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I've been curious to hear from those that have acutally tired it. What's your experience? Does it actually improve anything? If so, how?
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when i had 1gb , and i sued my 512 usb drive , i noticed a significant power boost
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I created a Do you use Readyboost? thread if you're interested in read it.
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The short answer is yes, it does... use it.
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It's nice if you have a fast USB drive and have less than 1 gig of RAM. If you have more than a gig of RAM, it won't work as well and might even slow things down.
    
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Originally Posted by igob8a View Post
It's nice if you have a fast USB drive and have less than 1 gig of RAM. If you have more than a gig of RAM, it won't work as well and might even slow things down.
First, if the USB drive doesn't meet minimum performance standards, you won't be able to use it. Second, it will not slow anything down. In fact, the superfetch will be stored as a growing index, seperate from your RAM, if you don't use it. Even if you have 64-bit and 6GB of RAM, you are still better off with ReadyBoost than without it.
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I'm using 4gb of ram currently. How about this one:

http://www.staples.com/webapp/wcs/st...&cmArea=SEARCH

How does it work exactly?
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Quote:
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First, if the USB drive doesn't meet minimum performance standards, you won't be able to use it. Second, it will not slow anything down. In fact, the superfetch will be stored as a growing index, seperate from your RAM, if you don't use it. Even if you have 64-bit and 6GB of RAM, you are still better off with ReadyBoost than without it.
And if you force Readyboost with a flash drive that doesn't meet the minimum requirements? I force mine, but I don't know how to test if it's helping.
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I'm using 4gb of ram currently. How about this one:

http://www.staples.com/webapp/wcs/st...&cmArea=SEARCH

How does it work exactly?
You linked to a "enter shipping zip code" page... rofl

Anyways, ReadyBoost stores superfetch data which is unique to you, the individual user. As you use your computer, it will get faster and more predictive. If you always open your email first thing in the morning, for example, it will already have it ready, "pre-loaded" so to speak (but you won't see it). When you go to open it, it will pop open quicker than if it had to stop and load it first.
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And if you force Readyboost with a flash drive that doesn't meet the minimum requirements? I force mine, but I don't know how to test if it's helping.
Still better off than as an index on your HDD, but I would recommend getting an approved thumb drive... 4GB can be had for less than $40 even at a local retail store....
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