Vista Compatible Flash Drives

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Check out some of these pages:
http://www.activewin.com/reviews/hardware/memory/vista/readyboost.shtml
http://blogs.msdn.com/tomarcher/archive/2006/04/14/576548.aspx
http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=186
You might want to search this NG for other links. People are starting to
compile lists of those.
'Fred Morrison' <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> Having just been burned by buying a 4GB USB Flash drive that says 'Windows
> Vista Compatible' on the package that turned out to be too slow for the
> random read/write speeds that ReadyBoost requires, I'm now looking for a
> list of Windows Vista ReadyBoost-certified USB flash drives, specifically
> one with a 4GB capacity.
>
> Apparently, many manufacturers are dumping their old product onto the
> market with just the words 'USB 2.0 Hi-Speed' or 'Windows Vista
> Compatible' on the package. They don't use the words Windows Vista
> 'exploitive' or 'works with ReadyBoost', hoping guys like me won't be the
> wiser. I've also learned that while many USB flash drives appear to have
> the minimum required read/write speed in their specs, they don't tell you
> that is for sequential read/writes. ReadyBoost, however, is almost
> entirely random in its read/write operations.
>

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I have a NetBook or an older PC with relatively low memory or little disk space capacity. How can I use USB stick or an SD-card to improve the working speed?

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Vista Compatible Flash Drives App

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Vista Compatible Flash Drives Software

Vista compatible flash drives app

Apparently, the drive is designed to be compatible with Windows Vista's ReadyBoost 'appetite for RAM' (this reminds me of the advertising hype in which Samsung said they will come up with Windows. Under Vista Ultimate, when I insert a flash drive, the OS does not recognize it as a USB Mass storage device, and prompts for drivers. Here are some details: 1. This system was upgraded from XP 2. A Sandisk Cruzer Mini 1GB flash drive was installed prior to the upgrade (this device is the only thumbdrive that works) 3.

Vista Compatible Flash Drives

Anyhow, it is all known that USB 3.0 flash drive is much faster than USB 2.0 in the same condition. 3.0 flash drive can deal with data at the speed of 625 MB/sec. Due to its fast speed in writing, reading, and transferring data, the USB 3.0 thumb drive becomes a more popular choice for most flash memory stick users.

Like its predecessor Windows Vista, Windows 7 provides the Windows ReadyBoost function to provide Netbooks or older PC systems with more memory. You can use non-volatile flash memory such as current USB memory stick or SD memory cards to improve the performance of your system. This additional memory is provided as cache memory, to speed up, for example, the loading or editing of large files.
Important: You need a USB flash drive or a memory card with a free storage capacity of at least 500 MB and a high data transfer rate. Since you can permanently 'park' SD cards in the designated PC slot, the small disks for ReadyBoost are particularly well suited. Cards with a capacity of one or two GB are indeed quite enough for ReadyBoost.
Note: The following instructions and tips relate to Windows 7, but can also be used in a similar way for Windows Vista.
Using ReadyBoost
1. Plug the USB stick or SD card into a free slot. The storage medium is detected immediately. In the dialog box Automatic playback click on the option Speed up my system.
2. If the dialog box Automatic playback does not automatically appear, open Windows Explorer by pressing [Windows button] + [E]. Then with the right mouse button click on the new drive in the left directory tree, and select the command Open AutoPlay.
3. Windows immediately determines, whether the storage medium is suitable for ReadyBoost. If this is not the case, you will receive a corresponding note. If your storage device is ready for ReadyBoost, click on the tab ReadyBoost on the option Use this device.
4. Windows proposes to use the free space for the memory optimization. If you follow this, you can then save no further data on the media.
For a PC-RAM of 2 GB it is sufficient if you reserve 2 GB memory for ReadyBoost. In this case, move the slider under Space to reserve for system speed to the right place – in this example: 2000 MB. You can also set this value by using the arrow next to the selection box.
5. Click on OK. The changes are immediately reflected on the external media.
6. In the drive view for the storage medium you see the reserved space now as file entry called: ReadyBoost.sfcache.
Deactivating ReadyBoost
1. Open the File Explorer by pressing [Windows button] + [E]. Then, you click on the ReadyBoost drive in the left side tree, so that in the right pane the file entry ReadyBoost.sfcache displays.
2. Click the file ReadyBoost.sfcache with the right mouse button and select the command Properties in the shortcut menu.
3. In the dialog box Properties click on the tab ReadyBoost.
4. Select the option Do not use this device.
5. Click on OK. The reserved space is immediately freed.

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