Jul 1, 2009

Optimize your Hard Drive

Did you know that the biggest bottleneck of your PC or laptop is the built-in hard drive? Even the fastest processors and memory chips are slowed down by the lagging data of the mechanical drive.
This leads to:

  • slow copying and moving of files
  • delayed program start
  • irritating pauses when working
  • jolting and interruptions when playing games and video

  • Use the cache! -Normally, Windows and applications write directly to the hard drive, which can quickly lead to a bottleneck. Because whenever a lot of data is written simultaneously, the hard drive quickly reaches its limits, which slows down your PCs performance. However in Windows Vista™ and XP™ it is possible to switch on the cache. The data to be written is first saved “virtually,” which considerably accelerates the write access. Later, when the computer is no longer working at capacity, the data is written from the cache to the hard drive. In this way you work significantly more efficiently and quickly!
  • How to activate the cache:
    Search for the “Device Manager.” To do this press the “R” key while holding down the “WINDOWS” key. Enter the command “devmgmt.msc” in the “Run” dialog box that appears and confirm with “OK.” Now double click on “Disk drives” and then on the hard drive of your computer. (Note: USB drives, card readers, etc. are also shown under “Disk drives”) In the next window click on “Policies” and on “Optimize for performance.” Then select “Enable write caching on the disk” and, if available, also “Enable advanced performance” [good for laptops](only Windows Vista™). Finish by clicking on “OK” and then restart the system.

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