ReadyBoost concept was introduced for the first time when Window Vista was in the market. The same concept dwelled its path in an advanced mode to Windows 7 too. But first of all, what is Readyboost and what is it meant for? I think that everybody must know this before going into features and utility.
ReadyBoost is actually a method to increase system cache by using external high speed storage devices like USB drives, Micro SD cards, Mini SD cards, etc. According to Wikipedia:
ReadyBoost is also used to facilitate SuperFetch, which allows it to perform analysis of boot-time disk usage patterns and creates a cache which is used in subsequent system boots.
Configuring ReadyBoost in Windows 7
Now that you have understood the basic concept of ReadyBoost, we will try to configure ReadyBoost in Windows 7. First of all you must know that the external storage device which you are going to use for this purpose must have at least 256 MB (250 MB after Formatting) space. Windows Vista users can only extend up to 4 GB but this restriction has been removed for Windows 7 users. Windows 7 gives the opportunity to use up to eight devices for a maximum storage of 256 GB. Now the process to configure it:
- Plug in your external storage device. In this case we are using 8 GB USB Flash drive.
- Open “Computer” and right click on the removable disk icon (icon showing your pen drive) and go to Properties.
- Click on “ReadyBoost” tab when the properties of your removable disk open.
- Check the option for “Use this device”.
- Set the space according which you wish to reserve for system speed.
- Click “Apply”. A small dialogue box will appear showing the progress.
This is how you can setup any kind of high speed storage device as ReadyBoost for your Windows 7. You will not be able to save any data in your removable disk i.e. Pen drive/USB/Flash drive or any other Memory Card because the space is being used by Windows for system speed. Do it now and make system working fast than earlier.