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Virtual Memory, Using A Usb Flash Drive?


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Poll: Would a dedicated USB flash drive would better than HD space? (5 member(s) have cast votes)

Will it work as good or better than hard drive space?

  1. yes (1 votes [20.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 20.00%

  2. No (3 votes [60.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 60.00%

  3. Do not know enough to say. (1 votes [20.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 20.00%

Would the limitation be the USB bandwidth?

  1. Yes (3 votes [60.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 60.00%

  2. No (2 votes [40.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 40.00%

This idea is a waste of time.

  1. The benifit is not there. Scrap the idea. (5 votes [100.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 100.00%

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Posted 22 July 2006 - 11:32 AM

I have an add on USB card that has an internal port. I was wondering if I would see a performance difference if I used a 1Gb USB 2.0 flash drive instead of 1Gb of hard drive space? The response should be quicker but the bandwidth is not as great as IDE.

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Posted 24 July 2006 - 01:05 AM

I've done a bit of reading on this for Vista (the ReadyBoost feature) and have come to the conclusion that it's the Read and Write speeds that are considered critical for this type of operation.

I've tried it on Vista with a 1 gB USB drive and didn't notice any significant improvement. So I bought a 2 gB USB drive by the same maker and Vista wouldn't accept it (FYI - it was SanDisk).

Most of the arguements against this are that USB Flash drives aren't that much quicker than current hard drives - so there won't be any noticeable difference.

I am waiting for the extensible RAM chip systems that allow you to run 4 gB of RAM as your swapfile (and for even larger one's so that I can boot XP/Vista off of them!). But it's still way, way too expensive!
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Posted 29 May 2007 - 05:38 AM

I've done a bit of reading on this for Vista (the ReadyBoost feature) and have come to the conclusion that it's the Read and Write speeds that are considered critical for this type of operation.

I've tried it on Vista with a 1 gB USB drive and didn't notice any significant improvement. So I bought a 2 gB USB drive by the same maker and Vista wouldn't accept it (FYI - it was SanDisk).

Most of the arguements against this are that USB Flash drives aren't that much quicker than current hard drives - so there won't be any noticeable difference.

I am waiting for the extensible RAM chip systems that allow you to run 4 gB of RAM as your swapfile (and for even larger one's so that I can boot XP/Vista off of them!). But it's still way, way too expensive!




I just brought a 4GB USB flash drive from AMAZON for 22.40 including P+P
This is readyboast compatible and has U3 Technology in it (SanDisk)


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