Readyboost Compatibility List

ReadyBoost was a feature, first introdcued in Windows Vista but also present in Windows 7 and Windows 8, that improvef system performance by utilising the capacity of an unused flash memory device, for example a USB stick or SD card.

However, not all flash devices were fast enough to work with ReadyBoost, so I built an early crowd-sourced database to log as many compatible (and known incompatible) drives as possible from around the world.

The database became incredibly popular, attracting thousands of submissions and being featured in many computer magazines around the world. I even received thanks directly from Microsoft for providing this service.

The database isn’t relevant any more – any SSD or hybrid drive will make Readyboost redundant – so I’ve taken it offline to keep my wee corner of the internet neat and tidy.

Further reading

  • If you’re new to ReadyBoost and want to find out more about it, please see my ReadyBoost blog post.
  • If you’re looking for a ReadyBoost compatible device, click any of the brand names below for a complete list of compatible and incompatible device reports.
  • If you’re confused by the inconsistent reports for the Kingston DataTraveler, read this blog post.
  • Want to know why people are reporting sequential write performance when ReadyBoost requires random write performance?

Please note that some devices slower than the recommended speed for ReadyBoost may still be listed as compatible. See this blog post for more details.