Boost Windows 7 Performance with the use of Solid State Technology - Part 3

Continuing from part 2

Just select “Dedicate this device to Ready Boost” and move the slider all the way to the right.

Another way to format your solid state media is directly from its icon under the computer console. Just right click the drive or device that you want to format and click format. Select the default allocation size of 4,096 Bytes (4KB), then select the file system you want to use. When formatting is finished simply right click and select properties, then the ready boost tab to configure settings. You can’t format with exFAT from the GUI here, it must be done from the command prompt. Also, every piece of data in Ready Boost is a copy of that same data located in the page file directly on disk. That being said, you can still use your computer as normal whenever your Ready Boost device is not plugged in, since the same data ia available on the internal disk itself. You just won’t have the performance boosting properties of Ready Boost when your device is disconnected.

Ready Boost as said before, works in tandem with Super Fetch to manage data. Data is typically stored on the solid state medium using 128Bit AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) Encryption, while compressing data at a 2 to 1 ratio, and 3 to 1 ratio for faster devices.

Ready Drive:

Is a program interface in Windows Vista and 7 that’s used to take advantage of hybrid solid state technology. There is no configuring necessary with the use of Ready Drive. All you have to do is install your hybrid solid state hard drive, format it with the windows Vista or 7 operating system, and super fetch will automatically use the disks solid state cache for data storage and retrieval. We tested out a Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid Solid State Drive back in oct of 2011. This hard drive has fast, solid state disk like performance in Windows 7. It has a 4GB solid state cache, and an even faster 32MB static RAM cache for fast disk access. Ready Drive works much the same way as Ready Boost does with other solid state devices, it works in tandem with Super Fetch to cache frequently used data to the disks solid state cache.

Ready Boot:

Windows ReadyBoot ReadyBoot decreases system boot time by preloading the files and startup programs that are needed to boot the machine. After every boot, the ReadyBoot service uses idle CPU time to analyze file trace information from the five previous boots and identifies which files were accessed and where they are located on disk. ReadyBoot uses this information to determine which files to prefetch during the next boot. It prefetches the files into an in-RAM cache, eliminating the time that it would take for the boot process to retrieve the files from disk. If available random access memory (RAM) is less than 1.7 GB, ReadyBoot compresses the files in the cache.

ReadyBoot is supported on Windows 7 client systems. ReadyBoot is enabled by default and it is part of the sysmain service. If you disable the sysmain service, you disable ReadyBoot. If SuperFetch detects that the system drive is a fast solid-state drive (SSD) (as measured by Windows Experience Index Disk score), then SuperFetch turns off ReadyBoot.

To monitor the effectiveness of ReadyBoost, use the Windows Performance Monitor (PerfMon) tool that is included with Windows. Monitor the Ready Boost Cache performance counters. Bytes Cached is the amount of data stored in the cache. More bytes in the cache improve the chances for a higher hit-rate. However, more data cached does not guarantee that the cache is effective. The effectiveness of the cache is measured by the hit-rate, which you can obtain from the counters Cache Read Bytes/sec and Total Read Bytes/sec.