How To Enable Write Caching On An External Hard Drive (2020)
- June 16, 2020
- Posted by: Craig Chamberlin
- Category: Microsoft Windows
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This lesson can be found within my book 27 Amazing Windows 10 Performance Boosting Tips: A Complete Visual Guide For Beginners, Intermediates & Experts. The goal of this lesson is to teach the user How To Enable Write Caching On An External Hard Drive in 2020, This lesson is performed using a complete visual guide. First, we will assess the primary skill one user will obtain through the lesson. Second, a brief risk analysis of how the lesson can impact system performance and security. Finally, we conclude with learning why this particular lesson is important.
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Why Learning How To Enable Write Caching On An External Hard Drive (2020) Is Important:
Does This Lesson Require An External USB Or Hard Drive?
There are many tweaks for optimizing Windows 10 performance, but not all of them can be considered a niche. This trick is very niche because it requires a USB stick or external hard drive. Now I know what you’re thinking, where am I going to find these kinds of devices? I’m kidding, we probably all have about 15 of them in our drawer. Windows has a feature called write caching.
This feature of write caching allows a USB stick to hold information before writing it to the hard drive temporarily. Now I know this sounds technical, but it’s not that complicated. Direct hard drive read and write times can cause delays. Allowing a rapid read and write device such as a USB 3.0 stick allows Windows to leverage its storage as a launching platform for writing to the hard drive.
Will I Get Much Benefit From This If I Have A Solid State Drive?
Now, if you have a solid-state hard drive, you’re not going to see much benefit from this. If you’re not sure if you have a solid-state hard drive, Windows gives an effortless way for you to determine the hard drive media type. Built into the Windows defragmentation tool is a media type detector. To launch it, click on the start menu button and type in defragment. Choose defragment and optimize drives from the search results.
Once defragment and optimize drives opens, there is a section called media-type. This section specifies hard disk drive if you have a standard rotary drive. Standard rotary drives are much slower than solid-state drives. If you have a solid-state drive, the media-type shows a solid-state drive. As I said before, do not bother using write caching if you have a solid-state drive.
One More Thing You Should Know
Do not remove the USB stick without right-clicking on the drive in your computer and clicking safely remove hardware. Since this USB stick temporarily holds your information, you do not want to remove it if it is in the middle of writing. Doing so could result in data loss. Depending on the machine, you may see decent improvements from this tip. More importantly, since its niche, you have bragging rights for a skill that uses old USB sticks.