ReadyBoost whose code name is "Extended Cache" is the name of a disk caching technology included in Windows Vista and Windows 7 from Microsoft.

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Does Windows ReadyBoost have a meaningful impact on performance?

Does Windows ReadyBoost technology, available in Windows since Vista, have a meaningful impact on performance? Are there well-known benchmarks that compare systems with, and without? Does the speed ...
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How can I reduce Windows 7 boot times?

I have a Sony VAIO laptop that has an i7 processor, 6 GB of RAM and a 7200 RPM 500 GB 2.5 inch drive. I work in .NET, so I have SQL Server Developer, Visual Studio and a lot of other tools like that. ...
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How can I use my SSD as a ReadyBoost cache disk?

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?
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Get statistics on how ReadyBoost is being used by Windows

I have experimentally started using a flash drive for ReadyBoost. There's no blinking light on it so I don't even know if it's being accessed at all. Is there some way to get statistics on how often ...
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Do SSD hybrid drives perform better than HDD + ReadyBoost flash?

Seagate has released a product called the Momentus XT Solid State Hybrid Drive. This looks exactly like what Windows ReadyBoost attempts to do with software at the OS level: Pairing the benefits of a ...
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Does ReadyBoost really improve performance? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does Windows ReadyBoost have a meaningful impact on performance? Does using an SD card with ReadyBoost help? Would I notice any difference on a 32-bit netbook with ...
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How to stop ReadyBoost from rebuilding cache after every restart on SD cards and flash drives?

On my computers (running windows 7 and vista and using SD cards and flash drives) ReadyBoost rebuilds cache after every reboot. Because of this and 5400RPM HDD, it takes several minutes for computer ...
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How to place SuperFetch cache on an SSD?

I'm thinking of adding a solid state drive (SSD) to my existing Windows 7 installation. I know I can (and should) move my paging file to the SSD: Should the pagefile be placed on SSDs? ...
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How can I make Windows 7 ReadyBoost persistent?

Is there a way to make Windows 7 to keep the ReadyBoost cache across a reboot (and not encrypt it or keep the encryption key across the reboot) - so that ReadyBoost could actually boost the boot up ...
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what appropriate “Allocation Unit Size” for an exFAT SD card with ReadyBoost

I've brought an 4GB SD card and I'm dedicating it for use by ReadyBoost (on Windows7) Im looking to get the most profit on performance, so i've formatted it with exFAT (as recommended by Microsoft) ...
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Windows 7 ReadyBoost - What File System To Use With Flash Card/Drive?

NTFS, exFAT or FAT32? I know that FAT32 has a limit of 4GB transfer per file, but is it faster and better than NTFS or exFAT? Since Windows 7 by itself uses NTFS, it remains logical to format flash ...
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What happens when you stick a USB drive in for readyboost, and then suddenly take it out?

And what happens to the virtual memory in the RAM stick? nothing seems to happen on the computer
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What's the maximum size Windows 7 allows for ReadyBoost?

I read somewhere the Windows 7 had removed the limit on ReadyBoost from 4GB and now allows an unlimited number of GBs. I would like to reconfirm this as a fact. At present, my Windows 7 RC 7100 ...
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Can I create a RAM disk using GPU Memory? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible to use GPU memory as more main memory? I would like to create a RAM disk/drive using the GPU's RAM/memory. Then use ReadyBoost on Windows to use the disk ...
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ReadyBoost card “forgotten” on system resume

I have an SD card permanently lodged in the laptop slot to serve as ReadyBoost cache. Every now and then after resuming from hibernate/sleep i notice Windows has forgotten it was even using it before. ...
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Readyboost on Windows 7 x64

I'm thinking of bying 1 or more flash drives or an SD card to use with the readyboost function on by 64bit Windows 7 machine. I have a few questions regarding it before i put my hand in my pocket and ...
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ReadyBoost in Windows 7

I've bought an SD card today for my phot frame, but when I inserted it into my notebook I saw I could use it for ReadyBoost. Some background I'm a .net developer, using VMs and developing web ...
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Shopping for Fast USB Flash Drives [closed]

I would like to pick up some really fast USB flash drives in the 16 - 64 GB range. When looking at drives they just list their size, their form factor (key chain hook, slider, etc.) and the fact that ...
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How does Vista ReadyBoost speed up the PC , since FLASH drives are slower than HDD's?

