Temporary storage units like pen drive, media card, USB etc. are finding tremendous demand day by day. And, several storage device manufacturers turning up numerous devices that act as Solid State data containers. Among those, the USB drive has emerged as a grave outcome.
This handy storage kit consists of a flash memory and an integrated USB (Universal Serial Bus) interface. It is enough potential to hold several Gigabytes of your data.
Even though USB drive has all these technical aces, it needs to be optimized in a right way. Else, USB user will experience an intolerable sluggishness. So, what are the ways to unlock maximum competence and gain full speed of a USB drive?
Don’t starch your head! In this editorial, you will find the latest techniques that definitely speed up your USB drive. All you need to do is follow these simple USB tricks and tips, and increase the performance of your USB flash effortlessly.
Technique 1: Boost Performance
This method tells your computer that how to handle the USB Drive.
- Connect your USB drive to computer
- Go to My Computer
- Find your USB drive
- Right-click on it
- Choose Properties
- Switch to Hardware tab
- Select the USB drive from All disk drives list
- Click on Properties
- Go to Policies (switch to General -> Change settings)
- Opt Optimize for performance
- Hit OK button
Technique 2: Update drivers
Drivers are the key factors for a computer to access the USB drive. You need to be updated since new updates that come often are more advanced and capable of managing device functionalities. So, ensure you have the latest updates.
- Launch Device Manager
- Expand the Universal Serial Bus controllers tree
- Right-click on each driver
- Select Update Driver Software option
- Complete the update procedure by following displayed guidelines
Technique 3: Format the USB Drive
You can easily format a USB drive. But, back up entire files present on the drive before you format it. Sometimes, old/virus affected USB drives don’t allow you to access it. In case, your USB drive is not showing files that are saved on it then scan it once using a good antivirus tool and fetch its data.
Here’s what you can do to protect your flash drive from virus attacks.
- Attach the USB with your system
- Go to My Computer
- Right-Click on the USB
- Select Format option
- Choose NTFS for File System (opt FAT 16 for Win XP, Server 2003/2008)
- Hit Start button
- Click OK when done
Apart from above-listed methods, you should also pay heed on factors like health of your computer, RAM capacity, processor speed, copying/moving one file and accessing one USB drive at a time, closing all other running apps while using USB drive, ejecting the drive after system shows “Safe to remove hardware” message.