An intermediate data storage area with high performance but limited capacity. The term "cache" can refer to hardware cache (on a processor) or software cache (which stores commonly used values in a computer's memory).

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Refresh Icon Cache Without Rebooting

Normally, to refresh the icon cache in Windows, we have to reboot. Is there a way to refresh the icon cache in Windows 7/8 without rebooting?
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What is actually multilevel cache in processors?

I recently read about processors(mainly multi-processor) and i came across, what is called as multi-level caches. I know that they have several cache in this case, for increasing the performance. But ...
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How to stop ReadyBoost from rebuilding cache after every restart on SD cards and flash drives?

On my computers (running windows 7 and vista and using SD cards and flash drives) ReadyBoost rebuilds cache after every reboot. Because of this and 5400RPM HDD, it takes several minutes for computer ...
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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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No Accelerate button/tab on Intel Rapid Storage window

I have an ASUS P8Z68 motherboard with a Corsair SSD as my primary boot drive. I have a TB standard hard drive as a secondary data drive. I am attempting to use an older Intel SSD as a cache on the ...
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How to Move Offline Files Cache in Windows 7?

On Vista systems, I've been using these instructions to relocate the "Offline Files Cache" from its default location of c:\csc. Works great. However, these instructions do not work on Windows 7. ...
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How to clear Windows File Cache?

For testing purposed I need to clear file cache (for example to measure file operation performance). I found CacheSet from sysinternals, but pressing Clear there doesn't help. A file that I just ...
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Intel Rapid Storage refuses to work (no button in SRT utility)

I've got a fresh Dell Inspiron 15R SE with pre-installed Windows 8, 1Tb HDD and 32Gb SSD on mSATA included by manufacturer specifically for caching purposes and advertised as such. The problem is that ...
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RamMap “Empty standby list” drastically speeds up PC. Is there a better way to do this?

Many people are educated on how Windows Memory manager caching work by reading Microsoft white papers, etc. However, there are relatively few documents that describe real-world performance issues ...
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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 do I clear the Recent Documents list in Windows 7? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Clear cache/history in Windows 7? How do I remove the list of recent files in Windows 7? Are those files stored anywhere else?
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To what extent is size a factor in SSD performance?

To what extent is the size of an SSD a factor in its performance? In my mind, correct me if I'm wrong, a bigger SSD should be, everything else being equal, faster than a smaller one. A bigger SSD ...
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Clear Windows “Run” box cache

One thing that I use almost every minute is the Windows Run box (WINDOWS+R). It let's you type a path and auto-completes it really quickly so that you can jump to any dir in no time. My problem is ...
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Manually flushing write cache on Windows

On *nix systems, a user can use the sync command to force any pending writes in the kernel's disk cache to be flushed to disk. Does Windows have a similar command?
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Why does remote desktop not work for me by computer name, and only by IP?

I have a computer at work that I can only connect to remotely when using the computer's IP address and not when using the computer's name. I can see my computer name is set up correctly as "JoshPC" ...
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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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L2 and L3 Cache Difference?

While I understand that the computer cache is: A CPU cache is a cache used by the central processing unit of a computer to reduce the average time to access memory. The cache is a smaller, faster ...
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How can I delete the thumbnail cache?

I would be very thankful for advice on how to delete the thumb cache files in Windows Vista without a reboot. They are stored in this folder: ...
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How do I clear the cache / history in Windows 7?

In Windows XP there was an option off the task bar properties to clear all recently accessed webpages, recent file lists, ie. cache, temp files and so on; is there an equivalent for Windows 7?
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What is CPU Cache used for?

I know that Cache is working memory that is faster than RAM, but in my system there is only 3MB of it, and most programs will require more working memory than 3MB. So that makes me question what ...
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What is the difference between a cache and a buffer?

Is saying a cache is a special kind of buffer correct? They both perform similar functions, but is there some underlying difference that I am missing?
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Windows 7 kills VMWare performance by disk caching?

