How to use a flash Drive as a RAM on XP

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Hey there, 

I recently heard that windows has an option to increase the physical memory of the system using a flash drive. However I do not seem to find the option to do so. My computer has an internal physical memory of 256 MB which makes it sluggish. Do you have an option to increase its performance without actually upgrading it?

Many thanks,


Best Answer by Umair Iqbal
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Answered By 0 points N/A #94866

How to use a flash Drive as a RAM on XP



  1. First Format your flash Drive that you want to use as a RAM Drive on window XP.
  2. Use the slot for USB flash Drive that you do not use regularly because it should be attached their as long as you should use at as a RAM Drive.
  3. Rename your flash Drive as  RAM Drive
  4. on desk top right click on MY Computer and then from menu click on properties.
  5. then System Properties Window will be displayed, then click on Advance tab.
  6. then under performance title click on setting know performance option window will be open and know click on Advance Tab.
  7. Know under virtual Memory title click on Change
  8. Virtual Memory window will be open then select the RAM Drive which you have rename your flash drive.
  9. then see how many space is available in front of the title of Space available option
  10. then click on custom size radio button and set the Initial Size and Maximum size to five less than the total space available.
  11. then click on set then ok
  12. know click on apply and ok.
  13. your computer will be restart and the new setting will be applied and you will see great improvement in your computer speed.

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Umair Iqbal

Answered By 0 points N/A #94867

How to use a flash Drive as a RAM on XP

  • You can actually speed up your system by using flash drives. All you have to do is first you got to have a flash drive and place it in your computers USB slot.  Now, go to your “My Computer” next, click on “Properties” or “System Properties”.  There will be a pop-up window and on the tabs click on “Advanced”. Choose “Settings” under “Performance”.
  • So, another pop-up window will appear again, on the tabs, there will be Visual Effects, Advanced and Data Execution, click on “Advanced”.  You will see Processor Scheduling and Virtual Memory, click on “Change” under virtual memory. You will see your flash drives list. Click on your flash drive name. Now what you do is click on Custom Size (windows wants at least 5 MB of free space) so, if your flash drive has 512 MB deduct 5 MB and type it in the initial and maximum size. For example:
  • Initial size (MB): 507
  • Maximum size (MB): 507
  • After that click on “Set” and Restart your computer.
  • Now you’re speeding up your systems using your flash drive.
Answered By 573125 points N/A #308614

How to use a flash Drive as a RAM on XP


Using a USB flash drive as RAM for your computer is a no-no for me. If you are using Windows XP on that 256 MB RAM, that is too small for the operating system to run applications. Though the Microsoft Windows XP operating system has a minimum 64 MB requirement, that’s only the smallest amount of RAM which the operating system can run.

This requirement is for the operating system only and this doesn’t include the system requirements of the applications you want to install. Now, if you want to use a USB flash drive as RAM, I don’t think that is recommended though it is possible. You can use it as an extension to the virtual memory but not for the physical RAM.

You can use a USB flash drive for the operating system’s page file or the virtual memory but not to extend or increase your computer’s physical RAM. Even if you use a USB flash drive, your physical memory or RAM will still be the same.

The use of a USB flash drive will only improve the performance of the virtual memory because reading and writing data is a lot faster on the stick rather than on the hard drive. But the main disadvantage of using your USB flash drive for the virtual memory is that you will kill the device in a short period of time.

The life of the USB flash drive or the period of its usability depends on the number of “writes” to the drive. As you delete, copy, and move data to the USB flash drive, you are also shortening its life.

When you delete a file or folder on the USB flash drive, it causes a “write” to the drive because you are removing the data from the drive by emptying the space the file or folder occupies. This is the same when you copy data from your hard drive to the USB flash drive, it “writes” the data to the flash drive.

Moving data from another drive to the flash drive or within the flash drive is pretty much the same because it performs both deleting and copying of data. But don’t worry, a USB flash drive has millions of writes that’s why it lasts for many years.

As Microsoft Windows uses the page file, it performs thousands and thousands of “read” and “write” to the drive every time you use it.

When you use the USB flash drive for the page file, it will indeed improve the performance of the page file or the virtual memory but with the thousands and thousands of writes it performs every minute, I’m not sure how long your USB flash drive will last.

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