Patriot Xporter XT 4GB USB ReadyBoost Flash Drive (Google Checkout) £27.53 - HotUKDeals
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The Xporter XT High Speed USB Flash Drive provides an ultra fast 200X read speed, making it one of the fastest USB flash drive in the market. Designed with a durable water and shock resistant housing, the XT is a perfect combination of speed and reliability giving users the freedom to transport their data with ease.

The Xporter XT package includes a USB drive, USB cable, cap holder, lanyard and a lifetime warranty.

* Features Hi Speed USB 2.0 Compatible (backwards compatible to USB 1.1)
* Up to 32MB/s read speed
* Easy plug and play functionality
* Durable water and shock resistant housing
* Driverless in Windows ME/2K/XP, Mac OS 9.x, OS X, Linux with USB storage support
* Includes cap holder and chain to prevent lost caps
* Dimension: 73mm Length, 24mm Width, & 13mm Thickness
* Enhanced for Microsoft Visita Readyboost
* Lifetime Warranty

Technical Details:
Capacity 4GB
Compatible slots Hi Speed USB 2.0 Compatible (backwards compatible to USB 1.1)
Dimensions 73mm Length, 24mm Width, & 13mm Thickness
Plug and play Yes
Read speed Up to 32MB/s read speed
System requirements Driverless in Windows ME/2K/XP, Mac OS 9.x, OS X, Linux with USB storage support
Warranty Lifetime Warranty

I know you can probably pick up generic 4GB flash sticks for cheaper but this is a great price for a branded, guaranteed ReadyBoost compatible, and fastest stick on the market. I've seen these go for up to £80 in previous months.


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I don't know the technicalities of why, but I read that microsoft recommends at least a 1:1 ratio between RAM and readyboost memory - Vista uses the flash memory as a paging file, and can access it more quickly than having the paging file on the hard disk. If the readyboost drive is too big, it's a bit of a waste... so this would be particularly useful if you have 4gb of RAM...
Not strictly true, readyboost will cache program files and loaded DLL files as well, not just paging files. When selecting ReadyBoost in the flash drive properties you can allocate exactly how much space you want to use out of any free space left, though by default Vista will automatically allocate an initial amount - this may well be nothing greater than the installed RAM, but only for the reason that Vista won't put all its eggs in one basket by using only the flash drive and hardly any system RAM. Most high end PCs now come with 2GB RAM and expect to see 4GB anyway within the next year as standard - you know how OSes go, bloat, bloat and more bloat! ;)

Also just to point out that 4GB is the maximum though, Vista won't use any more than this (235MB is the minimum), and currently Vista uses (AES 128 ) compression on flash drive caching so 4GB can effectively become 8GB anyway. Future updates may allow more than one device to be used, ie 2x 4GB drives, as well as the ability to use the flash drive across networks.

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