USB Flash Drive Speed & Windows® XP

Ways to increase USB flash drive's speed when using it with Windows® XP.

There are many ways to increase the speed and data transfer rate of a pen drive/flash drive. The USB flash drive can be made to function twice as fast by following some very simple steps. The transfer rate also depends on the capacity of your USB flash drive and of course the brand. Here are a few steps to make your USB flash drive function quicker:

  • Optimizing USB’s performance

  • Formatting the USB flash drive

  • Boosting the USB drive

Optimizing USB’s performance

This is the simplest method of speeding up your USB flash drive. Connect your USB flash drive to the computer, and then open ‘My Computer’. Right-click on the drive letter of the USB flash drive and then click ‘Properties’. In the new window that opens, click the ‘Policies’ tab. You will see two options: ‘Optimize for quick removal’ and ‘Optimize for performance’. The first option is set by default. You will have to change it to the second option i.e. ‘Optimize for performance’.

Formatting the USB flash drive

This is the simplest way of making sure that your flash drive is cleaned of all potential viruses and large unused files. In order to do this, you will have to format your USB flash drive with the NTFS file system by simply selecting the format option from the drop-down menu.

Boosting the USB flash drive

There are software available that will enable you to boost the performance of your USB flash drive. These applications can make your flash drive into another layer of performance-boosting cache for Windows® XP. All you have to do is plug in your flash drive, and select the amount of space to be used to speed up system performance. This usually gives the best results with Microsoft® Office programs. Optimizing the speed of USB flash drives is also very useful for laptop owners as RAM upgrades are costly.

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