ReadyBoost in Windows - what is it, how to enable it?

Regardless of the parameters of their hardware, computer users are constantly looking for ways to optimize their computers to reduce the time required to perform operations. Some activities of this nature can be carried out from the system level - a good example in the Windows will be ReadyBoost program, which users were familiar with at the launch of Windows Vista in 2007. Since then, there have been widely divergent opinions on the actual effectiveness of this feature. What is its exact mechanism of operation and what can it be used for?

ReadyBoost - the basics

Will this program allow the user to access data more efficiently, or is it just another of the ill-conceived options that do not add anything new in the ability to work in Windows? To answer this question, we first need to understand what principle and scope ReadyBoost works on.

In theory, it allows users to use small packets of data more efficiently by converting external memory (e.g. flash drive, SD card) into cache memory. Potentially, then, it could be a useful method for more efficient processing of one of the types of data for which flash memory performs better than hard drives.

ReadyBoost - does it make sense?

Those expecting a radical acceleration of Windows from this feature are bound to be disappointed. The above explanations show that this feature has a relatively limited application and is by no means a panacea that will cure a slow-running computer. However, some users report that using it has helped them speed up system loading and the operation of some programs by up to a dozen percent.

There's no denying that a computer's RAM will do a better job of storing data - ReadyBoost can, at most, make it easier to read it when there are large shortages of the former. ReadyBoost will also be of no use to people whose computers do not have sufficiently fast ports. It's also worth remembering that this feature won't make much sense on SDD devices, but HDD users have a chance to see the difference.

How to enable Readyboost?

In order to use the ReadyBoost function using a flash drive, we must have a USB 3 port (USB 2 is also acceptable, but not recommended) and a flash drive with min. 1 GB of free space (example requirements given for Windows 10). In the case of a card, this will be 32 GB, and the card itself should be in NTFS format. It is possible, and even recommended, to use more than one pendrive or other external memory for this purpose.

To enable the program, we must first enable SuperFetch. To do this, in Windows 10 Task Manager, select the Processes tab - SuperFetch operation should be set to Automatic. Next, insert the selected external memory into the computer and open Windows Explorer. When we see the external memory on the left side, right-click to open the Menu, from which we select Properties. The ReadyBoost tab there contains the option "Dedicate this device to the ReadyBoost function" and recommendations for the amount of optimal memory needed for the function. We select this option and then OK. And that's it - ReadyBoost is working!

By Viktor Greenwood

I have been interested in IT since 2005, and I have been working in IT since 2010. I like to solve problems, and in my free time I like to run in the wilderness.

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