March 5, 2010


By helaineforth047


ReadyBoost has been called a “gimmick” by many because they misunderstand what it’s supposed to do (see links below). For systems with less than 3GB of RAM, I’ll tell you here and now you can increase the responsiveness of Vista by taking advantage of it.

ReadyBoost is not:

– a replacement for an adequate amount of system memory

– a replacement for the page file (it works in tandem with it)

How Do You Use It?

Open up Computer > right-click on the drive that you want to use and choose Properties > click the ReadyBoost tab > click Use this device > optionally choose how much of the device to use.

tip – Use a USB port in the back of your computer. Yep, I broke a drive sticking out of the front when I bumped into it (dooh!)

ReadyBoost Spec’s & FAQ

Type of drive – USB 2.0 flash drive (often called a thumb drive) or SD card. See: Grant Gibson’s ReadyBoost Compatibility List –

Space needed – min. 256 MB, max 4 GB (because ReadyBoost can compact this data this can yield up to 512 MB and 8 GB respectively)

recommended, ratio 1:1 to 2.5:1 (2 GB RAM would be 2 GB – 4 GB of flash drive)

How many drives can I use? – One (man, I would love to see someone come up with a way to RAID a couple of drives for this!)

Security risk? – No, the data is encrypted.