Friday, February 01, 2008

Solid State Devices and Windows Vista

With Windows Vista, you can now use Readyboost, which allows you to use a solid state device such as a USB Drive and turn it into instant RAM.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Readyboost

At first I thought this is really cool when we saw it at the Microsoft PDC in 2005, but since then, I haven't used it :p

The Readyboost technology which allows you to plug in an SSD such as a USB drive which would allow you to have more accessible RAM if your computer could now upgrade to more memory. The problem with this feature so far though, has not been the technology but the relevancy of needing this feature. Most computers that today that you purchase will have at least 1GB of Memory, and computers that are not Core 2 DUO computers generally won't run Vista since the last year there has been a real resistance to upgrading. The real benefit of the SSD drives was to allow existing computers to upgrade to Vista but the problem is you need better hardware, and the OS has had lots of complaints from consumers, so the adoption rate has been very slow. Even though sales have been good for Microsoft, these are all with New PC purchases. However, many customers that have bought these Vista PC's have also asked for a free "downgrade" to Windows XP. The problem becomes, If you need better hardware, you will buy it with more memory thus negating the need for the SSD so this is why not to many people have been using the Readyboost technology (even though it is part of Vista.) There will probably be a need for this technology down the road but right now most people aren't taking advantage of it. Also, you need to be running at least a 64bit OS to make a real difference since 32bit windows only supports up to 4GB anyway.

It's a great technology, but does a 4 wheel car really need 6 wheels?

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