How To Make Your Computer Faster With ReadyBoost

Today’s trick, I will be discussing on how to make your computer faster using Readyboost. If you have an old or new computer system that is low on RAM (random access memory), readyboost would be great in that case to improve computer performance.

You would not see a significant difference if you have a lot of memory in your computer. If for some reason you do not want to buy additional memory, it would be useful for persons with 512 MB of RAM or perhaps 1 GB.

What is ReadyBoost?

ReadyBoost is a disk caching software component of Windows Vista and later model of the Microsoft Operating Systems.

Requirements

In order for ReadyBoost to work, these requirements must be met:

  • The mass storage device must be at least 256 MB and over.
  • The device must have an access time of 1 ms or less.
  • Windows Vista and later Microsoft operating system.
  • ReadyBoost for Vista supports NTFS, FAT16 and FAT32 from service pack 1.
  • Windows 7 supports all of Vista’s formats as well as the newer exFAT file system.
  • For best practice format your storage device in NTFS or exFAT than FAT32 and FAT16 because FAT32 only stores a limited amount of 4 GB and FAT16 stores 2 GB.
  • Flash memory card must be USB 2.0 and over.

How Does ReadyBoost Work?

ReadyBoost allows you to use mass storage devices to be used as a hard-drive memory cache in order to access files and applications faster on the hard drive. Compatible devices are flash drives, flash memory, solid state drives (SSDs) and SD cards. For best performance, you must use solid states drives (SSD) or USB 3.0 and over. when using USB 2.0 you will not see a significant difference. Using memory in your storage device to speed up your computer use a flash drive or flash memory card with available space of at least double the amount of memory (RAM) in your computer, and preferably four times as much memory. Using memory in your storage device to speed up your computer. For example, if your computer has 1 GB of RAM and you plug in a 4 GB USB flash drive, set aside at least 2 GB on the flash drive to get the best performance gain from ReadyBoost, and preferably the entire 4 GB. How much memory you need depends on how you use your computer.

How To Make Your Computer Faster

How To Make Your Computer Faster

With that said, let me show you step by step how to make your computer faster using ReadyBoost. Follow these quick and easy steps:

  • Insert your storage device and the AutoPlay window should pop up.
  • Click speed up my system

How To Make Your Computer Faster

    • Under the tab ReadyBoost, click use this device and under space to reserve for speed and select the appropriate space you want to use for ReadyBoost and click OK.

How To Make Your Computer Faster

Just like that! ReadyBoost is created and looks like this on your flash memory below.

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If for some reason and your AutoPlay widows does not pops up, follow these steps:

      • Go to my computer or computer in windows 7.

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      • Right click your storage device and click properties.

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      • When the properties windows pops up click ReadyBoost.

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      • Under the tab ReadyBoost, click use this device and under space to reserve for speed and select the appropriate space you want to use for ReadyBoost and click OK.

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Disabling ReadyBoost

To disable ReadyBoost, simply follow the same steps above but click Do not use this device as seen above.

Now that you know how to make your computer faster using ReadyBoost, you can try it and see if it does any wonders for you. To see an increase in performance from Readyboost, it works perfectly on a slow computer along with a USB 3.0 or SSD drive.

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