Random purchase of the day.

Bought my self a new Laptop hard drive today; a 500Gb hybrid drive :)
I couldn’t cope with the 5400 RPM 250Gb anymore but I don’t have the money for a decent sized full SSD and thus the compromise was born.

Once this is installed, I’m going to be modding a thumb drive on the inside of my laptop into the dodgy usb port and using it for Windows Readyboost. (Pics will be uploaded when this happens)

This is all towards to efforts of speeding up boot times using Windows 7 as the wait is just too much.

Although it sounds more like a ray gun in a videogame, ReadyBoost is an often overlooked performance feature within Windows Vista and 7. It’s designed to improve PCs’ speed and responsiveness. Let’s talk about if it’s right for you, how you can enable it, and how much of a performance gain you can expect to see using it.

Readyboost

Hey everyone! I’m writing this quickly on Wednesday morning, but IDK when it will be up because I’m just typing it up as a nice short post to stick in somewhere in the upcoming crazy weekend (see last post. also, I forgot to add in the last post that I have Friday off, but will still probably be out doing something). That way if I need something new to post, this can be a nice throw in! Today I will be discussing Readyboost. Like other things I’ve talked about, you may have heard about this, and you may be thinking, “when are you going to talk about more advanced, in-depth, mind warping stuff?” That’s a valid question. I will be getting into some stuff like installing Linux in the future. But those posts take more time to make and are harder to explain. But rest assured I will get into some much more exciting stuff soon. I’m planning a detailed explanation of internal computer hardware sometime soon (might expect the first part this week), so at least that will be somewhat more in-depth. Anyways, onto the mini-lesson.

With windows Vista a cool new feature was introduced (an innovation in Vista? no way…) that allowed you to plug in a USB flash drive and run it as “external RAM” or extra external cache. It was called Readyboost (duh) and in Windows 7 it was improved. The Microsoft page about it says that Windows 7 Readyboost can use up to 8 USB devices totaling 256 GB. However, I remember hearing you can only use 1 device from 256 MB to 4 GB. I think that it may have been upgraded from that to the specs on MS’s page since then. The flash drive must “be able to do 3.5 MB/s for 4 KB random reads uniformly across the entire device and 2.5 MB/s for 512 KB random writes uniformly across the device and has to have at least 64mb of free space” (that’s from a page I found in my research). Those stats may be wrong, so it would be good to double check them. In the mean time, stick a USB flash device in your rig and test it! Go to my computer>right click>properties>Readyboost tab. it will then run a quick test to see if you can use the device for Readyboost. If it is usable for this purpose, you will get three options: “Do not use for Readyboost,” “Use for Readyboost,” and “Dedicate to Readyboost”. “Use for Readyboost” lets you choose how much space on it is used  for the cache file that will be put on it. “Dedicate” automatically fills all the remaining space with the file.


Pick your setting and click ok. Now, of course flash drives wont be as fast as true RAM, so if you want to build a fast editing rig or something and got the idea “oh, now I can just buy a gazillion USB sticks and have dirt-cheap RAM,” forget it. These drives are no substitute for RAM. However, they are blazing fast compared to the HDD’s SWAP file (it’s a file the HDD puts cached data on instead of the RAM if the RAM happens to get full. If it needs to be used then your whole system will slow down a lot because instead of using only the RAM, which has several connecting pins right on the motherboard and can send/recieve data electronically whenever necissary, you have to wait for the HDD to finish spinning to the bit of data it needs. the spinning action is much slower than the electronic signals in the RAM. As you may have guessed, RAM is faster than flash drives because flash drives have only 4 connectors and RAM has many more. that’s probably not all competely accurate, but you get the idea). However, Readyboost drives are great for a computer with low RAM trying to run a large program. For example, I use mine to run 3ds Max. I’ll have to run some tests to get exact preformance improvements, but I find it helps a lot.

And that’s it for this post! Just a quick note, if you need to take the flash drive out, don’t worry. The HDD saves a copy of the cache file and just loads it into the RAM of SWAP file if you yank it out. The cache file will stay on the drive. You can delete it, but if you plug it into the same computer again it will just erase the old cache file and start a new one. You do not need to set it as Readyboost each time; it will save your Readyboost preferences and automatically set it up again once you plug it back in. Thanks for reading. Enjoy!
USB Flash Drive as RAM: System Performance with ReadyBoost

You’ll need at least 1GB of free space to speed up your computer. In some cases, it’s recommended that you have your flash drive completely clear of any files at all so it can be dedicated to your computer’s performance. However as a general rule of thumb, the flash drive storage allotted for use should be no more than triple the RAM of your computer.

