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Windows 8 Readyboost. Does it work?

Discussion in 'Software' started by ClixT, May 21, 2013.

  1. ClixT

    ClixT Pen Pal - Newbie

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    So the only reason I returned my ativ 500t is because it lacks ram, then yesterday, I thought about adding a microsd and use readyboost.
    Would it work? or at least make the device feel more faster? I could get a used ativ 500t for $350+...
  2. jnjroach

    jnjroach Surface MVP Super Moderator

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    ReadyBoost is only available on machines that have a traditional hard drive, as all it does is creates a cache of the PageFile on the Flash Drive, because SSDs are faster than external flash based drives ReadyBoost is not available. Sorry....
  3. tijo

    tijo Scribbler - Standard Member

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    It won't make a difference. If you think about it, the 500t already uses a SSD and the point of readyboost is to use flash memory to get better I/O than a regular hard drive, not a SSD which is faster than pretty much any flash memory you could use for ready boost, add to that the fact that SD cards usually have not so good I/O performance except for the more expensive ones and you won't see a difference.

    If you're being hampered by the lack of RAM, then it means that an atom tablet might just not be for you.

    EDIT: didn't know readyboost wasn't available on a system with SSD.
    Last edited: May 21, 2013
  4. ClixT

    ClixT Pen Pal - Newbie

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    I didn't know the Ativ is using a SSD.. lol
    Always something new to learn haha.

    Anyhow thanks! I guess I'll wait for the Bay Trail Atom/Wacom Tablet PC (if it's gonna happen)
  5. tijo

    tijo Scribbler - Standard Member

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    It's kind of hard to fit a 2.5" HDD in something so small and miniature HDDs like those used in older iPods went the way of the dodo afaik.
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    ClixT Pen Pal - Newbie

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    yeah.. shame on me for not even noticing that haha,
  7. tijo

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    Not necessarily, unless you keep up with tech, it's easy to miss some details. ;)
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