I'd like to use SSD as ReadyBoost cache disk. However, ReadyBoost can work with pluggable USB drives only (AFAIK). Is there any way to avoid this limitation?
On Windows 7 you CAN use an internal SSD drive for ReadyBoost.
Example scenario where it makes "some" sense: You have an existing Windows 7 desktop that could use a performance boost, but you don't have time to reinstall/migrate the boot drive to an SSD.
Total time invested: About 10 minutes Performance improvement: Noticeable/useful but not magic
ReadyBoost essentially allows you to treat non-hard drive storage devices as memory.
If you want to do this on a regular internal hard drive, you should just allocate swap file space on that drive.
To do this:
You should see this dialogue:
Here you can add a custom or system managed size page file for the drive letter of your SSD.
I managed to set up a full 120 GB SSD disk to use ReadyBoost by creating four partitions and enabling ReadyBoost on them all. ReadyBoost for Windows 7 allows only max 32 GB per partition but one disk can still be partitioned more times. Total maximum will be 256 GB with 8 partitions (32 GB each).
use the SSD as system drive, not only will virtual memory be much faster (than anything ReadyBoost has to offer via the USB 2.0 bottleneck) but also the overall system performance.
P.S.: ReadyBoost is a relic from the days when RAM was still a precious commodity. today, memory is dirtcheap, i wouldn't bother with ReadyBoost.
protected by Tom Wijsman Jan 30 '12 at 18:13
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