USB Tip#4: Speeding Up Your Computer with Windows ReadyBoost!

By · Friday, December 17th, 2010

USB Tip #4: Speeding Up Your Computer with Windows ReadyBoost!Day 4 in our quest to bring our readers 10 USB tips in 10 days brings us to Tip #4: Speeding up your computer with Windows ReadyBoost! Now Windows ReadyBoost is not a widely known feature as it first debut on Windows Vista; which did not go over as a giant hit to Windows users. However with Windows 7’s release, ReadyBoost was able to really shine and show its true potential and help users speed up their computers.

Ok so what is Windows ReadyBoost? ReadyBoost is a feature on Windows Vista and Windows 7 that allows a user to insert a USB flash drive and use the USB drive as RAM for their computer. Random Access Memory (RAM) is a vital component in any computer system and by boosting the amount of RAM you have available, your system performance could increase noticeably. It is effectively useful for older computer with newer operating systems.

Windows ReadyBoost does have some requirements and limitations however. The first limitation is that ReadyBoost only works on 256Mb-4GB flash drives: sorry no giant 16GB flash drives allowed. Second ReadyBoost is a relatively new feature and is only found on Windows Vista or 7 computers. Next only one USB drive may be used on a computer for ReadyBoost at any given time. Lastly ReadyBoost only works on a USB 2.0 compliant USB drives. Note: If you have a new computer with either Vista or 7, ReadyBoost may not work due to your computers superior performance over a USB flash drive.

Below are the steps you can do to turn your own USB flash drive into computer performance booster!

1. Insert your chosen USB flash drive into your computer.

2. If an automated command prompt pops up and asks you if you would like to use ReadyBoost to boost system performance, proceed to step 5. If your system does not have the command prompt, open up My Computer by going to the Start menu, and clicking on Computer.

3. Locate your desired USB drive and right-click to open up its options and click on properties.

4. Click on the ReadyBoost Tab.

5. Make sure to click “use this device” and fill out the space allocation and hit “OK”. If you received an automated prompt for ReadyBoost, follow the instructions given. Upon completing this step, your computer should now be allocating space from your USB drive for RAM.

If ReadyBoost is nowhere to be found or your computer tells you it is not compatible, then it could mean one of a few things. First it could mean that you are using a different operating system where ReadyBoost is not supported. It could also mean that either your system is too powerful, especially in the case of solid state drives, or your chosen USB drive does not meet the necessary performance requirements needed.

Also keep in mind that while allocating space for ReadyBoost, you do not have to use the entire USB drive. You can use portions for boosting your performance, and others for storing information.

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