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World’s Largest USB Stick: 64GB From Transcend

transcend largest flash driveThis isn’t the first time we’ve reported on the World’s largest USB flash drive as that bar continues to rise. Yesterday [Sep 23, 2008] Transcend announced their newest V20 drive is available at 64GBs.  That’s as big as my laptop from 10 years ago.  Now it’s the size of my thumb.  I put the date in here to so we can reflect back in another 5 years and laugh. The V20 Transcend includes their value add JetFlash elite data management suite which includes:  Software that turns the V20 into a key to automatically log on to website accounts, or even temporarily lock the computer to prevent unauthorized access. Users can also browse their favorite bookmarked websites and check their email from any compatible computer with the included internet favorites and mobile email functions. Even though Readyboost never really caught on, the drive has been thoroughly tested for it’s official support. Continue Reading

USB Hack: Turn Any USB Drive Into a Readyboost Drive

Readyboost is a Windows Vista feature which uses flash memory to enhance computer performance.  The reports have varied about it’s success, but one thing is for sure – you need a Readyboost drive to use the feature – well, until now. Here is a USB hack or work-around for turning any regular USB stick into a Readyboost drive.  First, lets look to see what Windows would like in a Readyboost drive:
  • The USB Key must be at least USB 2.0.
  • The device must be able to do 3.5 MB/s for 4 KB random reads uniformly across the entire device and 2.5 MB/s for 512 KB random writes uniformly across the device.
  • The USB Key has to have at least 64mb of free space.
If your USB key is at least USB 2.0, but is rated slower for the random reads and writes required to use ReadyBoost, more than likely you have seen this message:

readyboost error window

If so, plug in the USB Key, and cancel Autoplay if it pops up. Click on Start button, and select “Computer.” After Windows Explorer opens, in the right window pane find the USB Key you want to use. Right click and select Properties, then select Continue Reading

eBoostr is Readyboost for Windows XP

Vista Readyboost® has seen plenty of press over the last 18 months and although some feel it’s not all that beneficial for those who are drinking the cool aid, you can now get Readyboost for your Windows XP machine. eBoostr works just like Vista Readyboost® where you can use additional memory, such as flash memory, to increase a computers performance.  With the newly developed eBoostrâ„¢, the booting of your OS and applications is much faster thanks to the smart caching mechanism.

eboostr readyboost windows xp

For those who use a laptop as their primary computer, the eBoostr software could really increase performance since laptop hard drives are much slower than mini-tower PCs (to increase battery life) and thus take longer to launch applications and boot up the system. With eBoostr you have all the benefits of Vista Readyboost with the ability to use both USB and non-USB flash memory.  The eBoostr software allows you to assign up to 4 individual devices to enhance performance and each device can cache up to 4GBs worth of application data – or 16GBs total. You can try eBoostr for free with no expiration, but the software only works for 4 hours after boot-up.  To purchase the full version would be $29. Continue Reading

iMONO 39 in 1 Card Reader Makes You Want to Buy Flash

Brando is distributing the new iMONO 39 in 1 card reader. Talk about tight, Brando packed a lot of connectivity into one small USB dongle. Makes you wanna buy some more flash. Albeit a more common trend these days, the iMONO does support the newer SDHC format which is not backward compatible. In addition you have microSD, T-Flash and Sim support.
brando imono card reader
The 39-in-1 card reader is Vista Readyboost compliant despite the fact it doesn’t do much.
imono card reader
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Internal Readyboost Saves USB Port

PQI has a thoughtful approach to USB Readyboost. Rather then sucking up a cherished external USB port PQI is taking an internal approach. Here you see a PQI 2GB memory enhancement for Readyboost via the USB header connector on a motherboard.
PQI internal readyboost
Although it might not enhance the performance of your Vista system, it is a nice internal solution. Maybe PQI knew Readyboost was a bunch of marketing hype and came out the champion to support the PC monopoly all-the-while keeping the commoner happy with the same number of USB ports. But, putting some thought into PQI’s approach there is an advantage. One interesting possibility would be if you could boot from it, as it could make for a great companion for a media center machine if you run some kind of Linux version on it, as you don’t have to waste drive space on the OS. Continue Reading

