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Are there drawbacks of cache in usb drives?

Background A few years ago I was glad to find out that there is a new flash drive with on-board caching (the SuperTalent Express RAM Cache), which gave it a really neat performance on small files. I ...
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Enabling write cache on my unsupported flash drive

I have recently found that I can improve the performance of my computer by enabling write caching on my external USB flash drive. I have a PNY 8GB flash drive. I have done the following: Right click ...
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Does EnhanceIO supports TRIM on SSD?

Does EnhanceIO supports TRIM on SSD? Or it has own implementation of similar technology?
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Hard drive caches too fast?

i got a problem with my hard drives, I think ;) Well I realized that flash videos and games are stucking/freezing for a short time. When I googled that problem I found a script changing some ...
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Disable all disk cache features in Windows 7

I am doing benchmarking of several algorithms involving read/write to disk. As Windows provides some cache features, sometimes I get results like these : first run of the algorithm : 200 seconds ...
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SSD caching via Intel SRT and NAS backups, do they cause problems?

I'm wanting to put an SSD as a cache drive using Intel's SRT technology, but am wondering, will running backups throughout the day from my NAS will cause the cache drive to constantly flush out games ...
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How do I evaluate an SSD caching solution for home desktop use?

I've got a 30GB SSD that I would love to start using as a cache for my larger HDDs. I primarily want to improve apparent performance for general desktop use. I do the occasional massive DB migration ...
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What's the best way to use both an SSD and an HDD? [closed]

I have a Windows 7 laptop with an 128GB SSD and an 1TB HDD. I want to use both efficiently. I have 2 plans so far. Plan A) Use 50GB of SSD for OS. Use the rest of SSD as a cache space to boost an HDD ...
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Why does CrystalDiskInfo did not show cache when using IDE SATA to USB2 Adapter?

When using CrystalDiskInfo on the hard disk that is connect straight to the motherboard of the Computer, I am able to get the cache info. However, when I use a IDE SATA to USB2 Adapter to connect the ...
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2answers
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Are there ways to verify the cache that a hard disk have?

Recently, I just brought a 500 GB hard disk. The sales person mention that the hard disk have a 32 MB cache. I try using the PC-Wizard (http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/pc-wizard.html) as I heard from ...
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Solid State Drives (SSD) to use as cache to another Hard Drive (HD)

I recently bought a 32GB SSD drive. As everybody knows, 32GB is nothing considering modern SO's like windows 8 or even windows 7 where only file systems takes the half of the whole space (about 15GB). ...
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1answer
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Intel RST crashing! IAStorUI unstable in win 8.1

I have a Z87E-ITX Asrock mobo. Using a new 64G Corsair SSD as cache and a new Western Digi Black Scorpion 750G 2.5" drive. Using windows 8.1. Latest software or not, I can't open Intel RST software ...
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810 views

Is there fusion drive style solution there for Linux and Windows?

Is there fusion drive style (like in iMac where the SSD acts as storage space rather than cache) solution there for Linux and Windows?
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SSD cache to minimize HDD spin-up time?

short version first: I'm looking for Linux compatible software which is able to transparently cache HDD writes using an SSD. However, I only want to spin up the HDD once or twice a day (to write the ...
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1answer
475 views

Virtual memory (caching) on Windows 8

I have read a bit about the issue, and I understood that the OS constantly pushes memory to the disk, so later, when another application needs a lot of RAM, it allocates that memory to it and "moves" ...
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ECC on harddisks

I have completely re-written my post here as I noticed I was a bit unclear before. In an older post the user sawdust explained very well that there is an SRAM buffer on the HDD controller which uses ...
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Setting up mSSD caching on Acer M3-581TG

Apparently the Acer M3-581TG supports some kind of caching using its 20GB internal SSD. I reformatted the hard drive to get rid of all the crapware it came with, and I can't seem to get this feature ...
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672 views

disk write cache buffer and separate power supply

Windows has a setting to turn off the write-cache buffer (see image) Turn off Windows write-cache buffer flushing on the device To prevent data loss, do not select this check box unless the ...
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1answer
220 views

How can I use SRT to cache a non boot hard drive?

In a comment on my answer to the question Making SSD & HDD work together like a hybrid I was informed that my statement that SRT can only cache a Windows boot drive is no longer valid. I have ...
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Unknown process using 50% of HDD periodically and slows down PC heavily

The PC is new, i3-3220 and with Windows 8 x64. Sometimes (couple days cycle) it starts crashing and slowing down instantly for no reason for like couple minutes. All programs stops, music stops ...
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Place entire folder tree into DDR's cache?

