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Speed Up Those Drives

Thursday, December 27th, 2007 by | Filed Under: System Tune-Up Help

Speed Up Those Drives

If you didn’t know, Windows Vista operates external hard drives that are connected via USB differently than internal drives. Write caching is disabled so that you can safely remove the drive at almost any time. This is a great feature for USB flash drives that are frequently inserted and removed from your computer. But, if you have a large hard drive in an external enclosure that you never disconnect from your computer, write caching is also disabled, which can decrease performance. So, let’s change that around a little, shall we?!

Today, I’m going to show you a tweak that will increase the performance of your external hard drive by turning the write cache back on, as well as, activating an advanced performance. Let’s get started!

1.) First, in Vista, right click on the Computer icon on your desktop and select Manage.

2.) Click on Device Manager from the side menu.

3.) Next, expand the Disk Drives option and locate your external drive from the list.

4.) Once you’ve found it, right click on the drive and select Properties.

5.) Under the Policies tab, select Optimize for Performance.

6.) Next, checkmark both the options of “Enable write caching on the disk” and “Enable advanced performance,” as shown below:

7.) Hit OK and then restart your computer.

That’s all you have to do. Now, go on and enjoy your increased performance!

~ Ramachandran Kumaraswami

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