Enable ReadyBoost on a Removable USB Flash Device | Faster 7 Part 14
- October 31, 2010
- Posted by: Craig Chamberlin
- Category: Uncategorized
ReadyBoost is a feature new to both Windows 7 and Windows Vista operating systems. Utilizing a high speed USB port, the computer can store information temporarily onto a separate USB device and access it quicker than from a hard drive. The theory behind ReadyBoost is utilizing a separate removable USB flash device as your “hard drive cache” instead of your hard drive. This makes sense for those of you who understand that a hard drive is slower than high speed flash drives.
Not all USB ports and USB flash devices support the ReadyBoost technology, and to be honest, although this is great for a speed boost, it certainly isn’t worth going out and purchasing a “ReadyBoost” enabled flash drive. This speed tip is one of those tips you follow if you have a USB flash drive lying around collecting dust, which most of us technology geeks have anyways.
You will also not be able to use the ReadyBoost function if you do not have USB 2.0 on your computer. Most computers that are capable of running Windows Vista and 7 were built long after 2.0 became a standard, so it would be surprising if your computer does not have ports of this speed.
Enable ReadyBoost on a Removable USB Flash Device:
1. Plug in your ‘USB Flash Device’
2. Go to your ‘Desktop’
3. Double click on ‘Computer’
4. Locate the removable device on the list.
5. Right click on the ‘USB Flash Device’
6. Select ‘Properties’
7. Select the ‘ReadyBoost’ Tab
8. If your device does not support ReadyBoost, Windows will let you know at this point.
9. If your device does support ReadyBoost, use the ‘slider’ to specify how much of the flash devices memory you wish to use.
10. The more memory you allocate the better.
11. Select ‘Apply’
12. Select ‘Ok’
13. That’s it!
Now remember, the biggest performance increase for these ReadyBoost devices comes on lower memory systems. When your computer runs out of system memory, it typically needs to rely on your hard drive to swap data to and from your memory as your processor processes it. In this instance, it will be using your high speed USB device instead. Stay tuned for more speed tips!