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Windows 7: Readyboost not working with Patriot XT 8gb USB 2.0

21 Oct 2011   #1
MrPickles

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Readyboost not working with Patriot XT 8gb USB 2.0

I looked for a post about this topic here but i did not see one so if this is a repeat i apologize

I have a Patriot XT 8gb USB 2.0 Thumbdrive that i specifically bought to use Readyboost with but seemingly no matter what i do, Windows 7 says
'This device cannot be used for Readyboost'

I dont understand why though. The drive is sold as Readyboost compatible.
I have tried formatting the drive in both NTFS, Fat32 and exFat with no luck.
I checked that all of my USB ports are 2.0 and they are.

I am completely flumaxed with this issue so any help with this would be great.


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21 Oct 2011   #2
scrooge

win 7 ( 64 bit)
 
 

not sure if this will help but try this link.

ReadyBoost - Setup and Use


scrooge
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21 Oct 2011   #3
MrPickles

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I have already looked at that. I get as far as step 2 and when i say Speed up my System is when i get the error message.
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21 Oct 2011   #4
scrooge

win 7 ( 64 bit)
 
 

found this in that same post .

Hey folks. I didn't see anyone talking about it, but ya know Windows 7 now supports an 8GB RB drive. I am using superfast 8GB sticks on my desktops and an 8GB SDHC in my notebook's multi-drive permanently.

The trick is, they have to be formatted in exFAT to be used. If you use the little popup "Speed up my computer" wizard, you can't do it immediately or on the fly.\

First you have to say no to the prompt, then go to disk management and format the sucker in exFAT.

exFAT is pretty new, so not a lot about it out there, but essentially it is like FAT on steroids, but not NTFS.

Anyway, once formatted, pop it out and back in and take the wizard and enjoy your newfound resources.!

(I have a 4GB desktop and a notebook with 8GB RB and an 8GB desktop with 8GB RB. You can definitely feel the difference.)

scrooge
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21 Oct 2011   #5
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

If you're still having problems getting Windows to use this USB stick with ReadyBoost, you might try using diskpart from a command prompt to completely wipe the stick, then create a new primary partition and format it.

It doesn't actually matter which filesystem you format it with, both exFAT and NTFS will work well. FAT32 will be too limiting as it allows files of at most 4GB in size.

USB sticks, and for that matter any kind of flash memory, can be slowed down by misaligned partitions or formats done with too small a cluster size. Judging from my personal experience, 16KB or 32KB clusters would be ideal.

If you need a step-by-step guide on how to use diskpart to create an aligned partition, let me know and I'll post the steps here (too tired atm).
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21 Oct 2011   #6
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Note that when you plug in a removable flash device and try to use it with ReadyBoost, Windows does a few tests on it to see if it will work. Specifically, the device must be formatted FAT32, exFAT, or NTFS, be at least 256MB in size, be on a USB 2.0 (or higher) bus, and be good for at least 2.5 MB/sec throughout for 4 KB random reads, and 1.75 MB/sec throughout for 512 KB random writes. If ANY of those things fail, Windows will refuse to use the device for ReadyBoost. You can always test the device a second time, and sometimes this actually fixes things. If it doesn't, however, you can open eventvwr and browse to Applications and Services Logs > Microsoft > Windows > Readyboost and see what happened.
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22 Oct 2011   #7
MrPickles

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

thanks for the tips.
I will try these out and get back to you guys.
For the the formating to NTFS or exFAT, should I do a regular format or a quick format?
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22 Oct 2011   #8
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Depends - if the device came formatted from the vendor, it might be worth doing a complete format.
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22 Oct 2011   #9
serpentracer

windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 

ready boost is a waste of time,

http://www.pcworld.com/article/13174...ant_boost.html

if you find yourself needing it and you cannot install more ram then it's ok but it's not something that is the end all answer to your slow computer
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22 Oct 2011   #10
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You do indeed have to be careful when using ReadyBoost - it is basically an additional cache for Superfetch, and also can double as disk cache when the hard disk cache starts to get full under load. If that USB or CF device is markedly slower than main system RAM, it can indeed slow the system down when used. It would still be faster than what would happen if it wasn't added (in most cases....), but yes, it can appear to slow the system down. In general, it is better to simply add RAM than to add a ReadyBoost USB or CF device, although I am aware that on fixed platforms (like laptops and tablets), this isn't always an option.
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