Originally Posted by Mega Man X
For ReadyBoost... well, you don't need it. First of all, flash drivers are slower than RAM. Either you add more RAM or add more swap.
True. If there was always enough RAM, we wouldn't need swap at all, and even less any "extend your memory to a flash drive" -solutions. On my personal computer swap is almost never used, but I still keep it "just in case", because there are times when swap is needed. Anyway, you shouldn't be using your swap fully all the time - or if you are, you either don't have enough space reserved for swap, or just don't have enough RAM. In that case I suggest you both check the maximum size of your swap file/partition, increase it if needed, and buy more RAM. On the other hand, if you don't run out of RAM all the time, do have swap and you don't run out of it, I see no real reason to "extend RAM" to a flash disk. I see it as an action similar to using swap, so it's all the same if you increase your swap partition/file size. Like it was pointed out, then you can't accidentally pull off the external media which is used for something, possibly pretty important, as the swap is on your harddisk.
(Internal) harddisks, where swap is usually stored, are slower than RAM. That's why you want to use RAM whenever possible, not swap, and even less anything else that might be even slower. So..I find it odd that some people advertise USB sticks (for example) that you can use to "extend your Vista's memory resources" when needed. And I find even more odd that some people actually buy them for that reason
, and again some of them actually pay more for it than for a "regular" USB stick that doesn't advertise that.
I've only had a couple of brief "introductions" to Windows Vista, but according to what I've learned this far, there is nothing ground-breaking there anywhere, that wouldn't exist in some form or other in the other operating systems as well. I can't do much about Vista being a resource hog who says it needs some USB cadgets to fill in when RAM runs out, but I can wish people used their brains (in form of questions, for example) and didn't believe in those crap ads.