Using a flash drive for virtual memory to enhance a PC
Everyone knows that the ‘best bang for bucks’ for aging PC systems is more RAM, which allows for more system stability and efficiency when it comes to running apps. In some cases, adding RAM to a system isn’t always possible, especially if there aren’t any extra slots available or you simply can’t afford to upgrade.
Users may however, have several flash drives lying around that are not being used. These can be repurposed to function as virtual RAM, giving your system a quick and easy upgrade without needing to crack open the case for installation.
The process for Windows-based machines is relatively simple. First, all data must be deleted to have access to the maximum space on the drive. Rename the device as ‘RAM Drive’ or something easy that can be remembered to allow you to see the drive in the computer menu. Right-click on ‘My Computer’ and hit the Properties tab, once inside, hit the Advanced tab and go into System Settings. Hit Advanced and then Edit. Find your thumb drive you renamed and select User Defined Size and enter a number roughly 5MB less than your total drive size (so it has room to breathe) in both boxes and click Set. Restart your system and voila, you now have more RAM that can be utilized by your system.
For more information, go to Lifehacker"s Turn a USB Flash Drive into Extra Virtual RAM. You should read the comments, however, before proceeding.
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