Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Not duplicate :)

Windows 8 hides usb flash drives in the list of virtual memory drive list. The picture taken when I installed 2 usb flash drives but they are not in the list. Any body knows the trick to add them here?

enter image description here

share|improve this question
    
Salam, Can you find the reason? – msoa May 29 at 11:10
    
I found a good response here: superuser.com/questions/589031/windows-readyboost-purpose , in Jamie Hanrahan answer. – msoa May 29 at 12:00

You don't need that. Microsoft introduced ReadyBoost with Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 as a potential way to improve the performance of Windows Virtual Memory.

Ready Boost only improves performance when your USB drive has faster access times then your hard drive does. For most systems, setting a fixed minimum size and no maximum size for virtual memory will provide the best performance.

To make flash drive for ReadyBoost Just take the properties of flash drive and do following,

enter image description here

share|improve this answer
3  
Thanks i know that but the question is about pagefile , not readyboost . – Omid Kosari May 7 '13 at 7:18
3  
Traditional paging to flash memory is a terrible idea. See my response to one of your comments elsewhere. – Shinrai May 7 '13 at 16:09
1  
@Shinrai I know technically very bad exception occurs when the pagefile suddenly hides but any modern OS should easily handle that exception . Let's think you have hotplug sata/sas/etc disks and OS uses them for pagefile . what happens when you unplug that drive(s) ? – Omid Kosari May 8 '13 at 6:19
2  
@OmidKosari - Bad things happen, but anybody using hotswap disks should be aware of that...it's a lot less common than flash memory. The point I'm trying to make is that Microsoft doesn't want you to do this. You could probably find some workaround by getting your flash drive to identify itself as non-removable media by editing the firmware on it, but offhand I can't think of any other approach I would take. And I can't think of any usage situation where it would be the right decision, that's the main thing. I don't know why you're thinking this is something you should do, but it's not. – Shinrai May 9 '13 at 16:22
    
ReadyBoost uses SuperFetch to predict blocks that might be read and write them to flash memory to be read if the hard drive is busy. This may speed a low memory system, but it has nothing to do with virtual memory. – Keltari Dec 16 '15 at 23:57

An paragraph of here: Windows Readyboost purpose , in Jamie Hanrahan answer:

Nor will Windows allow you to create a pagefile on a USB drive. Reason: If Windows needed to read pagefile contents from a USB drive, and someone had pulled the USB drive from its port, there would be no other place to get that data. Windows would have to crash, just as it does on any other page read attempt from a failing drive.

share|improve this answer

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .