Multiple readyboost. Is that a good idea?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Indieboy, Dec 1, 2007.

  1. Indieboy

    Indieboy Guest

    So I've read a lot of junk about Readyboost and I'm not sure what to believe.

    There seems to be a whole clan of people saying Readyboost messes up your
    machine and some which praises the preformance. What I would like to know is,
    if I have 1GB of RAM and set up Readyboost on, not one but two Memory cards
    (One is a 2GB Compact Flash card and the other is a 2GB SD card). Now what I
    want to know is, is this going to speed up my Laptop or is it going to
    destroy me?

    I'm using a Sony Vaio VGN-N11H. I main use Photoshop CS3 and Premier Pro 2.
    I want to speed up rendering time etc without having to fork out a load of
    money for the RAM.

    Any ideas?
    Indieboy, Dec 1, 2007
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  2. Indieboy

    Bob J Guest

    Having two flash cards set up for readtboost is not a good idea, it will
    cause conflict and confusion, disable (1). It is like having two page files
    set up on the one HD, again not recommended.
    Readyboost will give some relief to memory access, unfortunately the use of
    additional RAM really is the best way to improve memory access.
    If you are running a 32bit PC, adding more than 3GB RAM is of no benefit,
    infact 32bit will not recognize more than 3gb RAM.
    Bob J
    If advise given from anyone, solves problem or not, or if solved from
    another source,post back & let us know.
    Then we all benefit.
    Bob J, Dec 1, 2007
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  3. Indieboy

    Curious Guest

    I have a desktop and a laptop both of which have 1GB of Ram I added a 2GB
    ready boost USB flash drive to the desktop and a 2GB flash card to the
    laptop. I got a significant boost on each system as documented by the
    performance monitor. I never had to read from the paging file again any
    paging file read request was always being fulfilled by the ready boost
    Also my boot time was reduced on both systems by ReadyBoost's tracking of my
    initial system activity after boot and providing this info back to vista.
    prior to readyboost commencing its normal function as a very fast cache for
    the paging file.
    I certainly would not attempt to install 2 ReadyBoosts on a system and don't
    even think that both would be used in any case in addition to more then one
    causing other problems
    Using inexpensive Ready Boost was certainly less expensive then adding more
    ram and uses less power on the laptop then more ram would.
    I hear rumors of people having trouble with ready boost but I have never
    seen an actual documented case.
    I suspect that your rendering time problems are more dependent on your CPU
    power and on your graphics card then it is on system ram and ready boost
    would not help in reading a new photo into memory only more memory would
    help that, however, it would help if the photo files approach a half gig or
    better on your 1GB system.
    Curious, Dec 2, 2007
  4. Indieboy

    AJR Guest

    Some info - first Vista 32 bit does support 4 gig of RAM - with 4 gig
    instlled Vista indicates approx 3+ gig because it places one gig in a
    "reserved" mode.

    ReadyBoost functions as an adjunt to the paging file (Virtual memory) and
    not RAM. It is only "active" during non-sequential HD read/writes -
    sequential read/writes are directed to the HD (normal action).
    Therefore performance boost depends on the type of read/write activity.
    Also data sent to the ReadyBoost device is encrypted - safety device in case
    the device is removed with data.

    ReadyBoost device can be "safely" removed without loss of data since data
    sent to the device is a "copy" (Getting confused?).
    AJR, Dec 2, 2007
  5. Indieboy

    JW Guest

    Possibly there will be a single SP1 download containing both the 32 bit and
    64 bit updates and the when SP1 is run on a system only the correct updates
    will be installed on the system.
    JW, Dec 2, 2007
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