If your computer usage is basically moderate and your browsing is for normal time-bound usage then try these simple steps to use USB Pendrive as a RAM for windows PC. This hack to use USB Pendrive as a RAM will boost the startup time of the OS and many programs.
Nerdy Tip: RAM = Random Access Memory or Internal memory hardware kit that is used to aid computers to run programs. It is in the form of a flat stick with metal tips that has come a long way from the SD-ram to the DDR sticks.
In the old days of yore I made use of 32 MB and 64 MB of RAM (don’t laugh) and we have come a long way. The latest news is that we have now breached the 200GB RAM barrier.
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If you are eager to increase your system’s RAM for a decent performance boost we’ll show you how you can extend your RAM, virtually so that you can save on your RAM expenses.
Although enabling ReadyBoost is not as good as installing more RAM, it does provide some measurable performance improvement. In some cases it can decrease program start-up times by up to 50%. I have noticed a good speed up of my OS and common programs and hence wanted to share this hack with you.
For this you need a spare USB pen drive preferably 4 – 32 GB in capacity and preferably bought recently. The reason is that the newer pen drives come with a faster read/write speed and therefore are better suited for this job.
Microsoft’s ReadyBoost uses flash storage or your pen-drive that is about as quick as RAM. Starting with Vista OS, ReadyBoost requires a USB drive that offers at least
- 256 MB of storage,
- access time of 1 millisecond or less,
- Read speed of 2.5 megabytes per second
- Write speed of 1.75 megabytes per second.
Don’t worry friends, modern USB drives can meet these specifications easily!
You can enable ReadyBoost by right-clicking your USB drive in My Computer, clicking on Properties, and then navigating to the ReadyBoost tab. You’ll see several radio menu options that let you enable or disable this feature as well as a slider that lets you specify how much of the drive’s capacity in MB is devoted to the feature.
The limit is 4GB if you use FAT32 format on the drive, but for NTFS format the limit is set at 32GB. Either way it would be sensible to have atleast 4 GB to see some boost in performance.
You are most likely to see a noticeable improvement if you have very little physical RAM (say, two gigabytes or less – mine was 1.5 GB in Windows 7 OS)) and a mechanical hard disk.
Windows disables this feature if you have an internal SSD (solid state drive) because it offers superior storage performance. Also, Windows will only let you enable ReadyBoost if your USB stick is fast enough, so you might see these options grayed out for some devices.
Hope you found this tip handy and let me know if it helped you to your satisfaction.
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