Windows Readyboost Blows

I’m just a blogger; have written about Readyboost; but never investigated it’s performance. I found an article today from PC World who took a closer look. Basically, it blows. “What is Readyboost you ask?” well it’s a feature of Vista that allows flash memory (like USB Sticks) to be used as additional RAM to boost PC performance.
vista readyboost benchmark
PC World took that claim and put it to the bench. First off, Microsoft indicates that only the best performing flash drives should be used, (3.5MBs per/sec reads and 2.5MBs per/sec writes) so although some web sites claim “use any extra flash drive for Readyboost,” that claim is a bunch of BS. Using the best performing drives from Kingston, Lexar and Ridata it was concluded the Readyboost did improve performance, but only by 4 to 6%. So unless you had a stop watch – BFD!  My Vista upgrade is going to wait. Continue Reading

Vista Readyboost Dream Machine

Brando is distributing the A-Data turbo speed USB flash drive, the PD7. This is a Windows Vista Readyboost dream with 133x (20MB) per second write speeds.

Not sure what’s up with brushed aluminum case, as this is the second release in one day, but it appears to be the trend – what can you say, good looking and durable.

a-data pd7 readyboost

Caution about the Vista Readyboost claim as today Microsoft got slapped with a lawsuit for false Vista compliance ads with regards to compatibility of “signature” features working in peripheral products.

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Lexar is Ready with Readyboost

Yesterday Lexar announced their full line of USB flash drives are Windows Vista Readyboost compliant. I’m starting to believe that being Readyboost compliant should be a standard for any flash drive. Then again, the specification from Windows is very general that any additional flash memory can be flagged for use with Readyboost.
Lexar Readboost
None the less, welcome Lexar; welcome. If you’re interested in seeing what kind of boost Readyboost gives, check out the video. Continue Reading

Bored? Kill 1min 27sec and Watch Vista Load Using USB Readyboost

So… things are a little bit slow this morning with USB so jumping over to YouTube I found this 1min 27sec video on Vista booting up using the USB Readyboost technology. Although it’s not an official test using multiple machines and configurations, I think you’ll conclude that if you’ve got an extra 512MB flash drive laying around, use it for Readyboost. If you want the money shot without video, read the end of this post:
Sorry – Video off Youtube but the point was the benefit isn’t all that great using Readyboost to speed boot process
Results: Without Readyboost – 43 seconds to boot. With Readyboost – 14 seconds. Continue Reading

Install Vista from a USB Flash Drive

With all the Windows Vista buzz flying around on the internet, I asked myself how could USB fit into this, besides the Readyboost power-up feature Vista provides. I found this forum post, via EverythingUSB, and wanted to share it with my USB clan. So here it goes: Why install Windows Vista from a USB flash drive? As any tech savvy would answer: Performance. Installing Windows Vista from a high speed USB flash drive is, most likely, the easiest & fastest way to complete a Windows Vista install. This is much faster than using a DVD, gigabit Ethernet, or external USB hard drives because the differences in access speed & transfer rates.
vista flash drive
Play-by-play guide to installing Vista from a USB flash drive: Continue Reading

What is USB Readyboost? or Readyboost Flash Drives?

Readyboost is add-on memory for your Windows Vista operating system. With Readyboost one may use flash memory devices such as USB flash drives to improve PC performance. USB Readyboost allows increased PC performance without having to install additional memory on the motherboard, but rather externally via USB port. The newly inserted memory serves as additional cache location for RAM – or memory which the computer can access faster then a system hard drive. The Windows Vista OS will allow the user to secure the flash memory space so that other tasks cannot use that memory, for example, once a flash drive has been assigned as the Readyboost flash drive you can no longer use that device to save files or play music or retrieve videos and pictures.
usb readyboost
However, the Readyboost utility does give the user an ability to designate only portions of the memory for improving PC performance.  Need a Readyboost flash drive? Continue Reading

Is that a Switch Blade or New Lexar 360 JumpDrive?

Lexar announced their new Lexar JumpDrive 360 USB Flash Drive at the 2007 CES show. The new style is a capless design and encased in a rotating metal jacket you flip out before use – kinda like a switch blade.
JumpDrive 360
All Lexar drives will now ship with BitLocker Drive encryption software and Windows PE 2.0 for Vista. Of course Lexar is claiming the JumpDrive 360 is compatible with ReadyBoost, but who isn’t making that claim these days. Finally, Lexar will include their PowerToGo software on the JumpDrive 360 and all other devices, which BTW is a spit image of U3. Continue Reading

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