How To Use Pendrive As RAM (Increase Ram Using USB Drives)

Computer programs are becoming excessively resource-hungry day by day. The requirement for computing power is increasing continuously day by day. With more and more software applications and their increasing sizes, computers today require more RAM. RAM or Random Access Memory is the memory that holds currently open applications and their data. It holds the data which is actively being used and is not stored on the hard disk for the moment. For example, this webpage has been downloaded from the internet and saved temporarily on your computer’s ram until you close it or move to a new page. Today, we are going to tell you how you can use Pendrive as RAM to make your device more efficient.

Hence, this makes it clear that if you need to do extensive tasks on your computer, you will need to have more ram. Although it is easy to upgrade the ram by buying new ram chips and physically installing them, today we are going to discuss an easier alternative. Here in this article, we are going to show you an easy way how you can use your pen drive as RAM and increase the speed and performance of your computer. Keep reading for complete instructions.

How to Use Pendrive As RAM.

If you want to increase the RAM of your computer using a pen drive, you can do it very easily, using any of the methods given below. These methods are explained with easy to follow instructions so that you can use a pen drive as RAM easily.

Method 1:- Using ReadyBoost To Increase Ram Using Pendrive.

If you are on Windows 7/8/10, this is the most convenient way to use a pen drive as RAM. Just follow the simple steps to use pen drive as RAM using ReadyBoost given below.

Step 1. Plug in a spare USB pen drive.

Step 2. Copy any data you have stored on this drive and then “Format” it.

Format Pendrive

Step 3. After the format has been completed, Right-Click on the drive and go to “Properties”.

Step 4. Head to the “ReadyBoost” tab and switch the toggle to “Use this Device”.


Step 5. Use the slider to change the storage you want to dedicate as RAM from the pen drive. Windows also recommend the optimal storage and we encourage you to set it to the same.

Step 6. Click on “Apply” and “OK”.

Hence, this is how you can use a pen drive as ram using ReadyBoost. If you want to revert back to a normal pen drive, just repeat the procedure but set the toggle to “Do not use this device” on the ReadyBoost tab.

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Method 2:- Using Virtual Memory For Windows XP/7/8/10.

This is the next method if you want to use a pen drive as a ram. Although it is not as efficient as ReadyBoost, it is the only working method for Windows XP and it works for newer versions of windows as well. Here are the steps to use a pen drive as RAM using Virtual Memory.

Step 1. Insert the Pendrive into the computer.

Step 2. Copy any data that you have on the pen drive and then format it.

Format Pendrive

Step 3.  Right-click on my computer and go to “Properties”.

This PC Properties

Step 4. On the left pane, click on “Advanced System Settings” and under the “Advanced” tab, click on “Settings” button appear in “Performance tab”.

Advance Settings

Step 5. A new window will pop up in which again head to the “Advanced” tab.

Performance Options

Step 6. Here, under Virtual Memory, click on “Change”.

Step 7. In the new window opened, uncheck the “Automatically Manage Page Size”.

Virtual Memory Size

Step 8. Select the pen drive in the list below and set the paging size about 200mb less than the total capacity of the drive. Set the same value in both the boxes.

Step 9. Save these settings and restart your computer for the pen drive to start working as RAM.

Hence, this is how you can use a pen drive as RAM using the virtual memory feature.

Note:- Never remove a pen drive which is being used as RAM without safely ejecting it. Doing so may harm your device and cause loss of data.


In conclusion, these are the best and easiest methods to use pen drive as RAM on your computer. If you have any confusion or need any assistance regarding these methods, feel free to write to us. We’d also love to hear your thoughts and suggestions in the comment section below.