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i was reading about ReadyBoost feature in windows 7 and its very interesting. from reading its features it almost seems like it lets you use your usb thumb drives as sort of external RAM?

does it really work? because then technically it would make my 4gb ram into 8gb? if i plug in a 4gb flash drive
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i was reading about ReadyBoost feature in windows 7 and its very interesting. from reading its features it almost seems like it lets you use your usb thumb drives as sort of external RAM?

does it really work? because then technically it would make my 4gb ram into 8gb? if i plug in a 4gb flash drive
I'm not sure but I think 2gb is max, correct me if I'm wrong, but it's also really slow compared to normal ram.
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It was meant to be a temporary substitute for people who wanted the new OS (Vista at the time, but it's available in 7 too) but didn't have big enough systems. With Vista, it could be summed up like this:
1GB physical RAM = decent boost
2GB physical RAM = minor boost
more than 2GB physical RAM = no noticeable improvement.
 
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i was reading about ReadyBoost feature in windows 7 and its very interesting. from reading its features it almost seems like it lets you use your usb thumb drives as sort of external RAM?

does it really work? because then technically it would make my 4gb ram into 8gb? if i plug in a 4gb flash drive
Yes you are correct.
but the extra 4GB of RAM will be so slow... they run slower than DDR 400Mhz RAM.

also the limit on Ready boost is 320GB. i have a 320GB spare hard drive, might uses it all for Ready boost and see what happens
    
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so with a 4gb flash drive i wouldnt see improvement?
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No, you wouldn't.
    
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