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Windows ReadyBoost

The Windows Vista operating system introduced a new feature that is designed to give users a quick, simple and cheap way to boost the performance of their Vista or 7 powered PC. It is called ReadyBoost and trust me, it does just that! So, what is ReadyBoost? How does it work and how effective is it? Well, let’s take a look!

Basically, ReadyBoost allows you to use a flash memory stick (flash drive) or SD card on your computer to store commonly used files so that you can access them much faster than off of your hard drive. Turning the ReadyBoost feature on couldn’t be any easier as well. To do so, just plug a flash drive, SD card or whatever flash device you’d like to use into your computer. You’ll then see this dialogue box pop up:


Click the “Speed up my system” link and you’ll be taken to the ReadyBoost panel for the flash drive, which looks like this:


Just select Use this device and then set the amount of space you want to use. Vista or 7 will then create what is essentially a paging file on that drive and you will then be able to use it for quicker access. Note: This will only work with USB 2.0 devices or SD cards.

The advantage of ReadyBoost is that it is much faster to cache to a USB drive than to your hard drive. That then speeds up your system and enhances its overall performance. For example, acting as a fast store for frequently accessed data, the average random 4K document read from a flash device is about ten times faster than accessing the same information from the hard drive. That’s pretty darn fast, if you ask me. Check it out!

~ Ramachandran Kumaraswami