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readyboost for extra "ram" when all dimms are used?

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February 14, 2014 6:24:32 AM


i have a laptop which has 6gb of ddr3 ram and the problem is that i'm quite constantly running into 90%+ usage. so i began thinking about giving it a bit of a boost for better multitasking.

Now, the laptop has a pretty awkward configuration of 4 and 2 gb sticks in 2 slots, so all the slots are filled. as i understand the only way for me to upgrade is to either take out the 2gb stick and replace it with a similar 4gb unit or to use the readyboost feature. The replacement of one stick seems to be a sure bet. but i'd rather save some cash now. so i'm looking into other options.

what makes me think that the not-so-popular boost feature might be decent enough is that i have a usb3 connection and an external usb3 HDD (not a flash drive, but an hdd), so i could just chop out like 4 gb of memory from that hdd and use it for a boost. sure, a usb3 hdd can't even come close to ram speeds but it might just be enough to clear some space from real ram.

what do you guys think?

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February 14, 2014 8:46:35 AM

I think its a bad idea.

The entire point of RAM is that it can be accessed randomly very fast. An HDD cannot be accessed randomly very quickly, an SSD can, but that isnt want you have.

It would be my though that you would experience quite a performance hit if you decided to use this.

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February 14, 2014 9:59:11 AM

Bad Idea , USB even 3.0 is massively slower then Ram , even using a hard drive for an increased page file is not good since laptop hard drives are slow.
As I see it you have two options , swap out the 2gb stick for a 4gb or change the internal hard drive to a SSD.
February 16, 2014 5:48:37 AM

well that makes it clear. guess i'll have to live with it. i made a bad decision of getting a 750gb wd black into a second hdd bay. should have either went with an ssd or raid0 :/ 
thanks for the help