Do you want to boost your computer performance without spending time to open your computer and add additional RAM modules? Do you have a big USB drive or SD card memory which is rarely used? Then you have another solution to tweak your computer speed using eBoostr software.
eBoostr goal is to bring the ReadyBoost technology which available in Windows Vista only to Windows XP users. What you need is a USB disk or USB thumb drive with some space available to be used by eBoostr. There are several requirements:
- Microsoft Windows XP
- USB 2.0 port version or external card-reader
- USB flash drive or flash card with at least 64 MB free space
What eBoostr does is caching your frequently used applications on your USB disk drive. By doing so, eBoostr will help to reduce the Harddisk access which considered slower, especially on laptop’s harddisk if it being compared with USB disk drive speed. eBoostr can handle up to 4 USB devices to be used as cache device.
A trial version of eBoostr is available and can be downloaded from http://www.eboostr.com. The trial version will work fully functional for 4 hours after every computer reboots. You can try it first before purchase it to see that it give performance boost you expected.
After several days using it, I feel a slightly improvement on my laptop. It does help accelerating opening my email client Thunderbird Portable, Yahoo Messenger, a very slight boost on Mozilla Firefox browser and game like Need for Speed Carbon. However eBoostr doesn’t seems to give much improvement on the performance of heavy applications like MS Word, MS Excel and MS Visual Studio 2003.
Now let’s comparing the total cost of ownership between eBoostr and 1GB USB disk drive vs. 1GB DDR2 laptop RAM.
For eBoostr you need to spend US$29 and 1GB USB disk is around US10 (this is the cheapest I can found), the total cost is US$39. For a 1GB DDR2 RAM (for laptop) is around US$30.
A real RAM should be perform better than a USB disk cache, but if your laptop don’t have any RAM slot available or you don’t want the trouble installing a new RAM, then eBoostr is the solution.