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Over the last two years, Solid State Drives (SSDs) more commonly known as flash drives have followed a fashion of being sold directly to the laptop or portable device manufacturers or through special online consumer electronics retail sites that have only a handful of physical outlets.
A major changed happened last week when Intel Corp., a market leader in manufacturing of flash drives, made an announcement that its flash drives will now be available at more than 800 conventional retail outlets. After Intel other cos. have also announced to follow the same pattern.

Expected Turn Around

It can be easily smelt from this step that the consumer has moved a step closer in replacing or supplementing computers hard drives with these flash drives as they now become affordable and available.
An analyst at market research firm Forward Insights expects that this move will definitely broaden the end market consumer profile. While he also said that gaming and technically sound users will remain among the major consumers but retailing of these SSDs will surely enhance the appeal for these SSD’s and accelerate the adoption process of these SSDs as prices also come down.

Cost Efficacy

SSDs remain 10 folds costlier than hard drives and their cost seems to be increasing in past years. The second quarter of last year saw an increased price of per unit price of flash memory chips up to $4.10.This clearly represents a 127% increase from the final quarter of 2008.It is believed that the SSD prices can come down from $1.9 to $1.7 approx. but only for PC, laptop manufactures. Online shoppers couldn’t find any remarkable difference in the prices and will continuing paying $3.
A normal SSD of capacity ranging from 80 GB to 120 GB of memory is offered on prices from $215 to $400.Intel offers an 80 GB X25-M for $225 in its stores, whereas a hard drive of capacity up to 1TB (1000 GB) can be bought for as little as $99.

SSDs can supposingly beat hard drives on the basis of performance especially for computer boot up applications. A test conducted by a famous site shows that an SSD took just 20secons in comparison to HDD’s 40 seconds of cold boot.

Advantages

• SSD restarts in 26 sec while HDD requires 37 sec.
• SSD seems to be more durable since they do not have any mechanical moving parts like actuator arms etc. thus they become a better option for mobile devices.
• Cost wise as SSDs are still costlier than HDD but there will be a point when you can actually buy a SSD of capacity around 16GB in cost of a HDD.
The increase in the performance of computer when its HDD is replaced by SSD is remarkable. It can be easily foreseen that in the upcoming years the SSD will become an integral part of our systems and notebooks. Availability of these SSDs in retail outlets has added a seasoning in the curry.

How to Store Memory on Ready Boost

ReadyBoost is an excellent feature that was brought into existence with the Windows Vista and later with Windows 7 as well. This feature enables your external volumes to be used as space for disk cache. You can use your Flash Drives, SD Cards as well as external hard disk drives for the job. ReadyBoost is supported for one device on Windows Vista while you can add multiple devices for Windows 7. Use of NTFS volume is suggested as you can use more of the volume for the purpose giving you with enough alternative space to act as your disk cache.

ReadyBoost Requirements

There are certain requirements for the device to be capable of being used as a ReadyBoost help.

The minimum denomination of the external volume that you are using for ReadyBoost should be 256 MB that would be 250 MB once it is formatted. The maximum size that was available for use in Windows Vista used to be 4GB while it has been revised to unlimited in the Windows 7.

You can add up to eight devices that would make the overall denomination to a maximum of possible 256GB size. This would serve as an additional memory giving you ultimate control over many applications.

The access time of the device should be really small. It should have an access time of less then 1ms or equal in order to make sure that it can be readily used.

The device needs to have a read speed of 2.5 MB/sec while the write speed suggested is at least 1.75MB/sec.

Turn on and off ReadyBoost

  • Follow the instructions below to make your external volume be used as ReadyBoost:
  • Connect your external volume with the computer, the pop up Autoplay options would rise.
  • Under the general section, click Speed up my system.
  • Inside the Properties, click the ReadyBoost tab on the top.
  • You would be given three options:
    • Do not use this device would turn ReadyBoost off and you won’t be able to use it as a ReadyBoost device.
    • Dedicate this device for ReadyBoost would dedicate the whole volume to be used for ReadyBoost and the whole of the system can be used for the process enhancing the speed of your system by many folds. The files already on your volume would not be touched while the rest of the space would be used to boost your system.
    • Use this device has a slider option with it that lets you limit the size of the volume that you would like to use as ReadyBoost.
    • On clicking OK, your selection would be saved and this device would be used to the ReadyBoost purpose every time you are going to plug it in your system.

Advantages:

The possible outcomes are remarkable for people who have low memory or the processes that they use need more memory to run smooth. The first test of this was made on a system with 512 Mb of ram that is the least requirement for Windows vista and it was noticed that the ReadyBoost gave it double the ram. A process that took place in 11.7 second was over in just 2 seconds.

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