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Vista ReadyBoost: A look at the numbers

Last month when I was at CES, I was handed a big green box on the way out of the Microsoft Press Tent. I almost didn't take it, but I'm glad I did. Along with a full copy of Legos Star Wars, there were some other goodies in the box including a 2GB flash drive with "Enhanced for ReadyBoost" printed on the back. I had seen the term before when plugging in other USB drives to Vista, but I wasn't sure what it was - this is a feature you need to know about. ReadyBoost and SuperFetch are ways to use the fast read speed on a thumb drive rather than the slower read speed of a mechanical hard drive.

I put my laptop into sleep often and what ReadyBoost means for me is that it pops back on in 2 or 3 seconds, much faster than waiting for the hard drives to spin up. It also means Outlook starts in 2 seconds. This is one of my favorite Vista features. Not every USB drive will work for ReadyBoost, it has to be a moderately fast drive.  TG Daily did a thorough write-up on SuperFetch and ReadyBoost today, including charts and numbers.

Update: Check out the new ASUS Vista-specific motherboards with built-in ReadyBoost memory and an external Windows SideShow device.

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  • Lord ZimbuLord Zimbu

    Would be interesting with 16 gigs rather than just 2.

    A system that's idling at 800-1.2 gigs of RAM could show how ReadyBoost might be useful, but a system running media and application simultaneously demands much more than just 2 gigs.

  • Lord ZimbuLord Zimbu

    Would be interesting with 16 gigs rather than just 2.

    A system that's idling at 800-1.2 gigs of RAM could show how ReadyBoost might be useful, but a system running media and application simultaneously demands much more than just 2 gigs.

  • TinaIsHotTinaIsHot

    Putting your laptop to sleep should have nothing to do with the HDD, and likewise, neither should bringing it out of sleep.  I think the only reason you hear the HDD click a little is loading a few small things to reactivate devices, and I doubt that Readyboost would help that much.  IMHO, if Microsoft did their job correctly, any files that are needed to resume the computer should be loaded into RAM *before* putting it to sleep.

    As for hibernate, that should just be reading one large sequential file off the HDD (again, if Microsoft did their job), a procedure in which the HDD will blow the flash drive out of the water as far as speed is concerned.

  • TinaIsHotTinaIsHot

    Putting your laptop to sleep should have nothing to do with the HDD, and likewise, neither should bringing it out of sleep.  I think the only reason you hear the HDD click a little is loading a few small things to reactivate devices, and I doubt that Readyboost would help that much.  IMHO, if Microsoft did their job correctly, any files that are needed to resume the computer should be loaded into RAM *before* putting it to sleep.

    As for hibernate, that should just be reading one large sequential file off the HDD (again, if Microsoft did their job), a procedure in which the HDD will blow the flash drive out of the water as far as speed is concerned.

  • TinaIsHotTinaIsHot

    Hmm, I meant to reply to the main article...

    BTW, the damn +Add post to submit the comment is still not visible.  Vista, IE7.  I have to drop into fullscreen to see the button to submit the comment.

  • TinaIsHotTinaIsHot

    Hmm, I meant to reply to the main article...

    BTW, the damn +Add post to submit the comment is still not visible.  Vista, IE7.  I have to drop into fullscreen to see the button to submit the comment.

  • TinaIsHotTinaIsHot

    Of course, I new I was missing one important fact.  My resolution is 1024x768.

  • TinaIsHotTinaIsHot

    Of course, I new I was missing one important fact.  My resolution is 1024x768.

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