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Best format for ReadyBoost

  1. #1


    FiOS Dave Guest

    Best format for ReadyBoost

    I am using a 2GB SD card for ReadyBoost, and want to know
    what is the best format to use for quickest operation.
    I've tried FAT, FAT32, exFAT and NTFS, but don't see much
    difference (except for available space!)
    Thanks in advance,

    Dave


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  2. #2


    JW Guest

    Re: Best format for ReadyBoost

    FAT32

    See:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/m.../cc162480.aspx

    "FiOS Dave" <dminott@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:OuXpR2$rIHA.6096@xxxxxx

    >I am using a 2GB SD card for ReadyBoost, and want to know
    > what is the best format to use for quickest operation.
    > I've tried FAT, FAT32, exFAT and NTFS, but don't see much
    > difference (except for available space!)
    > Thanks in advance,
    >
    > Dave
    >

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  3. #3


    Ken Blake, MVP Guest

    Re: Best format for ReadyBoost

    On Wed, 7 May 2008 00:48:12 -0400, "FiOS Dave"
    <dminott@xxxxxx> wrote:

    > I am using a 2GB SD card for ReadyBoost, and want to know
    > what is the best format to use for quickest operation.
    > I've tried FAT, FAT32, exFAT and NTFS, but don't see much
    > difference (except for available space!)

    How much RAM do you have?

    If you have 2GB or more of RAM, the little it might do for you is so
    slight as to be almost unnoticeable.

    And if you have less than 2GB of RAM, you would do much better to
    spend your money on upgrading your RAM to 2GB than on buying a device
    for ReadyBoost use.

    So, in general, I recommend *against* using ReadyBoost.

    --
    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP - Windows Desktop Experience
    Please Reply to the Newsgroup

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  4. #4


    FiOS Dave Guest

    Re: Best format for ReadyBoost

    Thanks for the answer(s).

    I have 2GB of RAM in the system, and currently have the SD card formatted
    as NTFS. Since I have no other need for the SD card, I will leave it as is.
    I understand that there are a limited number of write cycles for flash,
    and wonder if there is a way to keep track?! I guess when the flash card
    fails, I will know that I have hit that limit...

    Dave


    "Ken Blake, MVP" <kblake@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    newsh4424989bfk6mfjaj375vvs8aglppvlsv@xxxxxx

    > On Wed, 7 May 2008 00:48:12 -0400, "FiOS Dave"
    > <dminott@xxxxxx> wrote:
    >

    >> I am using a 2GB SD card for ReadyBoost, and want to know
    >> what is the best format to use for quickest operation.
    >> I've tried FAT, FAT32, exFAT and NTFS, but don't see much
    >> difference (except for available space!)
    >
    >
    > How much RAM do you have?
    >
    > If you have 2GB or more of RAM, the little it might do for you is so
    > slight as to be almost unnoticeable.
    >
    > And if you have less than 2GB of RAM, you would do much better to
    > spend your money on upgrading your RAM to 2GB than on buying a device
    > for ReadyBoost use.
    >
    > So, in general, I recommend *against* using ReadyBoost.
    >
    > --
    > Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP - Windows Desktop Experience
    > Please Reply to the Newsgroup

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  5. #5


    JW Guest

    Re: Best format for ReadyBoost

    You should reformat the Ready Boost drive to FAT32 since if you do it will
    hold a lot more actual data since less space is required for the FAT 32
    directories than for the NTFS directories.
    "FiOS Dave" <dminott@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:OuXpR2$rIHA.6096@xxxxxx

    >I am using a 2GB SD card for ReadyBoost, and want to know
    > what is the best format to use for quickest operation.
    > I've tried FAT, FAT32, exFAT and NTFS, but don't see much
    > difference (except for available space!)
    > Thanks in advance,
    >
    > Dave
    >

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  6. #6


    Bender Guest

    Re: Best format for ReadyBoost

    Microsoft has written Readyboost to write to the flash memory in such a way
    as to even out the wear. Expect about 10 years of constant use before the
    number of write cycles becomes limited. By then a replacement should be very
    cheap, and probably not even needed as new technology makes Readyboost
    technology obsolete (such as the newly discovered memresitor) .

