Why wont my laptop recognize a drive I used for Windows ReadyBoost and how do I use it again?

Robert Martin November 9, 2012

I used a SanDisk 4GB flash drive for ReadyBoost on a laptop about a year ago. That laptop has since died and I have purchased a new laptop. I want to use the ReadyBoost flash drive on my new laptop but my computer will not recognize it.

I have tried to reformat the drive but keep getting a message that the drive is write-protected. How do I fix the flashdrive so I can ReadyBoost it for my new laptop?

  1. dhanunjayarao chunduri
    November 14, 2012 at 2:29 am

    test the usb with any Linux based live cd's if you want one go to here


  2. susendeep dutta
    November 12, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Try neo9 tool to remove write protection -


  3. Jan Fritsch
    November 10, 2012 at 9:15 am

    If I recall correctly any ReadyBoost capable Windows version will recognize that the flash drive was used for this feature and will do so too.

    I suggest you check the ReadyBoost settings on your new computer and make sure it is disabled for this flash drive.

  4. Dimal Chandrasiri
    November 10, 2012 at 7:30 am

    if the driver gets installed but you cannot get into it, just use the disc manager in windows and use it to delete the volume and reformat it again!

  5. Nikhil Chandak
    November 10, 2012 at 4:53 am

    try in some other computers ....

  6. josemon maliakal
    November 10, 2012 at 4:26 am

    Testing the usb using any live linux distros will work..I think..

  7. ha14
    November 9, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    1)download Gparted Live CD. Burn the iso image with Imgburn or other iso burning soft.
    2)Boot the Gparted live CD with the USB flash connected
    3)Select USB drive
    4)Select the partition and then delete.
    5)Create a new partition and reformat. You should format it as FAT32.

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