How to use Pendrive as RAM – Best trick ever

First, we have to know the basics. Computers have two kinds of storage — temporary and permanent. A computer’s memory is used for temporary storage, while a computer’s hard drive is used for permanent storage. Whoever selected the term memory for temporary computer storage did the world a disservice since people tend to permanently store information in our memories. A computer’s memory is also called RAM which is an acronym for Random Access Memory. A computer’s memory is where information is temporarily stored while it is being accessed or worked on. For example, if I’m updating my resume, then I double-click its icon to open it. This process of opening the file, copies it from its permanent home on the computer’s hard drive into the computer’s memory. Once in memory, I can edit it. If the computer loses electrical power while I am updating my resume, the most recent changes I’d made are lost. This is because the information in a computer’s memory is only kept there while electrical power is supplied. To avoid losing my most recent changes, I need to save the file. The act of saving a file copies it back to the computer’s hard drive. The contents of a hard drive remain intact even if the computer is turned off or it loses electrical power. So it is best to use pendrive as ram.

How to use Pendrive as RAM in Windows 8?

For Windows 8, you can use the inbuilt ReadyBoost feature whereas for Windows XP we need to use programs like ebooster. When you insert your pen drive into the computer, you’ll see an AutoPlay dialog box if you have not disabled AutoPlay. Just click on the “Speed up my system” button and windows will start a series of tests to check if your drive is capable of being added as a RAM extension. The features of pendrive should be of  USB 2 or higher.

"Speed up my system"

If the device is adaptable, we can select the “Use This Device” or the “Dedicate This Device to ReadyBoost” option to enable ReadyBoost and specify how much space we want to make available to the disk cache. Using the “Dedicate this device” is recommended to avoid accidental deletion of anything in the RAM portion of the pen drive. Even if you have disabled AutoPlay, you can access ReadyBoost from the right click context menu of your USB drive. A cool feature of ReadyBoost is that all the data written to the pen drive is also mirrored on to the hard disk as well. That means even if you accidentally remove the pen drive, Windows will just continue with the data from your hard-disk. Although this will make the computer slower, it makes sure your computer doesn’t hang up on you.The cache data written to  pen drive is encrypted using the AES 128 standard. So it is almost safe and secure.

How to use pendrive as ram using Virtual Ram Concept For Windows  10?

First of all insert your pendrive. Then open “My Computer” and right click >> Then open “Properties”.Now Properties window will appear, then click on “Advanced system settings” from left side.Then in “Advanced” tab click on “Settings” button appear in “Performance tab”.Again new window will appear then click on “Advanced” tab. In advanced tab there is an option of “Virtual Memory box”, then click on “Change Button” .To increase virtual ram After click change button “Virtual settings” will appear.Now unchecked the box of  “Automatically Manage Page Size Feature”.Then in custom  size add your Pendrive current same in below format. Now add same “Value” in both boxes and click on apply button. Restart your PC or Laptop and now pendrive will work as “Virtual Ram”.

In Virtual Memory method, If you want to convert back your Pendrive into Normal. Then again open Virtual Settings and remove custom memory value and choose Default settings by checking “Automatically Manage Paging Size”.

If you use ReadyBoost method, don’t forget to revert back to normal or otherwise open your pendrive and delete Readyboost file from your pendrive.

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How to Use Pendrive as RAM in Windows 10?

Connect your USB drive to your laptop/desktop’s USB port.USB drive connected. Open up File Explorer. When your USB drive shows up, right click on it, and click on Properties. Click on the ReadyBoost tab at the top of the properties box which opens up. Click on Use this device. enable readyboost. Once you have clicked on the Use this device radio button, you will be shown a slider as can be seen in the screenshot below. reserve 650 mb You can drag the slider around to control the space you want to allocate for ReadyBoost. I chose to go with 650MB for the sake of demonstration. Once you are happy with the settings you have made, you can click on the Apply button followed by OK. In the File Explorer, click on the removable storage device from the pane on the left. Once the file tree opens up in the right side of the screen, you should be able to see a file with the name ReadyBoost. cache with the file size of what you have allocated in the properties of the pen drive.


Using a pen drive as a RAM  won’t really match the original RAM. pen drives have a limited read/write cycles after which they will stop working. The regular sequential read/writes to the USB  pen drive will reduce the life of the drive itself. It is best to use pen drive as a RAM only occasionally when we feel  PC is running out of RAM and don’t use it as a permanent RAM extension or swap. Other wise, pen drive would last only a few months for sure. Always safely eject your Pendrive. Direct removal may leads to device damage. Access speeds through USB for a ReadyBoost USB drive are very slow compared to internal RAM. i.e. Extremely Slow about 5~6MB/s as compared to RAM Speed.Un-Reliable.You`ll notice the improvement in  the System Performance only if you are using a low physical memory. Increase in Speed for Powerful Configuration Computer might not be identical.

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