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How to install PortableApps on U3 flash drive?

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How to install PortableApps on U3 flash drive?

Just ordered a 1Gb extreMemory U3 flash drive that comes with pre-loaded software (Thunderbird, Migo and U Safe).
From a rapid browse of this site, i understand U3 slows down performance of drive. If that so, can i load PortableApps "outside" of the U3 platform(?) so that these will run faster?
(Btw cool, uncluttered site with some great work. Congrats John(?))
paul b.

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Standard portable apps can be installed to a U3 drive. Just create a directory structure and install as normal. They just won't show up in the U3 launchpad.

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Thanks

So will they run faster than U3 apps?
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Bout the same

My apps will run the same. Portable Firefox and Firefox for U3 are basically the same app. And will run the same speed from the same drive... though you'll lose the LaunchPad integration by using PFF on a U3 drive.

The speed issues are more in relation to the actual speed of the drive. The controller, flash ram and format of a drive affect speed. There's a 40x difference in speed between the slower drives and the faster... yet they're all marked USB 2.0 High Speed. Price isn't always a good indicator either.

The drive I currently use is a 1GB Lexar Jumpdrive Lightning. It's one of the fastest drives out there. It's much faster than the drive I use for U3 app testing: a Geek Squad 1GB. I paid $100 for the Geek Squad drive. I paid $56 for the Lightning.

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