[TA Explains] What Is ReadyBoost And Does It Worth Using?

You might already be aware of ReadyBoost feature which was introduced by Microsoft back in Windows Vista, many says it will make your system fast, some says it wont make any change.

Today we will try to explore this feature and try to find out does it worth using ReadyBoost or not.


What is ReadyBoost ?

First thing first, do you exactly know what is ReadyBoost. Whenever you insert any USB drive you will see this option, even in Windows 8.

Actually ReadyBoost is something like SuperFetch, now you will ask what the hell SuperFetch is?? Actually whenever you start any program then Windows monitors it and loads its library files into your RAM or memory so that next time that app can start faster as your computer will read it from your memory not from disk.


So reading from your disk is slower than reading from memory. As SuperFetch uses your RAM to store catch files it grab space there too, SuperCatch can work with USB drives too and that’s ReadyBoost.

Is ReadyBoost helpful?

Well it depends on your computer’s RAM. Storing catch on your RAM and reading it from there is fast as compared with USB sticks as USB drives are slower than RAM. So its always a good idea to store files on your RAM than on USB.

ReadyBoost only helps if you have less RAM, say 512 MB. But nowadays most of the computers comes with several gigabits RAMs or if not then you can get it upgraded.

When Should I Use ReadyBoost?

If you have enough RAM then you don’t need to use ReadyBoost or even if you use then you wont feel any change, if you don’t have enough RAM and you don’t wanna upgrade and have an USB laying around then you can use ReadyBoost.

But there is another catch, not any USB can work with ReadyBoost, if you have an old USB then it must be slower one and might not work with ReadyBoost or even worked then you may not see any noticeable changes.

Closing Words

ReadyBoost is not useful if you have enough RAM, but if you have small amount or RAM, say 512 MB and have an extra fast USB then you can use it. But don’t expect anything bigger.

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