Flash Drives tend to be in the 10-30 MB/s transfer rate speed compared to HDD's in the 100+ MB/s range. I realize that seek time is shorter for the Flash drive, but if you've defragged your page file ...
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Will readyboost speed up a secondary partion or harddrive?

I'm building a new computer and plan on using a few spare USB sticks with readyboost to cache disk writes. I'll be running Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 x64 I have a single 2 TB disk, and plan to make a ...
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What has more impact on performance: Readyboost or paging file on a system with 2GB RAM?

I have my paging file turned off in Vista as i have heard that it is not needed and in some cases may slow down a system that has >=2GB RAM. (no sure how true this is, but i notice that having it ...
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Enable ReadyBoost on a second internal HDD?

I have two SATA HDDs in my desktop PC (one for daily activity, one for storage and backup). I can finely use ReadyBoost with pendrives, but I wonder, Is there a way I could use my underutilized second ...
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What type of SD card do I need to use as Windows Ready Boost memory?

I have a laptop with an SD card reader and was wanting to buy and SD card to use as ready boost memory. Is there a specific type of SD card that is required so that windows can access it?
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Does ReadyBoost slow down systems with more RAM?

I have 4 GB of RAM and would like to make use of ReadyBoost to speed up hard drive access, by taking advantage of its hard drive cache method. However, as I understand the technology, ReadyBoost ...
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Can we format SD Cards with the exFAT format?

I don't have one to test this at the moment but I plan to buy an 8GB card and use it with ReadyBoost (Windows 7) on my laptop.
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Can I remove the drive letter on the SD card I'm using for Readyboost?

I'm using a 4GB SD Card in my Windows 7 laptop with Rreadyboost turned on for that particular card. In My computer the SD card shows its own drive letter. Since I'm only using the SD card for ...
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Is it advisable to use multiple ReadyBoost flash drives?

I am a fan of ReadyBoost and have seen good results using it with my work laptop. I tried something today and connected a second flash drive (2GB) and configured it for use with ReadyBoost. The first ...
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Is Windows Readyboost with an SSD remotely as fast as a dedicated SSD disk?

I have at home a 1TB disk and a 40GB SSD. I have tried using Windows on the 40GB SSD, but it's just not doable, even when I install everything on the 1TB disk I run out of space. I am wondering if I ...
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Cannot turn off ReadyBoost from USB, disk appears to be read-only

I recently started using ReadyBoody on my Sandisk Cruzer Edge 16GB USB, and when I needed to copy files into the USB, I could simply go right click USB > Properties > ReadyBoost > turn off ReadyBoost. ...
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Make ReadyBoost cache more aggressively

I have always had a 32GB high-speed Transcend SD card in my laptop for ReadyBoost, but it isn't very helpful because Windows isn't making heavy use of it: the cache size is usually 2 GB or less and ...
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When is it not recommended to use ReadyBoost in Windows Vista?

I've read lots of questions here in SU about ReadyBoost and that it does help low-end machines. However, there is nothing definitive about the upper limit -- when is using ReadyBoost negligible (or ...
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Which is best for ReadyBoost? SD card or USB?

Would it be better to use a USB or a SD card as use for ReadyBoost? I run windows 7 on a acer aspire laptop.
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Will I see any performance if I disable pagefile and use Readyboost instead?

My laptop is an IBM ThinkPad T500 using Windows 7, x64 with 8 GB RAM. I have the OS manage the pagefile which is currently 8GB in size. I don't use sleep and hibernation. Will I see any ...
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Should I Use Flash Card Or USB Flash Drive With eBoostr (ReadyBoost) For Windows XP?

