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I have a Sandisk Cruzer 2GB with ReadyBoost I just copyed the files it had for other programs on it into a folder & put it in Documents .Incase I ever needed them.Then I deleted everything.I did not format it it still works when plugged in even the ReadyBoost.This freed up about another 1/8th gig.

I really didn't notice the ReadyBoost feature improved Vista any so I usually don't use the flashdrive for that.

The only time you might have a problem in Windows 98se & older won't detect the flash drive.

One reason is those OS's use USB 1.0 & newer uses USB 2.0 .

I found a fix for that on the web but it should be used with caution .The reason it wants you to uninstall any other USB program on your PC if possible.

I used it on my old computer with 98SE & it now detects the drive with no problem.

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I have a 2GB flash drive on my minimac. It's usb 2.0 on Vista.& OS X.4.It runs great as a high speed cache/mem...whathave you. My recommendation when you format the disk is FAT32.  I.M.H.O., more systems would be familiar with that format type then NTFS. Which brings to my mind, I need to catch up on the new WINFS...

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Mine may have already been formated NTFS since it required no formatting.I agree on this.My old 98se is formatted FAT32 & the flashdrive has no problem transfering files from my Vista to it.Usually pics or .txt files.

I tried it in a freinds 98se computer & since it was not upgraded to USB 2.0 it would not detect the drive.

This fixed my 98se when it would not detect the flash drive.  nusb31e.exe

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I think other sites have it too if you want another site.

I had already installed some newer & matched ASPI files & these may have also helped the detection.No way to know since they were installed before I got the new flashdrive.

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