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    Disk Write Caching - Enable or Disable in Windows 10

    Disk Write Caching - Enable or Disable in Windows 10

    How to Enable or Disable Disk Write Caching in Windows 10
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    How to Enable or Disable Disk Write Caching in Windows 10

    information   Information
    Disk write caching is a feature that improves system performance by using fast volatile memory (RAM) to collect write commands sent to data storage devices and cache them until the slower storage device (ex: hard disk) can be written to later. This allows applications to run faster by allowing them to proceed without waiting for data write-requests to be written to the disk.

    While disk write caching may increase system performance, it can also increase the chances of data loss in case of power or system failures before the data from the write-cache buffer is flushed by writing the data to the disk.

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable disk write caching on devices for better performance or quick removal in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to enable or disable disk write caching.

    Note   Note
    Removable disks have disk write caching disabled by default for quick removal without having to use Safely Remove Hardware.

    Internal disks have disk write caching enabled by default for better performance, but you must use Safely Remove Hardware before disconnecting the disk to prevent data loss.




    Here's How:

    1. Open the Win+X menu, and click/tap on Device Manager (devmgmt.msc).

    2. Expand open Disk drives, and double click/tap on the disk that you want to enable or disable write caching. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Do step 4 (enable) or step 5 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


     4. To Enable Disk Write Caching on the Device

    A) Click/tap on the Policies tab, and select (dot) Better performance. (see screenshots below)

    B) Check the Enable write caching on the device box under Write-caching policy.

    C) Check or uncheck the Turn off Windows write-cache buffer flushing on the device under Write-caching policy.
    warning   Warning
    To prevent data loss, do not check Turn off Windows write-cache buffer flushing on the device unless the device (disk) has a separate power supply (ex: UPS) that allows the device to flush its buffer in case of power failure.


    D) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 6 below.

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     5. To Disable Disk Write Caching on the Device

    A) Click/tap on the Policies tab, select (dot) Quick removal, click/tap on OK, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshots below)

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    6. If prompted to restart the computer to apply, click/tap on Yes or No for what you want to do. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    Yes = Restarts the computer immediately. Be sure to save and close everything first.

    No = Allows you to manually restart the computer later when you're ready. Your changes will not be applied until you restart the computer.


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    That's it,
    Shawn

  1. Joined : Sep 2015
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    win 10 pro
       2015-09-21 #1

    No Policy Tab


    Shawn,

    Thanks. Nice tutorial, but I don't have a policy tab on the property sheet. Now what?
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       2015-09-21 #2

    Hello captain, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Please go ahead and post some screenshots showing what you see in Device Manager and Properties for this device to see if it may reveal anything.

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       2015-09-21 #3

    Sure. Pretty simple really. Missing tab.

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  4. Joined : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2015-09-21 #4

    Ah, that's why. You won't be able to for a DVD drive.
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       2015-09-21 #5

    Ooops. That explains it. Thanks.
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       2015-09-21 #6

    Anytime.
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       2015-09-29 #7

    hi Brink,

    I can't enable write caching on my Micro SD card 128 GB on Win 10 Surface Pro 2 ?

    On Win 7 I was able and works ok.

    If I try enable in device manager I get windows error - could not change write caching settings on this device...

    Something wrong with WIN 10. I keep my Outlook files on my SD card and always freeze up my outlook 2013 after some time and I must restart computer.

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  8. Joined : Oct 2013
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       2015-09-29 #8

    Hello milanbl30, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Personally, I wouldn't recommend enabling write caching on removable media to help prevent data loss if it should be disconnected by mistake.
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  9. Joined : Sep 2015
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       2015-09-29 #9

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello milanbl30, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Personally, I wouldn't recommend enabling write caching on removable media to help prevent data loss if it should be disconnected by mistake.

    I use micro SD like HDD and it's always in slot.. don't worry about that, can you help me to solve my problem ?
    My outlook is freezeing everyday and must restart computer, can't work normally...

    Outlook email files .pst I keep on micro SD.
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