Amplify’d from blog.premiumusb.com

 

See this Amp at http://amplify.com/u/a13whs

Minecraft kept running out of memory, which is an inconvenience I can deal with, until I’m doing really really good at a game and then it runs out of memory.

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So I used three USB drives and ReadyBoost to give myself an additional 5.8 GB. Let’s see it run out of memory now.

पेन ड्राइव को रैम की तरह प्रयोग करें (Use USB as RAM)


eBoostr ™, पेनड्राइव द्वारा आपके अपने कम्प्यूटर की गति को बढ़ाने के लिए एक वैकल्पिक समाधान है और जो SuperFetch प्रौद्योगिकियों को ReadyBoost के रूप में काम करने के लिए फ़्लैश मेमोरी का उपयोग करता है। एक बहुत ही उन्नत और उपयोगी औजार है।

यह आपके PC की गति और प्रदर्शन क्षमता बढ़ाने के लिए एक अतिरिक्त परत के रूप में फ़्लैश मेमोरी और मुक्त रैम का प्रयोग करता है जिससे आपके PC के लिए कैश मेमोरी में बढ़त होती है। अधिकतम चार सस्ती पेन ड्राइव आपके कम्प्यूटर की गति को आश्चर्य जनक रूप से तीव्र बना देंगी और आपको मँहगी RAM नहीं ख़रीदनी पड़ेगी।

प्रमुख गुण:
  • Vista ReadyBoost है और SuperFetch लाभ अब आपके Windows XP PC पर;
  • अधिक तेज़ कम्प्यूटर और अधिक प्रयोग किए जा रहे साफ्टवेयर के लिए फाइलों की कैशिंग;
  • दोनों USB और Non-USB (हटाये जा सकने वाले मीडिया उपकरणों (CF, एसडी / SDHC, MMC,और अन्य मेमोरी कार्ड का) के साथ उपयोग में लाया जा सकता है, साथ ही साथ अतिरिक्त हार्ड डिस्क(xD) के साथ भी काम करता है;
  • अधिकम 4 USBs के साथ स्मार्ट कैशिंग की अनुमति देता है;
  • HD के फाइल सिस्ट्म का कैशिंग आकार 4GB तक हो सकता है; NTFS आकार पर कोई सीमा नहीं है
  • सभी “ReadyBoost” उपकरणों के साथ काम करता है यानि ‘Enhanced for ReadyBoost’ को support करता है

अधिक जानकारी के लिए और साफ्टवेयर डाउनलोड करने के लिए नीचे दिए जा रहे पते पर क्लिक करें।

अधिक जानकारी: http://www.eboostr.com/
साफ्टवेयर डाउनलोड करें: http://www.eboostr.com/download

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Window's Readyboost

Readyboost is a feature that was released by Windows with their release of Vista. Windows then improved on the feature and released it in Windows 7. What it does is use a removable media like a flash drive or sd card as extra ram for the computer. You can select the device to be used and the amount of space for it to use in the properties of the device. It then uses this space as extra ram but not as direct ram. Readyboost tries to make the number of writes to the removable drive as minimum as it can so that the device lasts longer. Ram is superior to Readyboost so if you had a choice, add more ram.

For Readyboost to show any positive effect on your machine you need 2 things. A low amount of ram and a high class sd card. Having loads of ram already on your computer makes readyboost rather useless and in some cases slow your computer down. That’s because ram is superior when it comes to fast access. Try eBoostr instead if you are looking for a speed increase. A high class sd card is needed because of the fast access to the card. You can still use a flash drive, but you will get better results with a high class sd card instead.

One major downside to Readyboost is that your removable device can and will be rendered useless after a period of time. Removable devices can only have but so many writes to it before none of the storage space is useable again. Even your computers hard drive has its limit. Since Readyboost is writing to your removable device often, the device will eventually fail. Its the difference of sending files to it a few or more times a day versus sending files to it once ever day or so.

Readyboost is a handy feature if you can’t add more ram like with netbooks or if you are tight on money and need a quick fix. Otherwise, just buy more ram.

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