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    Red face How to speed up your USB Flash drive.

    Hey all, I have been messing around on Windows XP and I have got my flash drive to read at incredible speeds. Here is how you do it.

    Applies to
    Windows 2000 All Versions
    Windows XP Home Edition
    Windows XP Professional
    Windows XP Media Centre
    Windows Vista All Versions
    Does not work with Windows 95,98 and ME.


    Go to my computer, right click on your flash drive, press properties, hardware..

    Select your flash drive from the list

    Hit Properties



    Click the policies tab

    Press optimize for performance



    Hit O.k.

    Format your drive to NTFS (FAT & FAT32 are very slow and it will make no difference to the drive if you format it as FAT or FAT32)

    Before unplugging it, its recommended that you hit 'Eject' in my computer, however, I have not lost data from it by not doing so.

    and you will now have an insanely fast flash drive. My USB 1 flash drive copied at 60MB file over in 3 seconds and my 256MB USB 2 flash drive copied at 256MB file over in a little over 3 seconds also.


    As always, please backup all of your documents and stuff before performing this, and I cannot be held responsible if you loose any data & or it breaks the drive. I have done this to three flash drives, all different manufacturers and makes and none have them have failed.

    Enjoy!

    If anyone has Windows Vista and would like to try it, please let me know how it went.
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    hm, next time I use my vista partition (which I hardly ever do these days) I think I'll try it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gareth Hale View Post
    and I cannot be held responsible if you loose any data & or it breaks the drive.
    haha I like that added part, i should put that in my signature for taking poor advice from me
    What?

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    ill try it out with vista right now

    it was already optemised for preformance and it was set up as fat32 and i could not change it the option was gray:confused:
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    same it already was optimised and i can only reformat it as FAT or FAT32

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    Default Re: How to speed up your USB Flash drive.

    I have windows 7 Ultimate and it works but the performance optimiser isnt available. Oh well it still works.

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    Default Re: How to speed up your USB Flash drive.

    hmm
    I bought a new 32gb flash drive supposedly USB2 - it seems really slow (ebay - 32GB Mini USB 2.0 Flash Memory Stick Pen Drive)
    . Its giving me write speeds of 2.31 MB/Second . My old pny 8gb seems to be more than twice as fast at 5.3MB/Second. This is in conjunction with an SSD on a USB 3 port. Neither of them seem to be comparable to USB 3 disk to disk).
    The READ speeds are too fast to open the speed checker (but I guess about 193MB in 8 seconds).

    How can I tell whether the flash drive is truly USB 1, 2 or 3?

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