Turn a USB Flash Drive into Extra Virtual RAM

Use pen drive as RAM in Windows

For Windows XP, you need to use programs like ebooster. For Windows Vista and above (Vista, Windows 7, 8 and 10), you can use the inbuilt ReadyBoost feature.

When you insert your pen drive into the computer, you’ll see an AutoPlay dialog box if you have not disabled AutoPlay.

Just click on the

Just click on the “Speed up my system” button and windows will start a series of tests to check if your drive is capable of being added as a RAM extension. Your pen drive needs to have –

  • At least 256MB in size, with at least 64KB of free space.
  • At least a 2.5MB/sec throughput for 4KB random reads.
  • At least a 1.75MB/sec throughput for 1MB random writes.

If these specifications look alien code to you, don’t worry – just use a USB 2 or higher pen drive and you will be fine.

If the device is compatible, you can select the “Use This Device” or the “Dedicate This Device to ReadyBoost” option to enable ReadyBoost and specify how much space you want to make available to the disk cache. Using the “Dedicate this device” is recommended to avoid accidental deletion of anything in the RAM portion of the pen drive.

Even if you have disabled AutoPlay, you can access

Even if you have disabled AutoPlay, you can access ReadyBoost from the right click context menu of your USB drive.

A cool feature of ReadyBoost is that all the data written to the pen drive is also mirrored on to the hard disk as well. That means even if you accidentally remove the pen drive, Windows will just continue with the data from your hard-disk. Although this will make the computer slower, it makes sure your computer doesn’t hang up on you.

Also, the cache data written to your pen drive is encrypted using the AES 128 standard. So you don’t have to worry about someone stealing any data from the cache written into your pen drive.

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  • Apps that require a certain amount of RAM to run (including most games) will not recognize your new virtual RAM as actual RAM. You will still need to add RAM to your computer if you want to use an app that requires more RAM than what is installed.

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  • To disable ReadyBoost in the future, right-click the drive in File Explorer, select Properties, choose ReadyBoost, and then choose Do not use this device.

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Method 2: Use USB as RAM with ReadyBoost Feature

Alternatively, you can also use USB as RAM by employing ReadyBoost.

ReadyBoost (codename EMD) is a disk caching software component developed by Microsoft, provided in Windows Vista and later versions of Windows. It allows NAND memory mass storage devices like USB flash drive to be used as a memory cache to improve computing performance.

Note: There is no need to use ReadyBoost feature on the computer running an SSD, as it is already fast enough to outperform the USB drive.

You may wonder how to make it. Just do as the following tutorial shows.

Step 1: Keep your USB flash drive connected with your computer.

Step 2: Double-click This PC icon to open File Explorer.

Step 3: Right-click your USB drive and choose Properties.

Step 4: Under ReadyBoost tab, check Use this device and move the slider to reserve space for the ReadyBoost feature as your needs. If you won’t use this USB drive for any other purposes, you can check Dedicate this device to ReadyBoost.

Step 5: Click Apply and OK button to save the changes.

Note: If you don’t want to use this ReadyBoost USB any more, just check Do not use this device and save the change.

After that, you can restart your Windows to take effect the changes.

Step 3: Settings!

Delete all the stuff on the flash drive. Check for hidden files.Right click on My Computer, and go to Properties. Once there, click on Advanced and go to the system output’s Settings.

3 Comments

MarkkusT

6 years ago

How is Windows supposed to see this as RAM. There is nothing telling Windows that it should be treated as RAM.

Great way to make use of all those Flash drives that everyone has lying around.

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