Since the post above, I reallocated the 2 GB portion of IM (Invisible Memory) originally setup as a SCSI Disk for Readyboost. This allocated memory was reconfigured as I/O RAM disc and added to the 2 GB already setup for OS virtual memory (paging file).
It does not appear using RAM made available by “Vsuite Ram Disc” software for Readyboost would have much benefit (for my use) as all the cached files are lost every time the computer is shut down. Buying a flash drive for Readyboost, as I have since done, in my case from both a cost and performance perspective is a better option. A couple of observations as a novice in this area follow.
USB flash drives and SD memory cards both use a FAT32 file format, therefore; 4GB is the maximum drive size you can use for Readyboost with such a device. In testing it was found that you could have three (No idea what the maximum number would be) 4GB drives installed for Readyboost at the same time.
Speed tests on the drives I used produced the following read speed results (in MB/Sec): Ativa 8GB Flash drive 4.2, SanDisk 8GB Class 6 SD Card 5.4, SanDisk 8GB Flash drive 6.8 and the 800 MHz Ram using Vsuite Ram was the winner with 260.7. The SD card was tested in a cheap USB thumb drive and I am not sure if using a decent card reader would produce better results. Information on how these speed tests on ReadyBoost drives were done can be found at the following link: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/is-your- ... yboost/186
. It is worth noting that there are several types of drive speed tests for read speed with greatly varying results that can be done.
Some concern has been voiced about using flash drives for computer use as the number read/write cycles is limited. For Readyboost I doubt this should be a concern as Microsoft recommends these drives for this purpose, the number of read/write cycles for this application is probably limited, and flash drives are relatively cheap and easy to replace should you burn one out.
Using Vsuite Ram Disc software to setup a RAM drive for Readyboost might be very beneficial in a computer used as a server that is rarely shutdown. If tech support wants to correct any inaccuracies presented here, please do. Also it would be appreciated if additional comments on the subject could be provided.