READYBOOST - it WORKS!

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by gautam, Jun 11, 2006.

  1. gautam

    gautam Guest

    Hello everyone -

    I thought I would let you know that Vista has a real neat feature THAT
    REALLY works without any bugs.

    Stick in your USB key and go into properties, and turn on ready boost. It
    takes up around 300MB of your USB key (temporarily) for prefetch, and
    increases vista performance.

    I have a 1ghz sonoma proc, and 1 gig of ram, and still you can feel an
    improvement
     
    gautam, Jun 11, 2006
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  2. There is a limit to the minimum of the USB key..

    I tried my 128 one and it didn't work :)

    what is the minimum ? 512MB ?
     
    Luis Hirschberg, Jun 11, 2006
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  3. gautam

    gautam Guest

    You need a minimum of 256mb key, I believe. More the better. 128 will not
    work.
     
    gautam, Jun 11, 2006
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  4. gautam

    David Guest

    I tried to use a 256MB device...you really need a 512MB because a 256 device
    is formatted at 235MB and therefore cannot be used by readyboost.
     
    David, Jun 11, 2006
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  5. gautam

    milleron Guest

    Shazam! I plugged in a 1GB thumb drive, and it set up 840MB for
    boosting system memory. It actually displayed a slider that allowed
    me to customize the amount to be dedicated to this task. Perhaps I
    can detect a little improvement.
    How does this work?? Does it use the flash memory as a RAM disk? Does
    it just add it to system RAM? Does it move part of the swap file to
    the flash memory?

    (Parenthetically, my thumb drive is a U3 version with built-in AV,
    mail, and other small apps that run independently of the host
    computer's OS. U3 doesn't work under Vista.)
     
    milleron, Jun 12, 2006
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  6. gautam

    Kip Guest

    readyboost uses the memory on the flash drive as a ram disk, and loads
    frequently used dlls there. I have a built-in memory card reader that I never
    use, so I just got a 1gb card to use for readyboost, and leave my usb ports
    open.
     
    Kip, Jun 12, 2006
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  7. Thanks for the tip. I'm successfully using my SanDisk Sansa m230 512MB mp3
    player with ReadyBoost :D

    I've got a 1GB ProDuo card for my digital camera, but no card reader on my
    laptop. I was thinking of buying a PCMCIA card reader for it - would this
    allow me to also use ReadyBoost, or would I need to get a USB 2.0 card
    reader? Any thoughts?

    I'd like to leave my USB ports open if possible since I only have 2, but of
    course would like to have an extra gig of ram when not using my camera...

    Thanks
     
    MyDisplayNameisG, Jun 12, 2006
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  8. gautam

    Kip Guest

    pcmcia might be fast enough, but that would depend on both the card and the
    card reader. my internal card reader is fast enough, but I have some cards
    that aren't.
     
    Kip, Jun 12, 2006
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