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Readyboost Vs. Ram Disk Vs. Swap File

#1 User is offline   BearPup 

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 05:13 AM

In the past few months there was an online article about MS ReadyBoost. My question: I have a spare IDE hard drive that I'd like to use to speed up my computer; should I use it for ReadyBoost, a RAM Disk, or a dedicated swap file location? Is there some other use I could put it to that would speed up my computer? I have 4Gb of RAM, 1Gb of which is dedicated to the video card. Thank you in advance.
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 07:54 AM

An IDE hard disk will do nothing to speed up your machine. In most cases, it will be the source of bottlenecks, and even wasted CPU time.

With 4GB of ram, Ready Boost will have no positive impact either.
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 01:10 PM

I tried Ready Boost on a computer with 4Gig RAM & dedicated 1Gig vid. card. I used a 4Gig SD card for the Ready Boost drive. Very rarely did the computer ever write anything to the Ready Boost drive.

It seems to me that Ready Boost was designed to make Win7 run better on Very Old computers, with limited RAM.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 01:56 PM

Honestly, if you have that little RAM, you're better off just adding a bit more. (You should have at least 2GB, preferably 4GB or more.)
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 08:32 PM

Thanks for the help. I've posted a new question on RAM in the forum. As for adding more RAM to my system, I can add another 4 Gb, but as I run 32 Bit Windows I don't see the point of adding more as it can't use all the RAM I currently have (unless my question on "unused RAM" has a 'positive' answer). Thanks again.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 03:09 AM

Since you have 4Gb RAM you dont need a large virtual memory.
You can Make you virtual memory 768Mb and that will be fine. Set "initial size" to 768 set "maximum size" to 768
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