No one likes waiting for Windows to boot up but a flash memory drive from Samsung could improve system performance. The 4GB drive will take advantage of the ReadyBoost feature in Windows Vista and store information that would otherwise be written to the hard disk. That will lead to a boost in performance, says Samsung.

The technology is one of several that Microsoft is building into Windows Vista to increase system responsiveness and eliminate those annoying waits that are forced on users when programs are starting. Among the others are ReadyDrive, in which flash memory is added to hard-disk drives to act as a temporary memory cache. Another technology, SuperFetch, anticipates what programs and documents might be next required and preloads them so that they start faster when called by the user. Look for the drive in new laptops due out later this year.

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