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    Flash drives

    Can someone please recommend some good brands? Are there any that can put on a key chain and also is it best to get one the requires a password or without, please?

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    I like my Crucial drive.. its a gizmo. I don't think adding a password is worth it either since the drivers that come with that software waste space on it IMO.

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    U3

    2GB Cruzer Titanium SanDisk www.sandisk.com
    www.u3.com u3-Compliant Key Drive

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    got A scan disk with U3 - 1GIG for 20$ at best-buy.

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    Honestly they all work quite the same..I use Crucial Gizmos since we order a lot of memory from them...get good discounts..they're running another good deal now.

    http://www.crucial.com/store/listmfg...drives+storage

    Think the special this week...purchase some RAM...get a 1 gig Gizmo for 14 bucks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YeOldeStonecat View Post
    Honestly they all work quite the same.
    Some have a big difference in performance, with Vista's ready boost the faster ones will be more sought after.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YARDofSTUF View Post
    Some have a big difference in performance, with Vista's ready boost the faster ones will be more sought after.
    lol yeah i've already read a few ways to get around that admin feature to block the use of them in Vista

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sava700 View Post
    lol yeah i've already read a few ways to get around that admin feature to block the use of them in Vista
    To block the ready boost feature?

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    I use a Corsair Voyager - very good drive imho - never had a problem w/ it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YARDofSTUF View Post
    To block the ready boost feature?
    Vista has a admin setting to block the USB ports from being accessed..mostly in part of flash drives cause in the work place people are using them to steal info and such.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sava700 View Post
    Vista has a admin setting to block the USB ports from being accessed..mostly in part of flash drives cause in the work place people are using them to steal info and such.
    Ah! That makes more sense.

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    yea, i have a 4GB SD card, on a card reader, that handles my readyboost. i do notice a difference in app load time
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    Quote Originally Posted by YARDofSTUF View Post
    Some have a big difference in performance, with Vista's ready boost the faster ones will be more sought after.
    I just bought a Lexar jumpdrive lightning. 22mb/s read and 15mb/s write. This does make a difference with readyboost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YARDofSTUF View Post
    Some have a big difference in performance, with Vista's ready boost the faster ones will be more sought after.
    I'm talking about current generations of drives....I've seen some articles that compare different generations...but regardless...if you build your Vista rig with a fast drive and adequate RAM, most of the tests I've seen show readyboost doesn't really make a diff. For older slower rigs with less RAM...yeah, can to a degree. Readyboost was designed for machines with less than 1 gig of RAM.
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    RE: ReadyBoost Q&A

    Windows Vista > Features Explained > Performance >Windows ReadyBoost
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvist...rformance.mspx link
    |...
    | Windows ReadyBoost introduces a new concept in add-on system memory.
    | You can use nonvolatile flash memory devices, such as universal serial bus (USB) flash drives,
    | to improve performance without having to add memory "under the hood."
    | The flash memory device serves as an additional memory cache—that is,
    | memory that the computer can access much more quickly than it can access data on the hard disk drive.
    | ...


    Tom Archer's Blog
    ReadyBoost Q&A http://blogs.msdn.com/tomarcher/arch...02/615199.aspx link
    |...
    | Q: Ok... 256M-4GB is a pretty big range... any recommendations?
    | A: Yes. We recommend a 1:1 ratio of flash to system memory at the low end
    | and as high as 2.5:1 flash to system memory.
    | Higher than that and you won't see much benefit.
    |
    | Q: Isn't this just putting the paging file onto a flash disk?
    | A: Not really - the file is still backed on disk.
    | This is a cache - if the data is not found in the ReadyBoost cache,
    | we fall back to the HDD.
    |
    | Q: Aren't Hard Disks faster than flash? My HDD has 80MB/sec throughput.
    | A: Hard drives are great for large sequential I/O.
    | For those situations, ReadyBoost gets out of the way.
    | We concentrate on improving the performance of small, random I/Os, like paging to and from disk.
    |...

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