Tuesday Tech Tip – A faster Vista

Camilla Chafer Computers, Tech Tip 6 Comments

TTT%20Vista.JPGAre you ready for the Vista launch next month? Have you even thought about it? Although Vista is fast, sometimes a little extra speed is welcome and so the Windows ReadyBoost adds a little oomph. ReadyBoost works by using any USB 2.0 memory cards/drives etc as another cache alongside the space it already gets on your hard drive meaning it can be run just that bit faster.

Install the card or drive (512MB+), on the Autoplay dialogue box click ‘speed up my system’ and away you go. [via PC Top Tips]

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By Camilla Chafer | December 12th, 2006





  • http://gerph.org/ Gerph

    Ok, someone’s going to have to explain it to me… The maximum transfer speed that I’ve seen for a USB pendrive is around 30M/s. Most a far slower than that. The old PC from ’98 which I have here with an onboard IDE controller, and a modern HD gets 30M/s. One presumes if you’ve shelled out for Vista your HD and IDE controller can do better than that. USB access is dependant on the devices you have connected, so if there is more than one device on the bus you definitely going to be slowing the accesses down.

    I reckon, therefore that the best you can hope for is to get equal performance out of your USB device compared to the on board IDE, and in most cases you’ll be looking at poorer performance. And if it’s equal performance, why bother ?

  • Say

    goto wikipedia and search readyboost. it’ll explain why USB drive can still speed up your computer because it has faster random data access speed although it has slower sequential data access speed compared to HDD.

  • Say

    goto wikipedia and search readyboost. it’ll explain why USB drive can still speed up your computer because it has faster random data access speed although it has slower sequential data access speed compared to HDD.

  • http://www.vistaclues.com VistaMVP

    Instructions for setting up ReadyBoost:

    http://www.vistaclues.com/use-readyboost-to-speed-up-vista/

  • http://vistaclues.com VistaMVP

    Follow-up: I did performance testing with three computers and two flash drives. ReadyBoost offered big performance gains on an older laptop with a slow hard disk, but didn’t help on my newer computers with faster hard disks (makes sense).
    Details here:
    http://www.vistaclues.com/readyboost-performance-test/

  • http://www.shinyshiny.tv Camilla

    Thanks for all the comments with these tips and testing to help other readers out. You guys are great :-)