using pen drive as extra RAM
September 24, 2008 10:26am CST
Hi everyone, I want to know if any of you have tried to increase the RAM only by inserting a pen drive. Share your comments with me because I need to increase the performance of my work's computer and I need extra memory but it could take months to the computer department approve my request. So, if you have tried this, witch software did you use? and can be used a mp3 player (ipod) to do it? Can be done with Windows XP?
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24 Sep 08
I agree it can't be used as RAM, by the true definition of RAM known to others, just to clarify it to other people. But it can be used for virtual memory pages that is an allocation of disk space to be used like RAM. In hard drives this is a pain in the butt and doesn't actually improves anything because read ans seek time in HDDs is slow. I even tested creating a 4gb virtual memory and it does nothing. But use a solid state disk which is faster and you'll get results. USB2.0 transfer is fast, and combined with a pretty big pendrive it is possible to create results from this. Just a clarification it is for the virtual RAM and not the RAM itself, so it is possible. Have a nice day.
26 Sep 08
Pen drive can use as RAM because it is also a memory device which holds the Data I believe even hard disk can also be used as RAM if possible because it is also a storage device but what the purpose of RAM is to access the primary memory as fast as possible so it is possible for the other devices to act as RAM
26 Sep 08
thanks for the comment nareshreddy68. I've heard that is a bad idea to use de pen drive as a extra memory, due to it's speed limitations.. I've tried a software called eboostr and somehow it does improve the system performance with the additional memory from the pen, but it's limited to 4 hours per day..
24 Sep 08
yes you can do it. in vista it's called "ready boost" it increased the virtual memory of your computer that results in increased performance. you can select how much of the space to use but that space cannot be then used for storing files. i know how it works in vista haven't tried on xp. will let you know if i come across it. thanks for sharing
1 Nov 08
I have heard about it long time back that we can use pen drives for increasing our RAM but dont know how to do it......Be carefull if you want to increase your RAM at work using pen drive because they install some software on all the systems at work so that they wont be able to use usb drives and any other devices connecting to usb ports....suppose..if you insert pen drive then it will display an alert message on the screen....it wont go till the administrator puts in the administrator password...