Nov 25, 2014

Does the Readyboost feature that uses a flash drive to improve Windows 7 performance make a noticeable difference?

I have an old Windows 7 laptop that I still use at home from time to time. It’s RAM is maxxed out at 4GB, so the easy road to improved performance has already been taken. Has anyone used the Readyboost feature that uses a USB flash drive as a substitute for increased internal RAM? I was thinking about picking up a spare flash drive on my next Amazon order to give it a try. Is it going to make a difference?

"To monitor ReadyBoost performance, use the System Tools\Performance\Monitoring Tools\Performance Monitor tool in the Computer Management console and add the ReadyBoost Cache counters. These counters enable you to monitor how much of the cache is currently being used and when the cache is read from or written to. But it does not tell you exactly what performance benefit you are achieving by using ReadyBoost. "
With your RAM already upgraded to 4GB, I doubt that you will see any difference using Readyboost. Keep in mind, the flash drive is going to be limited by the speed of your USB port and whether the flash drive is USB 2.0 or 3.0. If your laptop is a few years old it may only have USB 2.0 ports. Check and see, and make sure to try it in a USB 3.0 port if you have one. I would still give it a go, just to see if I could tell the difference since you can pick up a flash drive for pretty cheap these days and they are handy to have around even it Readyboost doesn’t make a difference.

To try it, plug in a flash drive, then open up Computer, right click on the flash drive, select Properties and click the ReadyBoost tab. Autoplay may even pop up and give you the Readyboost option when you plug it in.
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