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Old 21-09-2007, 09:07 PM   #1
sebbelcher
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Swap file on USB flash drive?

I have read a few articles about ReadyBoost not giving much of a performance
gain on systems with large amounts of RAM, I'm not sure of the internal
workings of ReadyBoost but my 2GB system still frequently uses the swap-file.
So, would it create a greater performance increase to install the USB flash
device as a drive and then force windows to use this device and this device
alone for swap-file data?

Obviously the main concern here would be stability if the drive was removed
mid-session, which would obviously be disastrous, but I have a USB2.0 PCI
card which has an internal (as in on the card but inside the case) USB port,
using this I could be as sure of the USB stick staying connected as I could
of my graphics card not falling out.

Any thoughts on this before I give it a go?

On this tack, how long is it going to be before motherboard manufacturers
start either including flash-memory chips on their boards, or provide a
dedicated on-board USB port for flash drives?
 
Old 21-09-2007, 09:09 PM   #2
JW
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Re: Swap file on USB flash drive?

Certainly the more memory a system has the less it may need to use its swap
drive.
Ready Boost gives a real performance gain on my 2 1GB Vista systems.
My Vista laptop has a built in flash card slot which is where my Ready Boost
chip is and since the chip does not stick out I have no worries. My desktop
has USB ports on the back and that is where my USB ready boost flash drive
is.
"sebbelcher" <sebbelcher@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:CE7F25C2-49E7-4C9B-8860-F7238FDDEB01@microsoft.com...
>I have read a few articles about ReadyBoost not giving much of a
>performance
> gain on systems with large amounts of RAM, I'm not sure of the internal
> workings of ReadyBoost but my 2GB system still frequently uses the
> swap-file.
> So, would it create a greater performance increase to install the USB
> flash
> device as a drive and then force windows to use this device and this
> device
> alone for swap-file data?
>
> Obviously the main concern here would be stability if the drive was
> removed
> mid-session, which would obviously be disastrous, but I have a USB2.0 PCI
> card which has an internal (as in on the card but inside the case) USB
> port,
> using this I could be as sure of the USB stick staying connected as I
> could
> of my graphics card not falling out.
>
> Any thoughts on this before I give it a go?
>
> On this tack, how long is it going to be before motherboard manufacturers
> start either including flash-memory chips on their boards, or provide a
> dedicated on-board USB port for flash drives?


 
 

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