4GB Sandisk Cruzer Micro Flash Drive (Vista Readyboost version) £17.99 delivered @ Amazon
4GB Sandisk Cruzer Micro Flash Drive (Vista Readyboost version) £17.99 delivered @ Amazon

4GB Sandisk Cruzer Micro Flash Drive (Vista Readyboost version) £17.99 delivered @ Amazon

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* ReadyBoost compliant
* Brilliant amber LED
* Hi-Speed USB 2.0 certified (backwards compatible with all USB 1.1 ports)
* Compatible with Windows Vista, 2000, XP and Mac OS X v10.1.2+
* Certified Windows 2000, XP and Mac OS X
* U3 Smart enabled
* Includes the following U3 compatible PC programs: CruzerSync desktop synchronization tool, SignupShield password manager, SKYPE, PC to PC video and audio calls, antivirus software
* Retractable USB connector


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Very hot - been looking for one of these under £20 for some time - many thanks

Looks good to me, voted hot.

Anyone use the ready boost facility for Vista? Does it work & Is it worth it?

I already have a couple of 2gb Verbatims, one of which works with Ready Boost. Good deal though, if you want a 4gb. Trouble is that memory prices are falling so quickly that 8gb will soon be available for not a lot more, and everyone will then want one of those.
I'd say if you already have an adaquate flash drive, wait for an 8gb one at this price. If not, then go for it.

From what I've read theres little if no difference running a Vista Machine with a Readyboost USB stick attached. I was more interested in the capacity and the speed of it.

I've never been a fan of USB sticks which have a lever to extend the USB connector. In my experience they retract themselves when inserting into USB ports. Highly annoying, especially with difficult to reach USB ports!

I've found USB sticks that click the connector in to place tend to have the problem after a period of usage.

what does vista ready boot mean?

Its Ready Boost.
Some info here ]http//gi…php
and here ].

I've not tried it myself, no idea how well it works.


what does vista ready boot mean?

Windows Vista has a new feature that’s designed to give users a quick, simple and cheap way to boost the performance of their Vista-powered PC - it’s called ReadyBoost. But what is ReadyBoost? How does it work and how effective is it? Let’s take a Does ReadyBoost work? In a word, yes.look.

What is ReadyBoost?

ReadyBoost is Windows Vista feature that allows the user to plug a USB flash memory device into a USB 2.0 port on the PC and use it as a cache or virtual memory. The advantage being that it is much faster to cache to the USB drive than caching to your hard disk, speeding up your system and enhancing overall performance. Acting as a fast store for frequently accessed data, the average random 4K read from a flash device is about ten times faster than accessing the same information from the hard drive.

What do you need to use ReadyBoost?

OK, so what are the requirements for ReadyBoost? To make use of ReadyBoost you’ll need:

Windows Vista
PC with a free USB 2.0 port
A USB flash device which is:
- Between 250MB and 4GB in size
- The device must be capable of 2.5MB/sec throughput for 4K random reads and 1.75MB/sec for random writes
It’s important to note that not all flash devices will work with ReadyBoost. First off, the device must be capable of 2.5MB/sec throughput for 4K random reads and 1.75MB/sec for random writes. A device may be marketed as 12MB/sec or x133 speed but beware this could be a measure of of the device’s sequential read performance instead of random read performance. Also, I’ve seen plenty of USB flash drives that contain flash memory chips that aren’t all the same speed. These are useless for ReadyBoost.

It does improve Vista operation.
I'm a mod on a largish dynamic website forum and found moving from page to page in the forums was slower in Vista than XP.
After getting a Sandisk Cruzer 2.0GB USB Flash Drive with Ready Boost I find changing pages is almost instantaneous.

How well it works in other areas I don't know.


The U3 system is great too, stores all my firefox bookmarks, passwords, etc so I don't have to remember the 30 passwords and usernames when i'm not on my own PC (what dya mean, you use the same password for all of your accounts???!)
I've also run xvids in VLC installed on my Cruzer, saves downloading the prog onto the host machine for presentations, or codecs for wmp.

Hence, voted hot!

I notice when my pen drive isn't in, got one of these and it DOES make Vista quicker.
Probably not by much, but every little helps.

The benefits of Ready Boost vary depending on system spec. If you have 2GB of RAM don't even bother with it - it may even slow you down in some cases. If you have 1GB it might bring you a small boost. If you have 512MB... you really should get more RAM but otherwise Ready Boost will help.

not bad but apprantly 64gb is out

at a very cheap price of $4,800!!!!:thumbsup:


not bad but apprantly 64gb is outat a very cheap price of … not bad but apprantly 64gb is outat a very cheap price of $4,800!!!!:thumbsup:

Nice... $75/GB 8-)


Nice... $75/GB 8-)

at those prices, is it not cheaper to buy an external hard drive, i have a lacie one and its about the size of my wallet and prob lighter?

yeh its always like that new tech so expensive

will drop to affordable levels soon enough

watch this spaceee!!!


Is this the Titanium version?



Id rather have the 2gb titanium version for the same price rather than 4gb. Im tired of so many usb drives breaking.
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