Add extra RAM to your computer or laptop without even opening the case

By | May 8, 2011
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Add RAM to your computer in less than five seconds! You don’t even have to open the case to add more RAM to your computer and give it a boost. RAM is an acronym for Random Access Memory – and more than anything else inside your computer, RAM can make your computer blazingly fast (if you have enough) or annoyingly slow (if you don’t have enough).

Did you know that adding that extra UMPH! to your computer by adding more RAM can be done just by plugging in a ReadyBoost enabled USB flash drive? A ReadyBoost enabled USB flash drive can be used as extra RAM on your Vista and Windows 7 computer to increase your system speed dramatically! While it is very easy to do, keep in mind that even if you have auto-run enabled for external devices, you will still probably have to manually enable ReadyBoost. Keep in mind that only high-speed ReadyBoost drives will work – and not all USB Flash Drives are ReadyBoost capable. You can only use ReadyBoost if you’re using Windows Vista or Windows 7 … just to make that clear.

Here is a short tutorial:

Step I: Insert the USB, open My Computer, then right click on the drive letter that corresponds with the USB.

Step II: Choose Properties from the dropdown menu as shown in this screenshot

Step III: When you choose Properties, a new window will open. Choose the ReadyBoost tab as shown below. If you do not see this tab, then the USB you have inserted is not ReadyBoost compatible.

Step IV: You can choose to dedicate the entire USB to ReadyBoost, or a percent of the free space on the USB. If you have an extra USB we suggest you plug it into a port on the back of your PC, set it to “Dedicate this device to ReadyBoost” and just leave it there all the time.

If you only want to dedicate part of it for ReadyBoost, click the “use this device” option. Then, using the slider, decide how much space you want to use for ReadyBoost. This is a good option if you just want a temporary boost in RAM to complete a project or for a particular session.

Keep in mind that space reserved for ReadyBoost cannot be used to store files. Also, once you choose to use a USB for ReadyBoost, you can change your mind easily and go back to storing files on it.

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23 thoughts on “Add extra RAM to your computer or laptop without even opening the case

    1. infoave Post author

      Actually that’s not true. But your comment is posted.

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  1. James

    From my understanding adding ReadyBoost doesn’t really help processor performance. I think it helps speed up searching, and the loading of hard drive files such as the loading of a big folder of pictures or music files. But ReadyBoost is still a cool feature to help overall computer performance.

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    1. infoave Post author

      RAM has nothing to do with the processor. Every program you run is loaded into RAM. If you run out of RAM, Windows creates virtual memory from free hard drive space. Virtual Memory is not nearly as fast as RAM – or as fast as memory from a ReadyBoost flash drive. Hard drives “spin up” and the seek times makes virtual memory a poor substitute for RAM (Physical Memory) or ReadyBoost-added memory. ReadyBoost-added memory isn’t quite as fast as RAM but it’s much faster than Virtual Memory carved from your hard drive. In any case, your processor and your RAM are two completely different things.

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    1. infoave Post author

      It’s not outdated at all. In fact, it works exactly as described in Windows 8 RP too. If it doesn’t “pop-up” for you, then you have a Windows issue — there no problem with the information. It’s just as current today – as it was when it was written.

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  2. John S

    I am an I.T. pro and thought I knew everything.. LOL.. this works great and I appreciate the info..
    Thanks..

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  3. yasir

    Important question need help
    can we use NTFS instead of FAT32 ON USB RAM or only fat32 is possible?
    can we FORMATE USB WITH NTFS FILE SYSTEM AND THEN USE IT AS USB RAM?

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    1. infoave Post author

      No you can’t format (you should not) a USB to NTFS. And you don’t need to format a USB drive to use it for ReadyBoost memory.

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  4. Layla

    Can this speed up/enhance performance for high RAM consuming programs, such as Adobe After Effects ? Does this dramatically increase the laptop’s RAM, or only by a little? (My laptop has 6 GB RAM currently)

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    1. infoave Post author

      I don’t think if you have 6GB already you’re going see much of a boost. If your laptop had 2GB or 4GB or RAM you’d notice a difference.

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      1. kostas20012

        I did it and my ram didnt change. I went to my computer properties and still it have 2 gb. What to do?

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        1. infoave Post author

          You have to make sure you have the right kind of RAM and that ReadyBoost is turned on.

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  5. Ashwini

    Thanks for the tip… Really cool.

    I plugged in a 16GB flash drive, but windows recommended only to use 4GB as readyboost. Now My question is, Can i use the rest space for normal operations of pen drive like storing and transferring files?

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    1. infoave Post author

      I’m not aware that Microsoft limits it to a 4GB flash drive. I think that’s the minimum size they recommend. 32-bit systems can’t use more than 4 GB of RAM anyway so perhaps that’s what you read. Even if you did have a 32-bit system, you could still use a 16GB flash drive though.

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    1. infoave Post author

      Any USB Flash Drive can be a ready-boost flash drive as long as it’s large enough. You don’t need to use a special flash drive.

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  6. Nick

    Do you think multiple USB’s(3 with ready boost) would work well with really heavy java applications? currently have an Intel i7 2.5ghz 4 cores, 16GB of ram and I max out my ram before I am even able to start using all my cores (cpu @ ~40-45% usage, while 16GB ram nearly maxed out). Would this also work on a bigger scale if you were to format an external harddrive into a mass USB storage with readyboost? thanks

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    1. infoave Post author

      If you have 16 GB of RAM you don’t need ready boost. If you’re running out of RAM and you have 16GB it sounds to me you should take a look at what’s using it all up. Most heavy gaming computers which can run some very intensive games come with 16GB. I just looked at a list of the 10 best gaming computers and only one came with more than 16GB of RAM.

      I think there’s something else going on here and not just Java blowing out your RAM. If you’re consistently using more than 40% of your quad core, something doesn’t sound right there either.

      If you check and you don’t have malware combined with way too many start up programs, I’d be surprised. If you find nothing else wrong, adding more memory via USB stick isn’t going to solve your problem. The “RAM” added this way (and this is noted in the article) is not as fast as installed RAM and is nowhere near as fast as high-quality, gaming RAM. If your motherboard supports it, add another 16GB of RAM. I have not seen a gaming computer with more than 32GB of RAM. I really doubt though, that you mainboard will support that much RAM. But adding more physical RAM is the solution for you (after you’ve checked for malware, bad ram, start ups, etc.) is adding more physical RAM, as much as your motherboard will support.

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      1. Nick

        thanks for reply, No malware, Everything is ok, its a server computer with multiple virtual hosts running many bots doing repetitive tasks, its running many instances of java apps at an allocated 400mb per app (the app itself isn’t that heavy its the scripts running the tasks on the apps using java/java script. My aim is to max out the quad core but I am not able to do that without adding extra RAM. Adding physical RAM is not an option for me as it is a laptop and its already Lenovo’s flagship computer/max RAM available atm. I guess I will just use the readyboost USB on the main host and add extra RAM for grabbing files and background processes, while allocating all the 16GB of ram to all virtual hosts for the java apps.

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