We're running Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit SP1 on Dell Precision T3500's (Xeon E5630 @ 2.53GHz, 4GB of RAM). On top of this is VMWare Workstation 7.1.4, up to date. Running in a VM is Windows XP ...
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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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Can we run linux in something faster than RAM?

This is perhaps a silly question, and may be the result of a misunderstanding. I'm studying CPU's right now, and memory in particular. I was just reading about how much faster SRAM is than DRAM but ...
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How do I evaluate an SSD caching solution for home desktop use? [closed]

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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How do I identify my CPU model?

I have a Intel Xeon CPU at 3.06GHz with 512KB cache size. I was wondering if the on-chip cache for the machine is L1 or L2. Is there a way of knowing that through a Unix command?
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Windows: Disable caching of large files

I am currently dealing with very large video files, including de/encoding them and copying them around etc. To my surprise Windows attempts to cache these video files, even though there is no point ...
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Disable linux read and write file cache on partition

How do i disable the linux file cache on a xfs partition (both read an write). We have a xfs partition over a hardware RAID that stores our RAW HD Video. Most of the shoots are 50-300gb each so the ...
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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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“Acceleration” not available in Intel SRT menu

I have an Asus Z68 Motherboard on an existing system running Windows 7 x64. I now want to install an OCZ Agility 3 SSD to make use of the Intel Smart Response Technology. Apparently, it's not an easy ...
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Too much RAM “in cache”

I am having the following problem: I am having a completely new Notebook with 8 GB RAM and Windows 8. I do not use software that requires a lot of RAM and I do not have a thousand programs running. ...
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How to play .qtch files?

So I have qtch files that apparently were created with QT 7+ because they can't be played (with QT 7+ or VLC) just by renaming their extension (as fileinfo.com says). Any solution out there ?
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using one disk as cache for others

Given a PC with several hard drives: Is it possible to use one fast disk as a giant file cache? I.e. automatically copying frequently accessed data to that one disk, and transparently redirecting ...
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What is “Intel Flash Cache” and when should it be used?

If it make a difference I am running VISTA 32 bit. I just found that I need to search for "Turbo Memory Module", on google to get prices etc. Is it faster then a SD flash card? (Given it costs more ...
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Is there any way to access a cached version of a webpage?

My school publishes the homework on a website called Corebaby.org and we had some homework that we were supposed to do over the summer and I admit, I procrastinated until the weekend before school ...
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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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How could I limit or even disable file cache on Windows Server 2008R2?

There is a machine, with a very fast RAID array, and a fast internet connection. But, it only got 8gb of mem, which runs out really quick, when the upload goes up. Any ideas how could I disable, or ...
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How can I keep a file in Windows 7's cache?

Sometimes you know better than Windows what files will be re-used later. Suppose you have 8GB of memory, and you use the same 1GB file every hour in an I/O-bound application (which takes 1 second to ...
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Write caching causes slower performance?

USB 2.0 External WD 2TB Elements HD. Connected to Windows XP SP3 machine, write caching disabled by default. Worked fine. Since it is intended to be a permanent fixture (never removed), and on a UPS ...
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Transparent caching proxy for a local network

In order to save bandwidth, I have set up a caching proxy (Polipo, as recommended on another question) on a home server, and it works quite well. (Motivation paragraph; feel free to skip) I am now ...
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VLC 2.1.5 - unable to find file caching values in preferences

I'm having some lag when playing videos over my network with VLC 2.1.5. I have plenty of bandwidth. I read that I should increase the caching values under Input/Codecs-Access modules-File, but the ...
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How to cache text/event-stream data in squid 4.x?

I would like to cache data transferred by git clone via HTTPS which seems to be of type text/event-stream. The cacheing either fails with TCP_CLIENT_REFRESH_MISS/200 or TCP_MISS_ABORTED/200 according ...
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Does EnhanceIO supports TRIM on SSD?

Does EnhanceIO supports TRIM on SSD? Or it has own implementation of similar technology?