I have 1GB of RAM and would like to know what kind of memory device will be best for use with eBoostr (something like ReadyBoost). I have heard that flash cards are faster than USB flash drives. What ...
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Cost per GB of different Flash media

So I'm looking at getting a new laptop, and I don't think an SSD would be worth the expense, but I thought that using ReadyBoost with some Flash memory permanently jammed in the laptop's memory slot ...
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ReadyBoost - How much space needed?

Just a simple question. How much could Windows 7 use effectively? ReadyBoost really helps, at least for me it's really working. I have got a simple Kingston pendrive, which is not bad, but it's not ...
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Slow performance when watching YouTube videos – related to ReadyBoost?

I got 2GB of RAM and a ReadyBoost SD card that's a 16bg SDHC card. Maximum ReadyBoost is 4GB, and I never remove it. My virtual memory is now 4GB and it's staying at that – is that good? When I'm on ...
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ReadyBoost for Microsoft Vista

What is the internal logic of Microsoft ReadyBoost? Even a theoretical answer will do.
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Windows Readyboost purpose

I am getting mixed answers on google. This is what my idea of readyboost is: Windows logs your most used files/apps. They make a mirror of these files on the flash drive Whenever you are opening the ...
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Optimal cluster size for random I/O

I'm specifically interested in the answer for NAND storage (SD cards, memory sticks). I have a Windows 7 laptop where I run 2 VM's inside VMWare, as well as multiple programs in the host OS. VM disk ...
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Advantage of 64 bit over 32 bit, apart from RAM support [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 32-bit vs. 64-bit systems Suppose a processor supports up to a maximum of only 2 GB RAM (eg: Intel Atom N2600), what are the advantages of installing a 64 bit operating ...
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Do I need Readyboost and page file if I have lots of free RAM?

I have 12 GB RAM installed in my laptop. I have currently both page file and ready boost disabled. Most of the time my RAM usage are under 6 GB. So, I still have 6 GB RAM all the time. Considering ...
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Recommended format for an SDHC card used for ReadyBoost ONLY

I have a spare 4GB SD Card that I'd like to test for ReadyBoost so I'm not going to use it for anything else (format portability here is not an issue). As I've read, exFat is a very nice format ...
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Windows 7 ReadyBoost and TrueCrypt

Will the Windows 7 benefit from a ReadyBoost usb flash disk (or sdhc card) even if the system drive (partition where windows is stored) is encrypted with TrueCrypt 7.0a?
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Why doesn't Windows utilize readyboost devices?

I have a 4 GB Verbatim USB 2.0 Flash drive plugged into one of the rear USB ports on my computer. Windows detects this as a device that can be used for ReadyBoost, and I have selected that the ...
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Optimum use of Windows7 32bit PAE Ramdisk (3GB + 1GB PAE)

Besides switching to Windows 64bit (or Linux 64bit) what is the best strategy to make the most of my 1GB PAE ramdisk (on a Laptop with a slow harddrive)? Here ...
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readyboost for REFS possible with a partition of an internal SSD?

I intend to setup a new computer with Windows 8.1/x64 using the following disks: 2 2TB rotating disk drives 1 or 2 SSDs (1x240GB or 2x120GB) I need your help to decide whether to buy 1 or 2 SSDs, ...
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Does ReadyBoost help for Visual Studio?

Is there any way that you can monitor if ReadyBoost actually has an impact on performance? I don't really experience much improvement. Also can it be useful for Visual Studio anyway or would that ...
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I am not able to use Ready Boost functionality with my Western Digital 500 GB External Hard Drive. Please Help

I have Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.06 GHz, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate with 80 GB Hard disk & 1.50 GB of RAM. I also have a Western Digital 500 GB of external hard disk. Recently, I heard about Ready ...
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Windows 7 disables ReadyBoost after reboot

I have a USB flash drive that I dedicated to ReadyBoost on my Windows 7 PC. Whenever I reboot my machine, it "forgets" that the USB drive is configured for ReadyBoost. What could be the reason for ...