Improve system performance by using a thumb drive or media card and the ReadyBoost utility.
- [Instructor] One of the better things to come from Windows Vista was a tool called ReadyBoost. It's a combination of hardware and software that can improve your computer's performance. All you need to do is sacrifice a media card or a thumb drive to put a little pep into your PC. In this movie, I cover the ReadyBoost tool. It's a form of disk cache that can improve file access and performance on some computers. To make ReadyBoost work, you need a dedicated media card or a thumb drive. It must have at least 256 megabytes of storage, but it can go up to 32 gigabytes.
The higher the capacity, the more boost you get from ReadyBoost. The reason I say dedicated is that ReadyBoost should really be the only thing using the media card or thumb drive. Don't use it for storage, and plan on keeping it attached to your PC. When you have the proper hardware, insert it into the PC, adding the media card to a media slot, or inserting the thumb drive into a USB slot. If you're using a USB 3.0 thumb drive, ensure that it's attached to a USB 3.0 port.
These ports are color coded blue. As a tip, use one of the PC's rear USB ports so that you avoid the temptation to remove the thumb drive, or that it doesn't get knocked out accidentally. Finally, ReadyBoost works best on computers with hard drives. If your system has a solid state drive, or SSD, then you won't see any performance improvement. In fact the computer may even tell you that ReadyBoost will not function on that system. You can activate ReadyBoost from the AutoPlay notification that appears when you first connect the drive, or you can follow these steps.
Press the Windows + E key combination to summon a File Explorer window. Choose This PC from the navigation pane. Right-click on the thumb drive's icon or title, and choose Properties. Here is drive E's Properties dialog box. It's a USB thumb drive, and it has a capacity of, well it says 16 gigabytes, but you always get fewer gigabytes than that. It's perfect for ReadyBoost. You see the ReadyBoost tab. Click the tab. Now it may take a few moments for Windows to examine the media.
It's confirming that space is available on the drive, and it might also check the access speed. If the thumb drive is incompatible, or the primary storage device is an SSD, you cannot use ReadyBoost, and it'll tell you right on that tab. Choose the option Dedicate This Device to ReadyBoost. That way, all the drive's storage is allocated toward speeding up your PC. Click OK. Your computer may show a red bar in the drive's tile. That's okay, it simply indicates that the drive is full. Its full capacity is being used by ReadyBoost to improve file access, and system performance.
That's what you want. Here, less of the drive is being used, but it's still improving performance. At this point, you just ignore the drive. You continue to use your computer. As with all speed improvement techniques, it may not feel like you've attached a rocket pack to the system. The performance improvement may be subtle. ReadyBoost keeps working as long as the drive is inserted. It's reactivated when you restart the computer, so you're pretty much done at this point. To deactivate ReadyBoost, right-click the drive again in the This PC window, and choose Properties.
Click the ReadyBoost tab, and choose Do Not use this device. Click OK, and you get the drive back for use as anything else. Now according to the Windows documentation, you can have up to eight ReadyBoost drives attached to your PC. Each one can allocate up to 32 gigabytes of storage for ReadyBoost. That yields a maximum of 256 gigabytes of storage for performance enhancement.
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