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Windows Vista™ Administrator's Pocket Consultant by William R. Stanek

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Improving Disk Performance

Windows Vista has several features that affect how disks are used. These include:

  • Windows ReadyBoost. Boosts system performance by using USB flash devices as additional sources for caching

  • Windows ReadyDrive. Boosts system performance on mobile computers equipped with hybrid drives

  • Windows SuperFetch. Boosts system performance using a modified memory management algorithm

Each of these features is discussed in the sections that follow.

Understanding and Using Windows ReadyBoost

A computer’s disk drives aren’t just used for reading and writing application data and user documents. The operating system makes extensive use of a computer’s disk drives for paging files and system cache. Because it’s significantly slower to read from ...

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