Since its inception in Windows Vista, Ready Boost has been touted as an easy way to boost your computer’s performance without having to invest in more hardware. But how does it work? And does it still work well in Windows 10? To help you make that decision, we’ve put together this handy guide on Ready Boost, what it is, and whether or not you should use it.
What is Ready Boost?
Ready Boost is a disk caching program that was first introduced with Windows Vista. It allows you to use a USB flash drive or SD card to improve your computer’s performance. The idea is that by using a faster storage device, Ready Boost can speed up access to files that are frequently used by the operating system. Microsoft has improved this technology over time and most modern versions of Windows have built-in support for ReadyBoost. In Windows 10, there is no way to configure ReadyBoost from within the operating system.
Instead, you need to open Device Manager on your PC and update the driver for a portable device if you want it to be compatible with ReadyBoost. If not, then there will be no icon next to any removable devices when they’re plugged into your PC.
How does Windows 10 affect this?
Windows 10 includes a number of improvements over previous versions of the operating system, and ReadyBoost is one feature that has been enhanced. ReadyBoost still allows you to use a USB flash drive to improve your system’s performance, but there are a few things you should know before using it. First, the speed at which ReadyBoost works will depend on how fast your USB flash drive is. Second, any device plugged into a computer can interfere with its operation so make sure you’re only using one at a time if possible.
Third, running out of space on your USB device can cause problems with this service as well so try to keep an eye on what’s happening on your device and clear off any old files if necessary. Finally, you’ll need to be careful about when and where you plug in your USB flash drive; don’t plug it into another computer while your own is powered up or else data might get lost.
Can you use both USB flash drives and SD cards with ReadyBoost?
Yes, you can use both USB flash drives and SD cards with ReadyBoost in Windows 10. However, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, not all devices are compatible with ReadyBoost. Second, ReadyBoost can only speed up your computer if you have enough extra space on the device. And finally, ReadyBoost will only work if your computer meets the minimum system requirements. First, some ReadyBoost-compatible devices require that you format them before using them for this purpose.
Second, for optimal performance when using a USB flash drive or SD card as a storage medium for ReadyBoost, you should have at least 256 MB of free space on the device. You should also connect your device directly to your PC instead of plugging it into an external power source or hub since this could impact performance.
How do I set up and use ReadyBoost?
To set up ReadyBoost, you’ll need a USB flash drive that’s at least 256MB in size. The drive must also be formatted using the FAT32 file system. Once you’ve got a compatible drive, just plug it into your PC and follow the on-screen instructions. If the drive is already plugged in, open Settings > System > Storage > This PC > Devices > Removable Device. You can then select your flash drive and use its slider to configure how much space will be used for ReadyBoost.
Keep in mind that this slider won’t affect the space used by anything else stored on the device — it only sets aside a certain amount of space for optimizing performance when your computer needs to read from or write to disk.