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    Flash drives can be used in Windows 7 as temporary boosts to RAM. Is there any similar advantage in OS X?

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    First let me tell you that ReadyBoost in windows is a gimmick,.
    Your hard drive has a virtual ram area on it already that you can allocate to use for this purpose.
    Second Readyboost does not NOT boost your ram. It only gives you a type of virtual ram.
    Your actual physical ram is capable of transferring data back and forth many times faster than a usb drive or a Hdd. In my opinion it is not even worth the money to spend on a flash drive to use for this.
    If you want to boost ram buy more of it.

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    ^^^^ ditto

    I personally have not owned a Flash drive yet that could be read and written to as fast as my internal hard drives - therefore making any use of one for additional virtual memory utterly useless.
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    Also, flash drives are WAAAAAAAY slower than the hard drive (the normal source for Virtual RAM) and real RAM.

    Bottom line: even if there were such a program for the Mac, it would be a worthless piece of junk -- just like it is on PCs.

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