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    Hi -

    Is it ok to keep the drive in the computer all the time, or should it be removed before shutting down? Thank you.

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    Uncle,

    Shouldn't hurt to leave it in. After all, Microsoft Windows Vista & 7 have a speed boost option that makes use of these devices and they are designed to be there all the time.
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    Thanks. I am working with WinXP. Still okay??

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    RetiredGeek has your answer really.ALL,Microsoft Windows & Vista & 7 have a speed boost option that makes use of these devices and they are designed to be there all the time.
    Just didn't put in the (&). BIG type O .Human error.
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    The only issue you could run into is that your boot process could hang if a USB drive is listed in the boot order in BIOS. If you can boot with the USB drive plugged in, you can leave itt in all the time if you prefer.
    The speed up option referred to earlier is called Ready Boost and is present in XP as well. You flash drive has to meet minimum speed requirements for it to work and you would lose some flash drive space. To enable Ready Boost, open Windows explorer, select the Flash drive, right click and select properties. You should see a Ready Boost tab where it will tell you if the drive is fast enough and allow you to select Ready Boost operation. Personally, I don't see any speed up with it but your milage may vary especially if you don't have much system memory installed.

    Jerry

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    Thank you, Jerry.

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