How to run Flash Drives as RAM?

Intel / Awrdacpi
March 10, 2011 at 05:28:02
Specs: Windows 7, 2.266 GHz / 1015 MB
While surfing the Computing.Net I found that Flash Drives can be used as RAM. But I did only found this for Windows Vista, no older versions of Windows allowed. So, I just wanted to know that if I can do this on Windows 7. If so, how can I do this..?

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#1
March 10, 2011 at 05:50:40
Flash drives cannot be used as RAM. They are much slower and cannot be directly accessed as can RAM. You are probably referring to ReadyBoost which is a feature introduced with Vista and also supported in Windows 7. With only 1 GB RAM this might be worthwhile. This uses the flash drive as a cache but does not add to RAM.

It is possible to put the pagefile on a flash drive and many people think (quite wrongly) that this is adding to RAM. This sounds appealing but is rarely of much benefit.

There is NO substitute for more RAM.


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#2
March 10, 2011 at 14:05:23
I like readyboost and use it if I can. I agree that ram speeds are 10 fold or more faster then any usb device.

I leave a readyboost enabled stick in two systems and feel it does improve speeds. See how readyboost works to see if it might help you or just try it.

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