From what I've read though, ReadyBoost doesn't help unless you have anemic levels of RAM.
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  4. Posts : 685
    Windows 7 32bit RTM
       #113

    yes your just simply redirecting the stress of your harddrive to your usb... less pain for hd more for usb drive lol
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  5. Posts : 8,399
    ultimate 64 sp1
       #114

    ok thanks - i knew there had to be a catch somewhere...

    just installed win7 onto 1 gig ram old laptop, and i thought i would do some research on readyboost, which led me here...then i got thinking about relative drive speeds...

    anyway, real ram is real cheap, so i guess i will go and buy some and forget about readyboost altogether!
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  6. Posts : 1
    Windows 7
       #115

    Readyboost is in the same place,,Put in your usb drive and right click on it . go to properties and sellect readyboost..Windows Vista 64 made some differance but Windows 7 64 i haven't really noticed much difference. Windows 7 boots fast anyway. 2GB usb drive .I think i will find a larger usb drive for 7.
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  7. Posts : 73
    Windozer 7 - 7068
       #116

    lrgarner said:
    Readyboost is in the same place,,Put in your usb drive and right click on it . go to properties and sellect readyboost..Windows Vista 64 made some differance but Windows 7 64 i haven't really noticed much difference. Windows 7 boots fast anyway. 2GB usb drive .I think i will find a larger usb drive for 7.
    This is a very old thread.
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  8. Posts : 4
    windows 7 home premium
       #117

    it may be old thread, but valid.

    i have just installed windows 7 home premium on my laptop that came with starter version.

    ready boost will not work!

    i have tried reformatting the memory to the exfat, etc.

    i can select the memory for readyboost, but it does not work. the system is not recognizing the memory to use it.


    can anyone help with this please?
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  9. Posts : 366
    Win7 x64
       #118

    Try fat 32 re-format.
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  10. Posts : 4
    windows 7 home premium
       #119

    per your suggestion, i have just tried to reformat and readyboost again on fat32.


    no go. i can go to properties/readyboost/ then issue the memeory, but the system is not recognizing it! :/

    frustrating.


    any other ideas?
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