    "FiOS Dave" <dminott@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:urTX#NKtIHA.420@xxxxxx

    > Thanks for the answer(s).
    >
    > I have 2GB of RAM in the system, and currently have the SD card formatted
    > as NTFS. Since I have no other need for the SD card, I will leave it as
    > is.
    > I understand that there are a limited number of write cycles for flash,
    > and wonder if there is a way to keep track?! I guess when the flash card
    > fails, I will know that I have hit that limit...
    >
    > Dave
    >
    >
    > "Ken Blake, MVP" <kblake@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > newsh4424989bfk6mfjaj375vvs8aglppvlsv@xxxxxx

    >> On Wed, 7 May 2008 00:48:12 -0400, "FiOS Dave"
    >> <dminott@xxxxxx> wrote:
    >>

    >>> I am using a 2GB SD card for ReadyBoost, and want to know
    >>> what is the best format to use for quickest operation.
    >>> I've tried FAT, FAT32, exFAT and NTFS, but don't see much
    >>> difference (except for available space!)
    >>
    >>
    >> How much RAM do you have?
    >>
    >> If you have 2GB or more of RAM, the little it might do for you is so
    >> slight as to be almost unnoticeable.
    >>
    >> And if you have less than 2GB of RAM, you would do much better to
    >> spend your money on upgrading your RAM to 2GB than on buying a device
    >> for ReadyBoost use.
    >>
    >> So, in general, I recommend *against* using ReadyBoost.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP - Windows Desktop Experience
    >> Please Reply to the Newsgroup
    >

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  7. #7


    Poutnik Guest

    Re: Best format for ReadyBoost

    In article <O$AIuWatIHA.3792@xxxxxx>,
    imnotgivingmynametoa@xxxxxx says...

    > Microsoft has written Readyboost to write to the flash memory in such a way
    > as to even out the wear. Expect about 10 years of constant use before the
    > number of write cycles becomes limited. ......

    >
    I would not say it is work of Microsoft.

    Whatever FileSystem is flash memory formatted for,
    internally it uses its own specialized filesystem for flash devices
    ( there are such ones )
    or at least modified version of common filesystem.

    It contains integrated memory controller chip to manage it.

    The purpose is to manage "wear leveling" to get all sectors tired in the
    same/similar speed. Some areas have extra backups.

    Without it e.g. FAT32 File allocation table area would get damaged soon.



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  8. #8


    rempuii7 Guest

    Re: Best format for ReadyBoost


    Bender;3733321 Wrote:

    > Microsoft has written Readyboost to write to the flash memory in such a
    > way
    > as to even out the wear. Expect about 10 years of constant use before
    > the
    > number of write cycles becomes limited. By then a replacement should be
    > very
    > cheap, and probably not even needed as new technology makes Readyboost
    > technology obsolete (such as the newly discovered memresitor) .
    >
    > "FiOS Dave" <dminott@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:urTX#NKtIHA.420@xxxxxx

    > > Thanks for the answer(s).
    > >
    > > I have 2GB of RAM in the system, and currently have the SD card
    > formatted

    > > as NTFS. Since I have no other need for the SD card, I will leave it
    > as

    > > is.
    > > I understand that there are a limited number of write cycles for
    > flash,

    > > and wonder if there is a way to keep track?! I guess when the flash
    > card

    > > fails, I will know that I have hit that limit...
    > >
    > > Dave
    > >
    > >
    > > "Ken Blake, MVP" <kblake@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > > newsh4424989bfk6mfjaj375vvs8aglppvlsv@xxxxxx

    > >> On Wed, 7 May 2008 00:48:12 -0400, "FiOS Dave"
    > >> <dminott@xxxxxx> wrote:
    > >>
    > >>> I am using a 2GB SD card for ReadyBoost, and want to know
    > >>> what is the best format to use for quickest operation.
    > >>> I've tried FAT, FAT32, exFAT and NTFS, but don't see much
    > >>> difference (except for available space!)
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> How much RAM do you have?
    > >>
    > >> If you have 2GB or more of RAM, the little it might do for you is
    > so

    > >> slight as to be almost unnoticeable.
    > >>
    > >> And if you have less than 2GB of RAM, you would do much better to
    > >> spend your money on upgrading your RAM to 2GB than on buying a
    > device

    > >> for ReadyBoost use.
    > >>
    > >> So, in general, I recommend *against* using ReadyBoost.
    > >>
    > >> --
    > >> Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP - Windows Desktop Experience
    > >> Please Reply to the Newsgroup
    > >
    My Vista only accept FAT32 as fast enough,I could use NTFS if I wanted
    to,but I had to tweak a bit,so I think FAT32 is the default format for
    ReadyBoost,each has its own style of Format so the default would be the
    best .
    If you had time you can read my post 'USB Flash Drive',in a very fast
    flash drive the copy and paste is faster with FAT format then NTFS,while
    in a very slow fash drive NTFS is faster.


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    Re: Best format for ReadyBoost

    Just an update to this thread for anyone reading this now that flash cards over 4 GB are very common... I dont know if vista's readyboost has been updated in line with Win7 but for Win 7 the readyboost cache can be upto 256Gb, hence if your flash card is more than 4Gb you are recomended to format it as NTFS. If you format it as FAT32 readyboost will only ever suggest a 4Gb cache as the cache is a single file, and FAT32 limits files to 4Gb in size. I changed my 8gb card from Fat32 to NTFS hence increasing my readyboost cache from 4gb to 8gb on a duo core PC with 4Gb of ram and the further improvement is very noticeable.

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