Saturday, May 27, 2006

Flash Memory in the Windows Vista Explained

The Implications of Samsung's Hybrid Hard Drive continues to be a buzz in the tech industry since it threatens to replace traditional hard drives. And it seems that the Windows Vista is all set to embrace this technology.

This blog from the PC World Magazine gives the basics on how Flash Memory will be used in Hybrid Hard Drives for the Windows Vista. The post says that Windows Vista uses three elements of software to maximize the power of Hybrid Bard Drives. The three tools are namely SuperFetch, ReadyBoost and ReadyDrive. Based on the explanation, it seems that there is going to be a lot of memory sharing to be done so as to limit hard drive spinning thus making processes faster. Here is a somewhat very skeletal explanation from the post.

SuperFetch - Stores the information you will need like your Word documents.

ReadyBoost - This is like buying extra RAM memory for your PC. It allocates additional memory storage on USB drives and on the flash memory of hybrid hard drives. This helps in providing more memory for SuperFetch.

ReadyDrive - This is the tool that store critical data such as those needed for booting your computers. This makes your computer start up a lot faster.

Source: WinHEC: More on Hybrid Hard Disks

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