One of the interesting new features of Windows Vista is ReadyBoost – a feature that enables you to plug in a USB 2.0 Thumb Drive and have it be usable as cache memory in your system. I wanted to try this out, so I found the newest USB 2.0 drive that I had available: An old SanDisk Cruzer Mini 512MB USB drive. I plugged it in, selected the “Speed up my System” AutoPlay option, and waited to be amazed… Turns out, it’s not fast enough!
Next, I went to Office Depot at lunch and bought a new Lexar 512MB JumpDrive FireFly for $9.99 after rebate. This new drive was acceptable to Vista for ReadyBoost purposes, so now am am doing some testing to see what effect I can see from ReadyBoost.
I remember seeing seeing a pretty impressive demo of ReadyBoost by Jim Allchin at the PDC 2005 Conference. Here are some more details about ReadyBoost.