2 August 2012

Speed Up Your System Using USB Drive In Windows 7/Vista

You might don’t know that there is a great feature in Windows 7 or Vista that can be used to speed up your system! We usually use USB memories for storing our data or information. But they can also use for increasing the system cache memory. This feature is called the Ready Boost feature. In this post I will show you how to add the free space that available on a USB drive to your system RAM. In fact this free space will be added to the system cache memory not the actual RAM. The Windows 7 or Vista allocates the memory space on the flash memory for caching and increases the system speed. Why? Because more space available for Windows and also a flash drive can access the data much faster than a magnetic hard drive. Windows 7/Vista allows use of maximum 8 USB drives to be used at once as parallel devices. The removable memories can have minimum 256 MB and maximum 256 GB memory capacity (for a single Flash memory up to 32 GB).  Now follow these steps:

1. First of all plug in your USB drive or Flash memory (SD card can be also used). If the auto run window appeared, from that window select the Speed up my system option.

2. If the auto run feature is not enabled on your system, then go to My Computer, right-click on the USB drive and from the menu, choose Properties. In the Properties window, navigate to the ReadyBoost tab and then select Dedicate this device to ReadyBoost or Use this device.

3. OK the window and wait till the Windows configured the device. You are done! Now if you check the My Computer window, you see that all space on the Flash memory dedicated to the system. To check your system speed, check your system performance with the Windows Task Manager.

4. To undo the process just repeat the step 2 but this time instead of Use this device, select Do not use this device option.