ReadyBoost is a feature in Windows 8 where a USB storage device or a memory card is used for increasing the system speed and performance. The way it works is, USB storage device and memory cards are faster to read and write than a regular hard drive in the computer. When you use a USB storage device or a memory card for ReadyBoost then your Windows computer uses this USB device or memory card for saving cached data instead of slow hard drive. Hence, for the Windows computer it is faster to read and write to the USB device or the memory cad than the hard drive and thus, the overall performance of the system improves. Before you are using a USB device or a memory card make sure that it has at-least 1GB or more free space for optimum performance boost.
Here are the steps to set up, enable ReadyBoost in a Windows 8 computer:
1) Insert the USB drive to your computer.
2) Click on “Computer” icon in your Desktop.
3) Right click on the USB drive or memory card and click on “Properties”.
4) In the Properties dialog box, go to “ReadyBoost” tab.
5) Select option “Use this device”. Windows will automatically calculate how much space will be required in the USB storage device or the memory card by the system for best performance.
6) Click on “Apply” and then, “OK”.
1) Not all Windows computer can benefit from ReadyBoost. If your hard drive is already performing faster then, you will get a message “Readyboost is not enabled on this computer because the system disk is fast enough that ReadyBoost is unlikely to provide any additional benefit.”
2) If you wish to disable ReadyBoost in the USB storage device or the memory card then, right click on the USB drive or memory card and click on “Properties”. In the Properties dialog box, go to “ReadyBoost” tab. Select option “Do not use this device”. Click on “Apply” and then, “OK”.
3) When you have set up ReadyBoost for a USB storage device or a memory card then, you cannot use the same device to set up ReadyBoost for another Windows computer. You can use ReadyBoost for a USB storage device or a memory card only for one Windows computer at a time.
4) When you enable ReadyBoost, data in the USB storage device or a memory card is encrypted and there are no worries of data theft even if the USB storage device or a memory card is lost.