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#1 clayto

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Posted 03 February 2015 - 02:30 PM

Does anyone have knowledge of the Power Boost feature of recent Windows operating systems ---- involving using a USB Memory Stick or Card to supplement the computer's memory(RAM) thus speeding up processing.  My W8.1 Tablet has an as yet unused 15 GB Memory Card which I would like to try for this purpose.  However, the feature is absent (from Properties). I understand this can mean that the computer is not suitable  -- but not necessarily so.  I have tried to read the fairly plentiful info on the web about it but am left somewhat confused and uncertain whether or not it can be activated on my system or not.

 

Can anyone advise on this, please?

 

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Posted 03 February 2015 - 02:40 PM

 

involving using a USB Memory Stick or Card to supplement the computer's memory(RAM) thus speeding up processing.

IMO

 

If you need more ram get more ram, USB sticks and SD Cards do not have the same read write speeds as Ram SSD and HDD. Using USB or SSD you may find your PC slows down a bit if it is forced to write to them.

 

Its why I have my swap partition on SSD.


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Posted 03 February 2015 - 02:42 PM

We oldsters used to load up config.sys with drivers w/settings to create and use a ram-drive [even had a drive letter assigned to it] that would load up certain programs and/or data files into that allocated portion of memory -- ran much faster until ram-drive dismounted.  Power boosting will probably work as long as the device used remains always online, with room to spare.


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Posted 03 February 2015 - 02:45 PM

NickAu is correct, we were posting at same time; 'tis better to get more memory and "more hard-drive."


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Posted 06 February 2015 - 06:56 AM

Thanks for the  comments.   I dont know how practical 'more memory' is for my recently acquired Tablet, although I have reason to believe the tiny thing has two free slots..  It runs fast enough now but I am thinking of the future and had heard using a USB Card (it has 15 GB) might be simpler / cheaper.  But I know there is some uncertainty about whether Power Boost really works (much).  Years ago I installed new RAM from Crucial into my XP and that made a real difference.  Using the SD Card was just a passing thought ---- I am now starting to use it usefully for storage for files en route to the Cloud (which I am just learning about).

 

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Posted 06 February 2015 - 06:56 AM

Thanks for the  comments.   I dont know how practical 'more memory' is for my recently acquired Tablet, although I have reason to believe the tiny thing has two free slots..  It runs fast enough now but I am thinking of the future and had heard using a USB Card (it has 15 GB) might be simpler / cheaper.  But I know there is some uncertainty about whether Power Boost really works (much).  Years ago I installed new RAM from Crucial into my XP and that made a real difference.  Using the SD Card was just a passing thought ---- I am now starting to use it usefully for storage for files en route to the Cloud (which I am just learning about).

 

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Posted 06 February 2015 - 06:59 AM

I dont know how multiple copies of my posting were created, I only clicked once.  Any way, I am very sorry it happened.

 

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