Windows 10: Readyboost

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  1.    17 Dec 2017 #1


    I've seen the Readyboost option on windows 7 with a usb drive.

    Is there a similar option that would allow me to use a spare internal 2tb HDD?

    Is it even possible to boost performance starting out with a freshly formatted Hard Drive I've no use for?
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       17 Dec 2017 #2

    ReadyBoost enables NAND memory mass storage devices, including CompactFlash, SD cards, and USB flash drives, to be used as a write cache between a hard drive and random access memory in an effort to increase computing performance. Physical disks cannot be used for this purpose, sorry.
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       17 Dec 2017 #3

    You could use a hard drive, but you wouldn't want to. The reason Microsoft spoke about using a flash drive is because it uses flash memory. ReadyBoost was a neat original Windows 7 feature, but not something that you should be using a 2TB hard drive for.
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  4.    17 Dec 2017 #4

    Well it's an empty drive not particularly fast. Not an SSHD as the other two are.

    Could there be alternative uses for it that may give me some kind of performance increase?
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       17 Dec 2017 #5

    I would put all my music, pictures on it so my OS drive wouldn't be scanning through them...
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  6.    17 Dec 2017 #6

    Those are on the second hard drive. The OS hard drive was split into 2 partitions. Out of 2tb, 500g is the OS and 1.5tb is for games.
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       17 Dec 2017 #7

    In you specs.

    Motherboard MSi 970A-G46
    Memory 32 gigs
    Graphics Card gtx 1080 FE
    With 32 gigs of ram I see no way ReadyBoost would help you.

    Please read. It will help you understand things better.

    ReadyBoost is a special disk cache service in Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 that uses fast removable devices, such as USB flash drives, Secure Digital and CompactFlash memory cards for speeding up smaller random disk reads. This can significantly improve Windows performance while many random small files are read frequently or when computer does not have sufficient amount of RAM (Random Access Memory). Traditional hard disk drives and hybrid hard drives (not SSD-s) are up to 80 times slower than removable devices in reading random small files. That's why you cannot use external hard drives for ReadyBoost - no real performance gain is possible.
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  8.    17 Dec 2017 #8

    I can't put my finger on it, my rig just doesn't seem as responsive as it used to. I know the simple solutions are get an SSD or fresh install and go from there but if there was some OTHER solution I would give that a try first.
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  9.    17 Dec 2017 #9

    ReadyBoost is a form of cache. A fundamental principle of any kind of cache is that it must be faster than the media being cached. A conventional drive, no matter how large, does not meet this requirement. A flash drive usually has slower transfer rate but has a much better seek time and thus it does qualify.

    However, with 32 GB RAM you have more than plenty of RAM for caching purposes and ReadyBoost would impair performance if it were used. ReadyBoost is primarily useful with limited RAM, 2 GB or less.

    Having 32 GB RAM in a system without an SSD is a waste. An SSD will do more for performance than anything else you could do. In most cases 8 GB RAM with an SSD would perform better.
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  10. Layback Bear's Avatar
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       17 Dec 2017 #10

    Yep, a ssd would do wonders.

    I have only used ssd's for the last 3 years or so.
    I like them so much I got 7 of them.

    Never go computing without ssd's.

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