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#1 MelissaPleases

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 09:53 PM

Okay, this is kind of strange. I have an 8GB flash drive that Win 7 tells me I can use as added RAM. So, I followed instructions, inserted the flash drive, clicked on the option to make it a dedicated RAM drive, and off I went.

Instead of speeding the computer up, it actually slowed it down! My browsers took much longer to load, web pages slowed down and sometimes couldn't be opened unless I restarted the browser several times, some of my more memory hungry apps slowed down considerably, etc. I became nervous about the computer's behavior, and after about 24 hours, I removed the flash drive, and that was it. Everything was right back to normal.

This is my first time using a flash drive for extended RAM. Has anyone else ever had something like this happen?

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 10:06 PM

The option you are talking about is called ReadyBoost. More about it can be read here.

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 11:35 PM

Thanks - ReadyBoost, I couldn't remember the name of the feature.

It still doesn't tell me why, after following those directions, the system slows down rather than speeding up. I use Poser 8, for example, for 3D rendering. It's a very memory intensive application, and I thought some extra RAM would speed up the rendering process, even if just a bit. The reality was, when using the flash drive for RAM, it slowed the app down.

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 11:39 PM

For ReadyBoost to work to it`s full potential the flash drive being used must be ReadyBoost capable. Not all drives are. Sounds like the one you used is not.

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Posted 01 November 2010 - 12:48 AM

ReadyBoost doesn't function as RAM. It caches frequently accessed hard drive data. If you have a nice fast hard drive, a USB flash drive is likely to be slower.

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Posted 01 November 2010 - 09:32 AM

Ah... Thank you, ThunderZ & Platypus. That would explain it.

Completely unrelated - I have found that the people at this site are amazingly knowledgeable about everything I've asked about. The best referral I ever received was to this place... :huh:

Oh, and both of you - love your sigs! :huh:

Edited by MelissaPleases, 01 November 2010 - 09:33 AM.

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Posted 01 November 2010 - 10:54 AM

Thank you and you are :huh:

I always get a chuckle out of Platypus`s sig too. :huh:




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