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Vista's Readyboost

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I want to give some info here about Vista's ReadyBoost (RB).

I have been receiving e-mails asking why some people cannot see the ReadyBoost Tab when they insert their FlashDrive and try setting up the ReadyBoost feature on there systems.

Not all FlashDrives are compatible with using Vista's ReadyBoost Feature. You must check the manufactures Website to check the specks on your FlashDrive and to see if it is compatible.

Many new and top name distributors are making two almost identical drives. One that is capable of using RB. And one just slightly less in cost that does not support RB. If your FlashDrive does not show the ReadyBoost Tab. Then your Drive is not RB compatible.

Sorry. There is nothing that can be done to change this. You must buy a FlashDrive that is RB compatible.


ReadyBoost is a Vista feature that uses a compatible USB flash device to enhance performance.

Note that the oft-misunderstood feature isn't a replacement for a memory upgrade, and it doesn't affect game performance — you won't see higher frame rates by adding a Flash Drive to your system.

ReadyBoost caches disk reads on the fly and can often speed up data access. Reads from a USB key or other ReadyBoost device are much faster than random reads from a platter on the hard drive.

ReadyBoost data is encrypted, so if someone swipes the flash device he or she can't tell what you've been up to. It's secure, and it really does speed up access in certain instances.

To enable ReadyBoost, just plug in a flash device. (Microsoft recommends one about the same size as your system's main memory. For instance, if you have 1GB of RAM, grab a 1GB ReadyBoost device.) - you must have a RD compatible drive

The system will automatically detect the drive and offer to use it either as an external drive or as a ReadyBoost drive. Simply choose the latter, and a window will appear.

You can change the amount of memory on the device is used for speed. Windows will recommend the amount it can use with the most efficiency. Click "OK" and you're done.

Adding a ReadyBoost drive isn't like doubling your system's memory, but the performance benefits are well worth the price of a USB flash device.

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If you have the spare slots. No. You can use more then one drive for ReadyBoost.

Also, If you have spare pins on your motherboard for adding one or more USB slots to your PC. You can get special drives that will plug right onto the motherboard pins.

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If you have a Flash Drive that is ReadyBoost Compatible.

And you get a message about your drive not meeting performance specs. Down at the bottom of the ReadyBoost window you will see a check box that is checked by default saying it will "test this device at startup".

Uncheck this box and Vista will then recognize your drive and utilize it as a ReadyBoost drive.

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