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Microsoft came with the concept of Ready Boost with the release of Windows Vista. The feature is incorporated in Windows 7 and should be there in the coming operating system as well. Ready Boost feature allows your computer to use a flash drive to work as memory. As a result, your computer will get a memory boost which improve the performance to a good extend. This feature is a blessing for those who don’t want to spend additional money on upgrading RAM or those who exhausted available slots for putting more RAM.
How Ready Boost works?
When your computer’s available RAM is low, the computer borrows some hard disk space which work as a temporary RAM. This space borrowed from the hard disk is called Virtual Memory. This way your computer is able to give you a good performance. Once you enable Ready Boost, instead of taking the virtual memory inside hard disk, it will choose the space inside flash drive to work as Virtual Memory. The advantage of borrowing space from flash drive is that it is much faster than borrowing space from hard disk. The reason is that Flash drives work faster than a hard disk. Windows 7 supports up to 8 flash drives connected simultaneously with a maximum of 256GB space borrowed from them.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to configure Ready Boost.
Connect your flash drive
Windows 7 works with most of the flash storage devices. Make sure the flash drive have atleast 1GB of free space. A flash drive which already has files stored can be used for the purpose. Your date will be safe as computer will only assign the free space available to use as Ready Boost.
Configure flash drive
- Once you connect the flash drive, an Autoplay menu will pop up automatically. If not, right click on the flash drive, select the option “Open Autoplay”.
- Now select “Speed up my System”
Assign drive space
- Select “Dedicate this device to Ready Boost”
- Below there is a sliding bar which allow you to assign space. Either you can assign the entire space or a part of the free space to work as Ready Boost.
- If you want to use the files inside the flash drive at the same time, then select “Use this device”. This way the flash drive is not entirely dedicated for Ready Boost. But at the same time it works as Ready Boost when the file inside the flash drive is not used.
Work on your computer. You should be able to see the difference now.
How to add additional flash drive for more Ready Boost?
Just follow the same step that you did for configuring the first one. Windows 7 allows a maximum of 8 flash drives to be connected to use for Ready Boost.
How to disable Ready Boost?
On the 3rd step mentioned above where you had “Dedicate this device to Ready Boost”, just above that you have the option to “Do not use this device”. Selecting it will disable Ready Boost and then you can take out the flash drive safely.