Boot Your PC OS from Your Smartphone to Boost Its Speed

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  • 09 Feb 2013
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  • With Windows 7 and above, Microsoft introduced a method to speed up the system when the quantity of RAM was less then recommended, by using an external USB drive. This allowed for certain prefetched files to be accessed faster, therefor gaining the system some speed.


    It is now very common to use a USB drive to boot up a system and install the OS on a local hard drive. People that like to test a lot of Linux distributions don’t have the time to install each one on the internal hard drive. Under these circumstances one very good solution is to have a bootable USB stick and copy the OS there. Thus you can run it without having to install it to the HDD. Using DriveDroid for Android by softwarebakery is about the same, though the app offers increased functionality. It lets you store bootable .img and .iso files on your device and with the help of some clever programming, boot the OS from your phone. One disadvantage to it, though not unexpected, is that it requires a rooted device.

    Using DriveDroid you can boot live distributions of Linux or create a Windows install environment, with the guidance of the developer’s web page.   The app also provides a built-in download engine that allows you to get the most popular Linux distributions on your device. The developer has placed a great effort into designing the app but you must keep in mind that it hasn’t reached a final form, given the only six months of lifetime. At the moment, most OS distributions images will run from your Android smartphone without a problem and given the speed internal memory, they should run very fast. The problem is not all Linux versions will run, though the developer has promissed to increase compatibility over time.


    A free version of DriveDroid is provided on the Store, along with a Paid version for little over $1.


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