Thumb Drives and ReadyBoost

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  1. tobacco

    tobacco Frequent Poster

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    First Off: in case you haven't noticed, there is a thumb drive poll here - https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=281380 if you wish to add any input.

    I'm going to soon purchase a thumb drive and after a bad first experience with a cheap Kingston Data Traveler, am "only looking" at the following brands:

    Corsair
    Lacie
    OCZ
    Patriot


    Would love to hear any comments you have on these 4 brands - either here or in the poll.

    About ReadyBoost: Anyone using ito_O ?

    I'm running a lower end dual core (AMD Turionx2) Vista32 with 3 gigs of DDR2 ram. If i purchase an additional thumb drive 2gig or 4 gig o_O ?, and use it strictly for readyboost, will i notice much of a difference??

    Thanks!
     
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    The first thing you should do, IMO, is to learn about what you want your drive to do. I wanted a drive that had read and write rates of X.

    Performance reviews then showed me which models achieved at or near X. Then I researched to see both product reviews and customer reviews on the brand/model I liked. After I was satisfied I bought it.

    If you don't state criteria other than "a good one" you will get what you get. If you state you want a drive with sustained XX write rate and XX read rate, then you will get recommendations for that specifically.

    I don't know about ReadyBoost, but when you carry your project on a thumb drive, and work on your project from the thumb drive, speed becomes a huge issue. It means when you save something (a spreadsheet etc) you have to wait perhaps 6 seconds on average drives, and almost instant on good drives. Now save quite a lot, and time adds up. ReadyBoost I would think would be one of those things you want the best write and read rates for.

    I chose the corsair flash voyager. It meets and exceeds my expectations. OCZ has some models that are also quite fast from my use, but I think the voyager is faster. I was suprised that a 4gb HP thumb drive was really fast as well. Much faster than what you find at Best Buy type stores.

    HTH.

    Sul.
     
  3. tobacco

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    Hey There Sully

    While i have been completely satisfied with my now 1 year old MSI laptop, if i can improve it's performance using readyboost i will so 1 thumb drive would be for that.

    The other would be multi-purpose:

    - the odd file transfer
    - some file/folder backup
    - running portable apps such as Iron Chrome if i need to and am away from my laptop
     
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    If your system has 2 or more gigs of RAM, performance increase from a USB drive used for Readyboost starts to fall flat. It helps systems that are underpowered (1 gig of RAM)..once you get to 2 gigs, you don't notice much of a boost, you have 3 gigs....

    Also older machines benefit from it more. Todays faster machines, with hard drives that are quite faster than a few years ago, with larger cache...improvement from using Readyboost is dimished again. You mention a laptop, if it has a slower 4,200rpm or sorta slow 5,400rpm drive, you may notice a little bump.
     
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    Even on my '06 Omen ReadyBoost works to noticeably boost launch speeds of my applications. So it works for me.
     
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    Thanks for the comments. I think i might just go ahead and pick up 2 anyways to try out readyboost.

    As for brands, i really like the look of the lacie's :) Cool and easy to carry around! The specs look ok.
     

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    Indeed, very clever design! Tobacco ReadyBoost didn't affect my Vista machine at all (Asus Intel Core2 CPU T7400 @2.16 GHz RAM: 2GB). To have a couple of these around it always helps whether you use ReadyBoost or not.
     
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    a) Two years ago, I had a bad experience with Patriot/2GB. :thumbd:

    b) My Corsair Voyager/128 GB has been very reliable. :thumb:

    I haven't tried Lacie and OCZ...:doubt:
     
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    My 2 cents goes to Corsair as well.
     
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    I personally use Corsair Flash Voyager for Ready Boost. It works fast and very well.
     
  11. tobacco

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    Again, thanks for the comments.

    My readings are telling me the same. Positive thoughts on OCZ and Corsair. Patriot seems to get mixed reviews. Wonder if Lacie is a new player as i'm still searching for feedback on them.
     
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