Right SD for ReadyBoost drive


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Hope this question has not been asked before. I am looking into buying an
SD--or something similar--as a ReadyBoost device for my laptop--Fujitsu
LifeBook A3040 to improve its performance. (My laptop only has one gig of PC
2700 RAM, and the HD is slow as well--4200 rpm). What kind of SD or
something similar should I buy?

I tried the 50X Kingston SD for my digital cam in the internal flash reader
in my laptoop, but Vista(Business) says that it is not fast enough to work as
the ReadyBoost device!

Don't like to use a USB 2 thumb drive as the ReadyBoost device, because it
sticks out and has to be disconnected and reconnected every time! With an SD
or any compact flash card, it can sit inside the card reader without being
disconnected and reconnected all the time!

Any info is appreciated!
 
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Dale M. White

I think your laptop should be new enough to support a 1GB memory stick. You
might want to give a hard though to grabbing more memory for it
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820141209

I just bought a 133x SD from Corsair card for the kid's Wii. Amazing how
cheap you can get a 2GB card for. ($32) I don't know that would be any
better than the 50x, as I couldn't tell any speed difference copying files
back and forth from the 50x 512MB card I had.

I looked at the quickspecs, and it says 1GB max supported. But a number of
times, that's because there wasn't 1GB chips out when they wrote the limit.
Back in the old Pentium 2 days, the Motherboard said 384MB was the max
supported, but when I got some 256MB chips, it saw and worked with all
784MB.

Though it might cost a tad more, you might trying taking the laptop to
CompUSA or BestBuy and tell them, if the 1GB chip works, then you'll buy it.
They might be willing to pop it in right there to see. You might have to
barter with them on whether you'll pay their installtion costs. Or you could
just buy the chip, try it, if it doesn't work. Take it back (check the
return policy)

I seriously think your only 2 real options are get more memory in the laptop
or use a high speed flash drive (the OCZ Rally 2 is a fast little sucker,
and now at $60 is a steal)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820227145
 
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Steve Jain

Hope this question has not been asked before. I am looking into buying an
SD--or something similar--as a ReadyBoost device for my laptop--Fujitsu
LifeBook A3040 to improve its performance. (My laptop only has one gig of PC
2700 RAM, and the HD is slow as well--4200 rpm). What kind of SD or
something similar should I buy?

I tried the 50X Kingston SD for my digital cam in the internal flash reader
in my laptoop, but Vista(Business) says that it is not fast enough to work as
the ReadyBoost device!

Don't like to use a USB 2 thumb drive as the ReadyBoost device, because it
sticks out and has to be disconnected and reconnected every time! With an SD
or any compact flash card, it can sit inside the card reader without being
disconnected and reconnected all the time!

Any info is appreciated!

I have sucessfully used a PQI 1GB SD, it's the hi-speed 133 version in
my Toshiba M400.
I've tried 60x and they are also too slow for readyboost.
 
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GreenWing

broccolibeef said:
Hope this question has not been asked before. I am looking into buying an
SD--or something similar--as a ReadyBoost device for my laptop--Fujitsu
LifeBook A3040 to improve its performance. (My laptop only has one gig of
PC
2700 RAM, and the HD is slow as well--4200 rpm). What kind of SD or
something similar should I buy?

I tried the 50X Kingston SD for my digital cam in the internal flash
reader
in my laptoop, but Vista(Business) says that it is not fast enough to work
as
the ReadyBoost device!

Don't like to use a USB 2 thumb drive as the ReadyBoost device, because it
sticks out and has to be disconnected and reconnected every time! With an
SD
or any compact flash card, it can sit inside the card reader without being
disconnected and reconnected all the time!

Any info is appreciated!

I was able to get a regular 1GB SanDisk SD card to work in my
laptop...However for some reason my HP laptop requires it to be re-inserted
each time I power off/back on...

Today I was able to get the SanDisk Cruzer Micro 4GB (USB flash drive) to
work...For me this is a better solution over SD, but I would have preferred
to have used an SD card...

BTW, your SD card reader may be more important than the actual card used...I
was not able to get the exact same 1GB SD card to work on my SONY VIAO
desktop...Vista said it was not fast enough...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820171121 A lot less
expensive than say CC or BB

Greenwing
 
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