USB Flashdrive never acts as RAM in Windows 7

USB Ready Boost Myth: Intelligent Computing
It’s a great Myth that windows created such option like Ready Boost and people always try to enhance performance with their USB flash drive but its completely waste of time, see the truth behind

A formatted 4 GB USB can work as 1 GB RAM on Windows 7 PC. But the truth is far behind the way Windows shown to us.

Whenever we insert the USB, an auto play option is Pop up, you can find the several options depending upon the content of USB device. For the Blank Drive, you will get two option Open folder to view content and another is of readyBoost.

Believe me if you are doing this, stop pretending like fool!
Let me show you some of the stats that will explain all this.

I did this many time with my 2 GB RAM on Desktop, and tried to run some of the high performance eating application like VirtualBox and believe me after running a single OS with 800 MB RAM my PC start slowing down however I was not using any of the extra application. Here too ReadyBoost didn’t made any difference on my PC.

Currently I’m showing you result from my Laptop. Configuration of My Lenovo G580 is i5 second gen 2.4 GHz quad-core with 4 GB RAM, 5400 rpm HDD and onboard graphic memory.
I have Transcend 4GB device having 3.7 GB usable space.

Let me show you some of screen shot

PC’s Performance before using USB ready boost

First screen shot is this.

Before using the USB Boost, let me tell you the stats of my task manager’s performance tab

Everything is normal no extra process was running, the Task which are visible, Microsoft word, task manager and My Computer.
RAM and system resource usage before ReadyBoost: Intelligent Computing

Total Physical Memory in MB        4039
Cached                                              2081
Available                                           2812
Free                                                    741
Other details from system column are
Handles                                             18669
Threads                                             775
Processes                                         48

Kernel Memory Details are
Paged                                                204
Nonpaged                                         83

PC’s performance after Readyboost with 4 GB USB

Now Let me do Ready boosting
And I have done it.

Now the screen shot with all the proof is here below.

RAM and system resource usage before ReadyBoost: Intelligent Computing

On the bases of Screen shot, you can notice I have made readyboost working on 4 GB USB, and all the details on the task manager is visible. Those details are

Total Physical Memory in MB        4039
Cached                                              2076
Available                                           2775
Free                                                    724
Other details from system column are
Handles                                             18791
Threads                                             784
Processes                                         49

Kernel Memory Details are
Paged                                                205
Nonpaged                                         90

Comparing PC with and without readyboost

What has changed in both condition, before and after readyboost, let me summarize
Total Memory in MB is same
Cache memory decreased by 5 MB
Available Memory decreased by 37 MB
Free Memory decreased by 17 MB

Handlers increased by 122
9 More Thread added
Processed increased by 1

Overall I have this chart prepared in Excel,

Stats showing the difference in stats: Intelligent computing

System memory usage is either increased by some points or not affected. So please don’t waste your time in such jokes.

The Bottom Line

The Main focused vision for readyboost is to enhance caching memory of the computer also called virtual memory. This can be useful when your system drive is running out of memory space and Windows is showing you message that Windows virtual memory is too low. You can try this Readyboost to see If this works or not. Well I’ll better suggest you to allocate 4 GB space from each of your drive for the paging memory. This will be most effective thing for caching you can do on your PC.

Do it as follow

Open System Properties > Advance system settings

In Advance Tab click on setting button in of Performance

In Advance tab of new window change Virtual memory option

On New pop up Uncheck automatically manage Virtual memory

Select each drive and provide recommended space in MB for virtual memory.

Save and restart your PC

After 3-4 Restart your Computer will start performing faster for all programs including explorer.
If you still have any question, let us know by commenting below, Have nice time

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