Add RAM to your computer in less than five seconds! You don’t even have to open the case to add more RAM to your computer and give it a boost. RAM is an acronym for Random Access Memory – and more than anything else inside your computer, RAM can make your computer blazingly fast (if you have enough) or annoyingly slow (if you don’t have enough).
Did you know that adding that extra UMPH! to your computer by adding more RAM can be done just by plugging in a ReadyBoost enabled USB flash drive? A ReadyBoost enabled USB flash drive can be used as extra RAM on your Vista and Windows 7 computer to increase your system speed dramatically! While it is very easy to do, keep in mind that even if you have auto-run enabled for external devices, you will still probably have to manually enable ReadyBoost. Keep in mind that only high-speed ReadyBoost drives will work – and not all USB Flash Drives are ReadyBoost capable. You can only use ReadyBoost if you’re using Windows Vista or Windows 7 … just to make that clear.
Here is a short tutorial:
Step I: Insert the USB, open My Computer, then right click on the drive letter that corresponds with the USB.
Step II: Choose Properties from the dropdown menu as shown in this screenshot
Step III: When you choose Properties, a new window will open. Choose the ReadyBoost tab as shown below. If you do not see this tab, then the USB you have inserted is not ReadyBoost compatible.
Step IV: You can choose to dedicate the entire USB to ReadyBoost, or a percent of the free space on the USB. If you have an extra USB we suggest you plug it into a port on the back of your PC, set it to “Dedicate this device to ReadyBoost” and just leave it there all the time.
If you only want to dedicate part of it for ReadyBoost, click the “use this device” option. Then, using the slider, decide how much space you want to use for ReadyBoost. This is a good option if you just want a temporary boost in RAM to complete a project or for a particular session.
Keep in mind that space reserved for ReadyBoost cannot be used to store files. Also, once you choose to use a USB for ReadyBoost, you can change your mind easily and go back to storing files on it.
This article was written for Windows 7. ReadyBoost is still available on Windows 10. Keep in mind ReadyBoost does not actually add more RAM to your computer. And if you’re using a SSD (Solid State Drive) ReadyBoost is not available since your SSD is faster than a USB flash drive.
If you want to use ReadyBoost in Windows 10, do this:
- Insert the flash drive
- In “This PC” right-click on the flash drive you inserted.
- Choose “Properties”
- Click on the ReadyBoost tab
- Set up ReadyBoost
- Click Apply / OK
Not all USB Flash Drives can be use as ReadyBoost. And remember, adding 4 GB of ReadyBoost memory is not the same (nor even close) to adding 4 GB of physical RAM.