RAM or Random Access Memory is the core memory hardware in a computer. This is the chip in which all information is stored of all process and communicated with the systems processor thence on. In defining a systems capability to run applications and several types of programs RAMs play a very integral part. The more amount of GB your RAM is the faster your computer will process applications/programs. But what to do when you don’t have enough amount of RAM to sustain all the processes perfectly? Well, using Pendrive as RAM might be very helpful here. It will, however, cannot provide you all that you desire out of a RAM but a tiny added space to your already full RAM might make things much easier in the long run. So, let us actually learn the steps of using Pendrive as RAM to augment the performance of our system on times of load.
Steps for Using Pendrive as RAM
1st Technique of using Pendrive as RAM
- Connect your Pendrive to your PC or Windows Laptop.
- If autoplay feature is enabled, you will be prompted to open files inside your Pendrive automatically in a windowed message along with several other options you can do with your Pendrive.
- In the options you will notice one which is ‘ReadyBoost’ click on it. If the autoplay feature is not on then you have to go into ‘My Computer’ right click on your Pendrive, select properties, and then select ReadyBoost.
- A new Windows will be opened in which there will be several options for using Pendrive as RAM. Among those options check-box on ‘Use this device’ and just right below this option is the option of allocating free space to your RAM as a substitute.
- Allocate at least 200 to 300 MB to your RAM over here, or more if you have a larger Pendrive.
- Finally, click apply and start using Pendrive as RAM for your system.
2nd Technique of using Pendrive as RAM
Over here we will describe to you the different method for using Pendrive as RAM from the above. Let’s begin then:
- Connect or insert your Pendrive into your system.
- Move your cursor to ‘My Computer’ and right click open properties there.
- In the ‘Properties’ section select “Advanced system settings’ on the left panel of options.
- In the ‘Advanced’ options choose “Settings’ tab and in this tab the very first column would be dedicated to “Performance’.
- Again in the performance section click on ‘Settings’
- Then you will again see yourself inside ‘Advanced’ tab.
- Over here is an option known as ‘Virtual Memory Box’ and in it click on ‘Change’ button.
- Now a new Window will be opened in which virtual memory settings appear.
- Uncheck the ‘Automatically Manage Page Size’ functionality. This is crucial in using Pendrive as RAM procedure.
- Now, click on ‘Custom size’ and add your Pendrive there for using it as a RAM.
- Add in the same values in both boxes mentioned as ‘Initial size (MB)’ and Maximum size (MB)’. However, you can alter the values in both these boxes only when you are an advanced users and knows what you are doing, otherwise do as mentioned please.
- Finally, restart your Laptop or PC and there you are now using Pendrive as RAM in your system.
So, I believe both these method of using Pendrive as RAM sounds easy and sufficient to you in time of your need, right? However, for those readers who in case does not easily understand the 2nd technique should aim for the first one which is of ReadyBoost and is much easier to implement. Please let us know your feedback in the comments and tell us how do you find both of these ways in helping your system to carry on unnecessary load?