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does readyboost work?

bowlofturtle 382 43 August 15, 2015 at 01:10 AM
well does it work well enough?

I have a old dell win7 32bit, 4gb ram is max this dell takes. 2x2gb.

I have some usb flash drives that i can dedicate to readyboost. Just wondering if its worth my time.


I do a lot of web surfing and MS office. dual moniter setup so i'm normally having many windows open, I think the extra ram can help me.

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4gb of ram already?

does readyboost even activate? I thought it said that you didn't need it and your system is fast enough.
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Quote from bowlofturtle View Post :
well does it work well enough?

I have a old dell win7 32bit, 4gb ram is max this dell takes. 2x2gb.

I have some usb flash drives that i can dedicate to readyboost. Just wondering if its worth my time.


I do a lot of web surfing and MS office. dual moniter setup so i'm normally having many windows open, I think the extra ram can help me.
ReadyBoost improves hard drive performance by caching files to flash drives, so it doesn't really give you more RAM. If you're regularly running out of memory, your system will have very little RAM to dedicate to disk cache, so you could see some improvement, but I'm not sure it would be worth your time. if you have an SSD, it's really not worth your time because an SSD is faster than a USB thumb drive.

If you're running out of memory due to too many tabs/windows being open, take a look at browser extensions that suspend unused tabs such as The Great Suspender (https://chrome.google.com/webstor...nakg?hl=en) for Chrome (although, Chrome probably isn't the browser you want to be using if you're low on memory).
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I dont have an SSD.

I find running chrome, excel and running a game emulator to be lagging. Its switching between the programs that have lag. I look at my resource monitor and seem my RAM and CPU usage both at +90%
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Old flash drives aren't likely to be that fast, they may even be slower than your hard drive. Newer flash drives/sd cards will be faster. SSDs are even faster.
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I dont have an SSD.

I find running chrome, excel and running a game emulator to be lagging. Its switching between the programs that have lag. I look at my resource monitor and seem my RAM and CPU usage both at +90%
CPU usage at 90% at the time is not right. Something is wrong.
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do a clean install of windows after saving your stuff or move up to windows 10 do clean install
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do a clean install of windows after saving your stuff or move up to windows 10 do clean install
Nevermind, completely replied to the wrong thread here.
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CPU usage at 90% at the time is not right. Something is wrong.
Thats when everything is up and running. MS office, Chrome with about 10-12 tabs, internet explorer with like 3 tabs and sometimes i use bluestacks (android emulator).

When i have everything up and running 90% CPU and 89% Ram. I've been playing around with resources and found Dropbox to seem to be a memory hog. Ive also disabled all my chrome extensions (mainly ad-block, chromecast, gmail). I've found ram usage has drop to 70% and CPU to about 65%. Chrome moves a lot faster with extensions disabled and i haven't seen any ads.


I am considering dropping in a 250gb SSD and doing a fresh install on win7
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