USB Drive Ram

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by brendanryder, Nov 8, 2007.

  1. brendanryder macrumors 6502a

    brendanryder

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    i just bought a sandisk 4gb cruizer stick. i was wonder if anyone knew how i could use this as like ram on my mac? i know you can buy some sticks that automatically do this but none of the local stores had any. any one know of a program?

    thanks :D
     
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

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    No.

    USB storage can never be used as RAM.

    OSX uses hard drive storage as virtual memory, but a USB stick isn't going to help this.
    Vista can use a USB stick as a 'readyboost' cache for the hard drive, but the benefits of that are marginal, if any.
     
  3. brendanryder thread starter macrumors 6502a

    brendanryder

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    "The Sandisk 4GB Cruzer Titanium is ReadyBoost compliant. ReadyBoost makes PC's running Windows Vista faster by using the USB drive as temporary storage. The USB flash drive serves as an additional memory cache - that is, memory that the computer can access much more quickly than it can access data on the hard drive."

    link

    or is this pc ONLY?
    thanks
     
  4. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

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    1) ReadyBoost is PC only, Vista only
    2) it is 'temporary storage' AKA a hard drive cache, not RAM memory
    3) it doesn't work, mainly.
     
  5. brendanryder thread starter macrumors 6502a

    brendanryder

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    lol
    sorry ive had a rough couple of days
    i meant cache lol, i should go to bed

    ok thanks canada ram. i guess i'll just have to make it a lego drive

    Lego Drive

    /thanks so much for the extreamly quick response :D
     

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