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I wonder if there's any way to improve BitTorrent performance by putting any cache on a USB stick, like the ReadyBoost in Windows?

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No.

ReadyBoost was an improvement because it put files in sequence on the flash drive; therefore, it would sometimes be faster than an HDD. 'Sometimes' because it offered you a test to see if ReadyBoot would improve your boot time, and, sometimes, it told you not to bother. Now, HDDs are faster than USB2 flash drives.

Your cache files are not in linear sequence, in the order they must be accessed to hasten startup. And, by now, odds are you have a system drive which is faster than the typical HDD when ReadyBoost was hot stuff.

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    Not too sure how Windows BitTorrent caches work, but wouldn't an external SSD that was devoted just to the cache be useful? – JakeGould Nov 5 '19 at 0:23
  • @JakeGould He didn't ask for that; he asked about an external USB flash drive, which IIRC are slower. – K7AAY Nov 5 '19 at 0:25
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    I realize that is what the question is about; USB flash drives. But since low capacity SSD drives —like 64GB to 128GB — are relatively cheap, just an idea. – JakeGould Nov 5 '19 at 0:43
  • @JakeGould - ReadyBoost is basically useless (can't even be used) after you have a certain amount of system memory. You basically can only use it if Windows thinks it should be used, more memory, but more memory won't make Bittorrent faster. – Ramhound Nov 5 '19 at 0:55
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    @Ramhound But for file storage and random access SSDs are definitely faster than many hard drives? This is mainly an idea. – JakeGould Nov 5 '19 at 1:18

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