Make Your USB Flash Drive Faster




In this instructable I will show you how to make your USB Flash Drive's speed pretty fast. Please make backups of your drive as many people don't use safely remove and if you don't use it after doing this instructable then you are screwed (meaning that you've lost all of your data permanently). 

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Step 1: Modification Time!!!!

1. Backup your Flash Drive
2. Go in My Computer and find your flash drive.
3. Then right click and select properties.

Step 2: Deep in the Heart of the Flash Drive

Go from top to bottom, ie click hardware, then select your Flash Drive from the list, then click on properties.

Step 3: Deeper in the Heart of the Beloved Flash Drive

Select the policies tab and then read the two options. Now you decide if you want to do it or not. (no pressure!!)

Step 4: Oh, Yeeaahhh!!!!


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    3 years ago

    If you have trouble accessing the policies tab. please use the device manager option from my computer properties menu. then select the flash drive from the storage devices then properties on right clicking and change from there.

    Good luck


    Reply 3 years ago

    After step 2, at the bottom of the "General" tab, there's a "Change settings" button which you need to click in order to show the "Policies" tab.


    3 years ago

    For my USB 3.0 flash drive, the read and write speeds didn't change at all. At this point, I think for more speed I'm going to have to use a different file format.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    USB flash drive
    will work faster if it is branded. There are many companies in the market for
    manufacturing USB flash drive. I found few of them good for buying USB Flash


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Doesn't improve that much, and you always have to remove safely which its a bother

    Better Technology is the better way.. here is a good guide to buy the best for your needs, i am gonna buy the Sandisk Extreme 3.0, not as good as lexar's for speed, but great deal


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Technically, I think it only speeds up the flash drive because it's writing to a cache. When you remove the drive, by doing safely remove hardware, you have to wait for it to write the cache back to the flash drive. For copying a single file, or a group of files, I doubt this would net you any time. If you're doing a bunch of writing and reading to and from the drive (such as when you're using portable apps), I can see this saving a lot of time.

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    This is correct. The reason for using the "safely remove hardware" method is to give the pc a chance to dump the cache back onto the flash drives memory. Your read/write times will be marginally faster, but the time you save in reading and writing will be used up while the drive is being written to. Also, there have been plenty of times when the drive has been removed form the pc without safely doing it, and I have never had any major problems. I have ended up with corrupt or missing files, but no damage has ever been done that a format hasn't been able to fix.