I was playing Starcraft 2 on my machine with 32GB RAM. I was thinking on how the game only ever maxes out at ~2GB, but it still has to load the different single player maps. I see the memory ...
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Raid 0 (OS) + SSD Cache, what are performances like compared to pure SSD (OS)

I'm considering a RAID 0 setup with an SSD cache drive. Will I see a noticeable difference in speed with the SSD cache drive, will this even work? No I will not install the OS on the SSD. I'd prefer ...
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220 views

Optimum SSD size for Intel SRT?

According to Intel, the utilizable cache size on the SSD for SRT is between 18.6 GB and 64 GB. If I buy a "64 GB" SSD I only get 60 GB of usable space, thus underutilizing the SRT technology a bit ...
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1answer
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Can I use Intel RST caching on another (i.e. non-OS) hard drive?

Is it possible to cache a (non-OS) HDD with an SSD in RST? I used RST to create a regular RAID volume of 128GB (I had to put the SSD and the HDD in RAID because RST requires it). I want to configure ...
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1answer
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Is “Turn Off Windows write-cache buffer flushing” safe on a laptop?

my laptop's internal harddrive is a bit slow. I looked at the drive properties and there are two options: [X] Enable write caching on the device [ ] Turn off windows write-cache buffer flushing on ...
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1answer
842 views

Remove any Windows 7 indexing cache

I've disabled the file indexing service in Windows 7 (as per this answer) which worked like a charm. My questions are: Does disabling the service also remove any existing cache? The answer linked ...
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What is the whole function and effect of “Turn off Windows write-cache buffer flushing on the device”

In Windows 7, using the Device Manager, bringing up the properties of a disk, and going to the Policies tab, there are 2 switch items. The write cache, which this question it not about. and [X] ...
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How can I use my small SSD as a cache for a larger hard disk?

I would like to use a (small) SSD disk as a cache for a large hard disk. I realize there are hardware-based products that do this: HighPoint RocketHybrid HBA, Intel SmartResponse and others. There is ...
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1answer
1k views

What's the use of windows hard disk write cache when the hard drive already has more than 8 megabytes of cache?

Doesn't a hard drive use its cache with high utilization? I see up to 20MB/s difference on file writes when I disable windows disk write cache. Does anybody know why cache size matters this much?
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How do I find out Hard Disk Cache / Buffer Size?

How do I find out Hard Disk Cache / Buffer Size ?
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Do Solid State Disks (SSDs) have a buffer cache?

All HDDs that I know have at least 8MB or more of buffer cache (I know that it is for increasing read and write performance on Disk Drivers). However, I'm just curious: Do SSDs have any buffer/cache ...
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994 views

How to tweak Windows hard disk writing and reading cache buffers parameters without help of commercial utilities?

I'd like to configure Windows (XP actually, but knowing how to do this with 7 can once come in handy as well): Use large (several hundreds megabytes) amount of RAM for disk i/o cache Use large ...
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1answer
871 views

Is “Enable write caching” in Windows a per-OS setting or a per-disk setting?

If I select "Enable write caching on the disk" option for a disk in the device manager, it is saved only in the Windows or configures the disk to use its cache? For example when I disable the cache ...
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Difference in performance of 8MB cache and 16MB cache Hard disk

I want to know what are the performance differences between a 8mb cache hard disk drive and 16mb. If i buy one should i prefer 16MB if yes then why?
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What does “Write cache buffer flushing” mean

As in the Windows 7 Disk Policy Options: [x] Enable Write Caching on the device [ ] Turn off Windows write-cache buffer flushing on the device Is the first the cache on the physical disk, and the ...
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How to increase the disk cache of Windows 7

Under Windows 7 (64 bit), I'm reading through 9000 moderately sized files. In total, there is more than 200 MB of data. Using Java (JDK 1.6.21) I'm iterating over the files. The first 1400 or so go ...
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How do I change the location of DivX cache files?

I recently installed to the latest version of DivX and suddenly found my C drive filling up with the cache files. I tracked it down to: C:\Files\My Videos\DivX Movies\Temporary Downloaded Files My ...
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Does hard drive buffer size matter?

These HDDs will be used mostly for backups and data-storage (pictures, movies) which aren't often read. The price difference is 1.5 Euros in the case of these two: HDD Western Digital Caviar Green ...
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Possible to force all disk activity to RAM?

I want to tell the operating system to stop using my hard disk and only use RAM as a cache instead. Optimally, I want to tell Windows to: a) pre-cache executable images and necessary bootstrap data ...
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What's the difference between 8 MB and 16 MB Cache on a hard drive?

I'm looking to replace a dead hard drive in an older notebook. The current (bad) hard drive is a Toshiba 60 GB 5400 RPM HDD with 16 MB cache. It's very difficult to find replacement ATA-100 notebook ...