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How to use your pen drive as RAM

How to use your pen drive as RAM

Did you know you can use an old USB drive instead of an expensive RAM to boost speeds on your computer? And it doesn’t take much effort either.

If your PC has been slowing down with use and you’re looking for a not-too-expensive way to boost speeds, you can use a USB drive as a RAM module. It is inexpensive – RAM chips can cost as much as Rs2,000 for a 2GB module – and you can set it up fairly easily on your Windows PC. Note, though, that using a USB drive to boost your PC’s speed might not always be desirable, and in some instances may even slow it down further.

Windows XP

  • Right click on My Computer and click on Properties
  • Select the Advanced tab
  • Under Performance, click on the Settings button
  • A Performance Options dialogue box will open
  • Click on the Advanced tab, and under Virtual memory click on the Change button
  • Select your USB drive, and in the boxes alongside Initial size and Maximum size enter the amount of free MB on your USB drive
  • Restart your PC

Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8

  • Insert your USB drive and format it
  • Right click on your USB drive and click on Properties
  • Select the ReadyBoost tab and click on Use this device
  • Drag the slider to the maximum space of the USB drive
  • Click on OK

Note: If you don’t see the ReadyBoost tab under Properties, it means the type of USB is not supported for use as RAM

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