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I had an unused SecureDigital card (much faster than what is needed for ReadyBoost), and my laptop (which has 2 x 2 GB DDR2 and a WD Scorpio Black hard drive) has an SD slot that I never use. So I thought I'd throw the card in that slot, and enable ReadyBoost.

Everything now feels a little snappier. Firefox, in particular, loads faster that first time you open it after a system boot.

I am also noticing that Windows 7 reads/writes to the SD card every time I do something with the PC. Does this mean that the actual hard drive is being used less now that ReadyBoost is enabled (which would also mean longer battery life and longer drive life)?
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I recall reading an article a while back that determined ReadyBoost was largely pointless. People perceived gains, but upon testing it there were none. (unless you had a RAM deprived system - 1GB or less)

Windows 7 writes to the card so much, it'll probably wear out in a short time. (a couple months, maybe?)

I've noticed that if I run Defraggler before I shutdown, Firefox cold starts about 150% faster. (7.5 seconds -> 3 seconds) That's obviously on an HDD - on a SSD it'd be faster and not require a defrag.

I'm guessing you'll break even as far as power consumption. Without the SD card in there, the card reader goes to sleep and draws very little power. Now it'll be drawing some power. Lots of operations also have to hit both your HDD and the SD card, so neither can go to sleep.
     
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I use ready boost on several systems. Both my HTPC's have an 8 gig USB (they have 4 gigs of RAM) and I have a 2 gig SD card on my netbook (2 gigs of RAM).
My netbook seems a little snapier, but nothing that just jumps out with blazing speed.

From what I had read about readyboost, it works better if you have a slower HDD and low RAM (which my netbook has) and works with Superfetch to cache files on it.
It writes files to both the HDD and SD card, and when it needs to access it it pulls it from the SD card much quicker than the HDD. I doubt any change in battery or HDD life.
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I recall reading an article a while back that determined ReadyBoost was largely pointless. People perceived gains, but upon testing it there were none. (unless you had a RAM deprived system - 1GB or less)
Windows 7 writes to the card so much, it'll probably wear out in a short time. (a couple months, maybe?)

Two months? This support page here mentions that the Readyboost wear is minimal confusedsmiley.png
Quote:
Q. Won't this wear out the flash drive?

A: Absolutely not. ReadyBoost is smart about how and when it writes to the flash device. Research shows that the lifespan of flash devices used for ReadyBoost will have a usable life of ten years or more.

But I honestly don't care about the card. If it dies, it dies. This is a 4 GB card, and I tend to use at least 8 GBs on all my devices.

So, basically, if I don't care about the card, there is no harm in using Readyboost, right?
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Originally Posted by Kramy View Post

I recall reading an article a while back that determined ReadyBoost was largely pointless. People perceived gains, but upon testing it there were none. (unless you had a RAM deprived system - 1GB or less)
Windows 7 writes to the card so much, it'll probably wear out in a short time. (a couple months, maybe?)

Two months? This support page here mentions that the Readyboost wear is minimal confusedsmiley.png
Quote:
Q. Won't this wear out the flash drive?

A: Absolutely not. ReadyBoost is smart about how and when it writes to the flash device. Research shows that the lifespan of flash devices used for ReadyBoost will have a usable life of ten years or more.

But I honestly don't care about the card. If it dies, it dies. This is a 4 GB card, and I tend to use at least 8 GBs on all my devices.

So, basically, if I don't care about the card, there is no harm in using Readyboost, right?
Who knows? I killed an SD card with it, but it was an ancient Kingston one. It could be that it could only take a few hundred erases. If your SD card is good quality, it may be fine.

If you don't care about the card, enjoy your speed boost. (if there is one)
     
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