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Windows 7: Readyboost HELP

08 Jan 2010   #1
koondawg06

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Readyboost HELP

Hello all,
I must say whoever made this web forum did a fantastic job! I'm not sure if I'm in the right subform but I have a question about readyboost.

I have Windows 7 installed on my Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop. My laptop came preloaded with Windows Vista, and I have since then upgraded. I have a built in SD reader slot on my laptop in which I have been trying to use it for Readyboost using an SD card.

Here's the problem. I have four SD cards that I have tried to get to work using ReadyBoost. I have one 1GB SanDisk, one 1GB off brand, one 4GB High-Speed 150x Turbo SD card made by A-Data, and one 4GB Sandisk Ultra II SDHC card with 15 mb/s* specifications. I have seen on various sites that the 150x and Ultra II cards SHOULD work for readyboost. BUT, when I go to event viewer after running some tests I usually get a message such as this:

"The device (Unknown Unknown) will not be used for a ReadyBoost cache because it has insufficient read performance: 1881 KB/sec."

I first thought maybe my A-data card had a bad sector or something because I bought it used on eBay, so I went and bought this Ultra II card at Walmart brand new.

It didn't work on Vista either. However, when I plug a USB flash drive (8GB SanDisk) Readyboost says that it meets the requirements for readyboost. Does anyone have ANY suggestions on how to make Readyboost work for my SD slot? I want to use it then so I don't have to pull any drives when I go traveling.


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08 Jan 2010   #2
FZ21Z

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 ®™
 
 

Have you updated the drivers for it?
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08 Jan 2010   #3
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Did the card you bought have Readyboost on the package?
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09 Jan 2010   #4
koondawg06

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

When I view the properties of the devices under the hardware tab, the Update Driver... and Rollback driver... are grayed out. Also, the package does not say anything about readyboost.. But I wasn't aware that any manufacturers advertised that they were readyboost compatible yet.

Here's the specs on the SanDisk Ultra II:
Amazon.com: SanDisk Ultra II SDHC 4GB SD Memory Card (SDSDRH-004G-A11, US Retail Package): Electronics
Speed Class Rating of 4
Up to 15mb/s read/write speeds...

You'd think it'd work? Some of my co-workers in my IT department tell me that just a plain old SD card works on theirs...
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09 Jan 2010   #5
noobvious

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by koondawg06 View Post
Hello all,
I must say whoever made this web forum did a fantastic job! I'm not sure if I'm in the right subform but I have a question about readyboost.

I have Windows 7 installed on my Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop. My laptop came preloaded with Windows Vista, and I have since then upgraded. I have a built in SD reader slot on my laptop in which I have been trying to use it for Readyboost using an SD card.

Here's the problem. I have four SD cards that I have tried to get to work using ReadyBoost. I have one 1GB SanDisk, one 1GB off brand, one 4GB High-Speed 150x Turbo SD card made by A-Data, and one 4GB Sandisk Ultra II SDHC card with 15 mb/s* specifications. I have seen on various sites that the 150x and Ultra II cards SHOULD work for readyboost. BUT, when I go to event viewer after running some tests I usually get a message such as this:

"The device (Unknown Unknown) will not be used for a ReadyBoost cache because it has insufficient read performance: 1881 KB/sec."

I first thought maybe my A-data card had a bad sector or something because I bought it used on eBay, so I went and bought this Ultra II card at Walmart brand new.

It didn't work on Vista either. However, when I plug a USB flash drive (8GB SanDisk) Readyboost says that it meets the requirements for readyboost. Does anyone have ANY suggestions on how to make Readyboost work for my SD slot? I want to use it then so I don't have to pull any drives when I go traveling.
Have you tried the cards more than once?

I'm guessing you probably have, but I figured I would ask, because my Corsair 8GB flash drive initially gave me a "this device is not sufficient" message, and just for the hell of it, I tried it a second time, and suddenly it worked.

The device didn't change at all, so I have no explanation as to why it suddenly worked.
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09 Jan 2010   #6
Nemix

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Try finding the latest drivers for your reader first. If you can't skip to below step anyway but try to find updated drivers afterward if possible, it will give you better performance and less problems with the ReadyBoost.

Reformat the card in NTFS (do full format) and go to Control Panel\Device Manager\Disk Drives\"Your SD Card or Reader"\, select and right click 'Properties' on "Your SD Card or Reader", select the 'Policies' tab, mark 'Better Performance' and hit 'OK'.

Afterwards enable ReadyBoost like normal (recommend = 'Dedicate this Drive for ReadyBoost'), it should past.

Hope it's not too cluttered but works for me on all my SD/USB drives with no ReadyBoost sticker.

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09 Jan 2010   #7
koondawg06

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yes, I have tried plugging the SD cards in multiple times, and testing them multiple times also.

I went to Dell's website to find the latest drivers but for my model they only have drivers for Windows XP and Vista 32-bit. I am running Windows 7 64-bit. I briefly googled the drivers I needed but couldn't really find anything. I had windows search for the drivers automatically and it said the drivers I had were the latest.

Under device manager it has my reader listed as "SDA Standard Compliant SD Host Controller" When I view the properties I only have four tabs: General, Driver, Details, and Resources... No such policies tab

Any other suggestions? I'm stumped...
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09 Jan 2010   #8
Nemix

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

You should have the card in the reader before going to device manager.

If I remember correctly in device manager either look for your SD card or reader and right click properties. This worked for me on two different laptops both with Vista and 7 and all cards not being Readyboost certified.

Would you mind snipping the device manager with 'disk drives' expanded and card inserted?
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09 Jan 2010   #9
koondawg06

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Ok.. I checked the Policies tab under the properties and better performance was the default option for the device. I've also formatted the drive each of the different ways including FAT32 with no change in readyboost working. I wonder if my reader isn't fast enough itself?
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09 Jan 2010   #10
Nemix

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Well then I'm not any help anymore.

I've never heard of a card reader, SD card or USB stick that defaults to performance in Windows XP, Vista or 7.

Either I'm not explainning things right, your card reader is not properly recognized by Windows, your Windows is acting funny or you are doing something wrong.

I've used a 2GB SanDisk Cruzer Micro for ReadyBoost on both Vista and 7, all three Windows XP, Vista and 7 defaults to 'Quick Removal' for data lost precautions when first recognized by the OS; not too mention my 2GB SanDisk Cruzer is not Readyboost approved it is just average in transfer speed but my Transcend 8GB card is 1.5x faster but failed for Readyboost the first time in Windows 7, surprise, surprise?...

Anyhow, I've tried my best...good luck with Readyboost.


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