How to use a Flash Drive as RAM

Hello, the title should explain what will be covered here. This tutorial assumes you know how to insert a flash drive, and know the basics of your operating system. If you are an experienced computer user, you shouldn’t even have to bother looking at the images. There is a tutorial for Windows XP after Windows 7 in case anybody still has it.


Windows 7

This should be a breeze. In case you were wondering, I don’t think it matters how much memory your flash drive can hold as long as it has some space. First off, insert your flash drive into your computer. A window should pop up asking you what you would like to do with your flash drive. Click the “Speed up my system” option.

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OK, now that you are in the ReadyBoost tab, select “Use this device.”

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Now, just adjust the amount of space you wish to use with the scroll bar.

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Click apply, then OK. Your Done!
If you want to stop using the flash drive as RAM, all you have to do is go to “My computer”, right click on your flash drive’s icon, click properties, click on the ReadyBoost tab, and select “Do not use this device.”

Windows XP

Now, I do not have images for this one. Sorry if you need them, I use Windows 7.
Apparently, the flash drive has to be empty for Windows XP. There are a few things you need to consider for this one, here is a link to a video: Check the description. OK, I’m going to keep this one short. Go to your flash drives properties, and in that window rename the flash drive: “RAM Drive”. Once you’re done, in your computer’s properties, go to the “Advanced” tab, and click on “settings” right under performance. Next click on the “advanced” tab. Under “virtual memory” click “Change”. Select “RAM Drive” at the top of the window, then select Custom size to manage it. Note: you want at least 5 MB of free space on the flash drive. Click “Set” then “OK”. A window should pop up telling you to restart your computer so the changes can have an effect. Click “OK”. THEN CLICK APPLY. Go through all the OK’s. Once your computer gets restarted, the RAM should take effect. You’re done!


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