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Ready Boost To Improve Windows 7 Speed

Beginning with the Vista operating system Microsoft began incorporating a special utility known as Ready Boost. This program allows a system running on Vista to use removable flash memory as additional memory space that is used as a super fast swap file.

In the same way that hard drive manufacturers are using flash memory in solid state hard drives, these super fast flash memory chips can be used to speed up computer response times by using the flash memory space as a highly effective data cache.

How Does Ready Boost Increase Performance?

By default, Vista uses the hard drive as cache space when it runs out of system RAM. Traditional hard drives are very fast but are limited by the amount of time it takes for the drive to physically find, read, and transmit the data to the computer’s CPU. When Ready Boost is active, the most often used bytes of data are stored as an encrypted file on the flash drive, allowing them to be recalled faster than if the data was being read from the hard drive.

What types of flash memory work with Ready Boost?

Not all types of flash memory are fast enough to provide the benefits that Ready Boost is intended to provide. Most typical thumb drives and digital photo storage cards have slower data transmission rates and thus negate any possible benefits from using them to cache information.

Still, There are a great number of devices from many different vendors that do work with the Ready Boost system. Devices that are Ready Boost capable should display the Ready Boost logo on the packaging or on the drive itself. If in doubt, a user can simply plug in a piece of flash memory and allow the system to perform an automatic check of the drive’s capabilities.

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