If you're like me and have numerous flash drives laying around the house, you may benefit from using them to make a slow computer faster.
For users of Microsoft Windows 7 and Vista (w/ updates) you can use your flash drives as a type of hybrid-SSD for your computer. How does this translate? Faster!
Just about everything is faster now with Solid State Drives (SSD), but much more expensive. Also, SSD's have less storage, so they may not even be an option even if price isn't an obstacle. So if you can recycle your flash drives to speed up your other computers, why not give it a shot?
I might speed up a desktop PC with a flash drive at work, but for my laptop, I just can't risk having a flash drive measuring 1.25" potentially getting broken. Solution? A micro flash drive.
That little thing can be left in my laptop all the time with very little need to worry. My friend has one the same size for a wireless mouse she leaves in all the time. Her laptop slides in and out of the case without getting latched onto anything.
>> Do this to speed up your laptop cheap! <<
I bought 2 of them, 4GB each. Microsoft recommends having 1 to 3 times as much storage on your flash drive as you have ram. My laptop has 3GB RAM and my wife's has 2GB RAM. Considering laptop hard drives are often times slower (5,400 RPM vs 7,200 RPM) than normal hard drives, this performance increase should be even more significant on a laptop.
Configure Microsoft ReadyBoost with your flash drive using THESE INSTRUCTIONS.
After I've used this for some time, I'll make a new post and update this one with a link for a "Microsoft ReadyBoost Review."
*After thought: There are a lot of PC's being offered now for typical home/office work with (in my opinion) slightly sub-par components for $99-$200. Recycling your existing flash drive can be a cheap way to really improve load times and thus overall value on that cheap PC. Of course there's no extra cost and one less thing laying around your office too.
Flash Drive Benchmarks