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Using a USB Storage Device to Add Memory
Figure 16-1: Open your computer to find the RAM expansion slots.
5. Putting a new stick of RAM in is just as easy. While the plastic clips are
open (pushed away from the sides of the slot), align the chip the correct
way so it its in the slot properly and gently push down. As the stick of
RAM goes down, it causes the plastic clips on the sides to snap in place.
Put your case back on, hook up your cables, and you are finished. If you have
any errors on your BIOS screen when you reboot or if your computer does not
recognize the new RAM you put in, make sure you got the right kind of memory
and that it is seated properly in the slot.
Using a USB Storage Device to Add Memory
Although upgrading the amount of RAM you have in your computer is a good
last resort if you are having performance issues, Windows 8 includes a cool trick
to assist the amount of RAM you currently have. As I mentioned earlier, any time
your computer has to kick applications and data out of RAM because there is
not enough room, it slows down your computer because it has to store that data
on the slow hard drive. In Windows 8, a feature called Windows ReadyBoost
enables you to use faster solid state memory devices, such as a USB memory
device, to store this data instead of your slow mechanical hard drive. This
provides an instant boost to system performance without even opening your case.
How does it work? The concept is simple. Solid state lash USB 2.0–based
storage devices have a faster read and write speed than some hard drives on
the market. Windows ReadyBoost, with the assistance of Windows SuperFetch
(another caching technology), works with a memory management system to
redirect cached data to the high-speed device. At any time, you can remove the
device if you need to use it for normal data transfers. To protect the data that is
cached on your removable USB device, Windows encrypts it so that if the device
is removed, your data is safe.
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