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PC World is reporting that your wonderful ReadyBoost drive doesn't boost your performance all that much in Vista. Sadly, that is my experience also.  Yes, I finally got my new laptop and it's running 64-bit Vista Business.  I haven't prepared a report on it yet, but that will be coming in the (relatively) near future.

They sum up perfectly how ReadyBoost is supposed to work here:

The premise is this: Although writing data to and reading it from a flash drive is in most cases slower than writing and reading to a hard drive, if the data is scattered randomly in small chunks, then flash drives are faster. Vista's ReadyBoost is supposed to use that one speed advantage to create a faster, flash drive-based cache of one of Windows' major bottlenecks--the swap file on your hard drive that most Windows operations use. So ReadyBoost should theoretically speed up certain frequently performed Windows tasks such as loading programs.

And here are the results:

We learned that ReadyBoost does shorten the time it takes to load frequently used programs--but not by much. The Lexar drive cut application load times by an average of 6 percent on our notebook and desktop PCs. Overall, we clocked launch-speed improvements of 4 to 6 percent. Without a stopwatch, you likely wouldn't notice the increase.

Not good. Posted on Friday, May 18, 2007 8:10 AM Microsoft OS | Back to top

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