Tips for Using ReadyBoost in Windows effectively
ReadyBoost in Windows 7 has gone through a lot of changes. It can speed up your computer using the storage space on most USB flash drives and flash memory cards. When you plug a ReadyBoost compatible storage device into your computer, the AutoPlay dialog gives you the option to speed up your computer with ReadyBoost.
If you select this option, you can choose the amount of memory on your device to use for this purpose. When you set up a tool to work with ReadyBoost, Windows will show you the gaps it suggests you allow it to use for optimal performance.
For ReadyBoost to effectively speed up your computer, the flash drive or memory card should have at least 1GB of available space. If your device doesn’t have enough room for ReadyBoost, you’ll see a notification telling you to free up some space on your device if you want to use it to speed up the system.
If you want to use a particular USB device for this feature, you can – it removes your device’s requirement to set up your device to ReadyBoost every time you plug it in.
Here are some tips to look for when choosing a USB flash drive or flash memory card to use with ReadyBoost:
- The ReadyBoost tab allows you to decide how much storage space on a mobile device speeds up your system.
- The recommended minimum amount of available space for ReadyBoost to effectively speed up a computer is 1 GB.
- For best results, use a flash drive or a flash memory card with at least twice the available memory (RAM) in your computer and four times better memory. For example, if your computer has 1 GB of RAM and you have a 4 GB USB flash drive plugged in, dedicate at least 2 GB to the flash drive for the best performance from ReadyBoost, better yet 4 GB. How much memory you need depends on how you use your computer. Keeping multiple programs open at the same time uses more memory.
- Give ReadyBoost 2 GB to 4 GB for best results on most computers. You can reserve more than 4 GB of space for ReadyBoost on most flash drives and flash memory cards. (Storage devices formatted with the older FAT32 file system cannot store more than 4 GB.) You can use up to 32 GB of available space on any removable storage device with ReadyBoost and total up to 256 GB per computer (inserting Up to eight US.
- A USB flash drive must support USB 2.0 or higher. Your computer should have at least one free USB 2.0 port where you can plug in a flash drive. ReadyBoost works best if you plug the flash drive into a USB port directly on the computer rather than into an external USB hub shared with other USB devices.
- If you want to make sure a USB drive works with ReadyBoost, look for a note from the manufacturer that the flash drive is “Enhanced for ReadyBoost”. Not all manufacturers list this on their packaging. If there is no mention of ReadyBoost compatibility, the flash drive can still work with ReadyBoost.
- There are different types of flash memory cards, such as CompactFlash and Secure Digital (SD) memory cards. Most memory cards work with ReadyBoost. Some SD memory cards do not work well with ReadyBoost due to problems with the SD card interface. ReadyBoost will display a warning message if you try to use one of these tags.
These types of memory devices may not work with it:
- If your computer has a hard drive using SSD technology (SSD), you won’t see an option to speed up your computer with ReadyBoost when you plug in a USB flash drive or flash memory card. Instead, you might get the message ” ReadyBoost is not activated on this computer because the system disk is fast enough that ReadyBoost can’t provide any extra benefits ” That’s because some SSDs are too fast. So they don’t benefit from ReadyBoost.
- In some cases, you may not be able to use all of your device memory to speed up your computer. For example, some flash memory devices contain both slow and fast flash memory, but ReadyBoost can only use short flash memory to speed up your computer.