SD, Memory Stick Duo, USB flash cards ReadyBoost or not

Storage/Other by SidneyWong @ 2007-06-23

Prices for mainstream Digital Cameras over 7 mega pixels are going down and they are becoming more affordable, and so do flash memory cards. Would these cards be Windows Vista ReadyBoost ready other than USB? We round up a few of these cards for comparison today.

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A few days ago, an online webshop selling thousands of computer parts, was kind enough to send in three flash cards for us to toy around with.

With a few of my own, I figure it may be a good time to take a look at Vista ReadyBoost feature and how it works with these cards. Tiny Digital Camera nowadays offer excellent features along with much higher resolution and the ability to take continuous AVI video at a tolerable 640x480 resolution. While 1 GB flash card was quite enough last year, 2 and 4 GB card pricings have come down substantially that it would only make sense to "upgrade".

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From my collection:

  • SanDisk 1GB Cruzer USB
  • Visiontek 1GB USB
  • Toshiba 1GB SD

    With the addition of 3 cards from, we now have a total of 7.

  • Kingston Traveler 4GB USB flash
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  • SanDisk 2GB Memory Stick Duo
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  • SanDisk 4GB SD card
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  • All of the tests will be done on a Gateway MT3705 laptop and two digital cameras: Canon SD1000 and Sony CyberShot.

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    Laptop Specifications:
  • Intel Pentium 1.6 Core Duo 1MB Cache
  • 100 GB hard drive 4200 rpm
  • Vista Home Premium with latest update
  • Built in SD, XD, Memory Pro Stick reader
  • DVD R/W
  • ATI 200M Express chipset onboard graphic card share memory
  • 1280x800 14.1" display
  • 1x1GB PC5300
  • 1x512 PC4200
  • 2x1GB PC5300

    We will also find out if SD and memory Stick Pro could be used as Vista ReadyBoost Device ->
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    Comment from Sidney @ 2007/06/23

    Received another card reader from .... it does not read SDHC card 4GB and higher, insofar only SanDisk Micromate does.

    The fellow here is having the same problem. read=y