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Speed Up That Drive

Here’s a quick one, but I promise you, it’s a good one!

If you have an external drive that is always plugged into your computer, did you know that with Windows Vista or Windows 7, you can enable write caching to speed up the performance significantly when writing to the disk? Well, you can! Let’s learn more about it, shall we?!

Write caching isn’t enabled by default for external drives, because removable devices could lose data if you unplug them too quickly. So, be sure to take care when using this setting. To change this setting, just type Device Manager into the Start menu search box and hit Enter, or click on the Device Manager link.

Browse down to the external drive that you wish to enable write caching on, and double click it to open up the Properties screen. Or, you can right click and select Properties.

Now, just change the setting to Optimize for performance in Vista, or Better Performance in Windows 7, and click OK to continue. You’ll have to reboot your computer for the setting to take effect. Once done, you can go on and enjoy all the additional speed!

~ Ramachandran Kumaraswami