If anyone has a few minutes and the equipment to do a quick
experiement I think the results might be interesting. (Unfortunately
I can't do the experiment myself yet or I would have just reported
what I found instead of begging for a favor)
"Ready Boost" is having Windows use a thumb drive for a fast cache.
I understand completely that this is NOT equivalent to installing an SSD.
If anyone has a mid-range system with Win7 with a mid-range SATA
drive and no SSD and one or two fast USB 3.0 8 or 16 gig thumb drives
then I would be creally curious if the WEI changes at all, whether a system
"feels even a little faster" and mostly whether from the sound the system is
hammering the hard drive less with this enabled when you test this with
zero, one and possibly two of these Ready Boost drives enabled.
My experience with ReadyBoost was that it was completely useless
except on systems with a very small amount of RAM.