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Questions tagged [hard-drive-cache]

Harddrive cache is a relative small cache on a hard drive.

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Blocking automatic file download to a C Drive folder

I have a low capacity hard drive and purchased a cloud drive to reduce the burden on local drive. The cloud drive creates a cache folder in the AppData (C-drive) which takes a lot of space. I can ...
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how can I add SSD as RAID 1 cache?

I have 2x 3TB hard drive setup as software RAID 1. sometimes, it was painfully slow. How can I add an SSD as its cache? is it possible? Note : the RAID was where the debian linux inside booted from....
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why is 'cache/buffer size = unknown'?

I have a new Seagate ST500LM030 and typed hdparm -I /dev/sda It gives cache/buffer size = unknown Also hdparm -i /dev/sda which gives BuffSize=unknown. Why unknown? The drive should have 128MB ...
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I don't have an SSD but express cache service is running on windows 10 and consuming resources

Is it normal to have this service running on a PC without SSD? Is it a legitimate process or should I be worried about it?
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Is it a good idea to disable “write caching on the device” in windows 7?

Is it a good idea to disable "write caching on the device" in windows 7? Right now write caching is enabled (which was apparently the default). I am working on a 90 pound weakling, a small Acer ...
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Why are large amounts of data from an HDD accessible minutes after unplugging it?

I expect this has to do with caching, but the amount of time and data, and the lack of error messages, has surprised me. This is not an SSD. A Windows-10 system that I have seen myself (through ...
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How frequently does windows flush the write cache?

Assuming a file transfer completes, how long does it take until windows flushes the write cache? For example I run a backup on a hard drive (with write caching enabled). Once the backup is complete I ...
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Windows 10 with ssd cache or ssd custom install?

I have a Samsung Ultrabook series 5 Ultra. It has 500GB HDD with Windows 8 and a 22GB with two partitions, used by Condusiv Express Cache to improve disk access speed. The HDD died, could not recover ...
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Can not turn on write caching on SSD in Windows 10

I am just installed Win 10. I have 4 SSDs in my installation. Only for one of them I can not turn on write caching. For the other three all is fine. In the very same PC for the very same 4 SSDs the ...
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My M.2 SSD has disappeared from my ideapad Y510p

I have a Lenovo ideapad Y510p running Windows 10. The other day, I had to power it off by holding down the power button. Since then, my LITEONIT LSS-24L6G SSD cache has disappeared from my system. I ...
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Is my SSD cache supposed to say 0 MB formatted?

I have a Lenovo ideapad Y510p, which has lost A LOT of its speed over the last year. I recently did a full format and reinstall of Windows 10, but the effects were not as good as I hoped. Then, ...
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Any point in having SSD cache with SSD system disk?

Apologize if the title is unclear, had a hard time formulating the question in a sentence. So I have a Lenovo Y510p which originally came with a 1 TB HDD as system drive and 24 GB SSD cache (M.2 ...
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Force a process in Windows 7 to store capture in RAM without doing actual I/O operation and writing to the disk

I'm Using Wireshark's cyclic buffers configuration capturing mode: I am sniffing a 10Gig port, and I was expecting Wireshark to work cyclically with buffers on the DDR only, but apparently it doesn't....
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How to disable write caching on windows 8 drive via command line

In the properties of a disk drive in windows 7/8/8.1 there are two Write-caching 'policies' that can be set. I've found disabling 'Enable write caching on this device' significantly improves the ...
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Windows 10 and Condusiv's expresscache

Has anyone been able to get their ExpressCache working with Windows 10? I've tried to reinstall but ECCMD still says the driver could not be found. I'm using an HP Envy desktop. I've seen some ...
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Using SSD cache to install another OS

So I been given a laptop at work that has a slow HDD with a separated NGFF-type SSD as cache for windows 8.1, but as it turns out the SSD has 128GB and windows can only use up to 64GB for cache ...
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64GB vs 128GB SSD cache drive

I have a Lenovo Y510p which I've had for about a year. After adding some RAM the other day I saw that it has an open m2 NGFF slot into which I can put a SSD drive. So I'm planning on buying a SSD ...
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Is write caching good for HDDs' life?

I have a removable HDD for which Windows disabled write-caching by default, but on occasions I write a lot of data to that HDD and I was wondering, would enabling the caching temporarily improve the ...
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Linux Based Small Business File Server - SSD caching

I have small NAS working as file server. In work we (me and 2 colleagues) are using QGIS with attached large raster files (~1GB TIFFs), 2 or 3 on project. Performance of this solution is poor, so I ...
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How do I create a ramdisk that writes changes back to persistent storage, e.g. with aufs?

Similar to this question, but more specific: I want a ramdisk / tmpfs that sits on top of a physical directory, exposing data of that directory. The ramdisk should persistently cache all data on ...
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What is Btrfs's disk space caching?

I noticed in my syslog that BTRFS reports enabling "disk space caching". What is Btrfs's "disk space caching"?
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How can I upgrade the SSD cache drive in my HP Envy 700-215xt?

I have the 16g drive right now, and at some point I'd like to upgrade that to a 32g or 64g drive. Is this as easy as swapping out the drive or does the cache drive have files on it my computer has to ...
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My ExpressCache eats 1GB of memory, is it normal?

I have a laptop with a 8GB SSD drive for cache, but I have it disabled because it eats 1GB of memory. As far as I know it's supposed that ExpressCache should return that memory to the system when its ...
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Expresscache doesn't show information or statistics

After installing Expresscache from scratch on a Samsung Series 5 Ultra (NP530U3C), I ran eccmd -partition 1 (as drive 1 is the ssd) and I can confirm that there is a new partition created. However ...
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Use SSD to speed up programs on regular HDD

Is there a way to assign a part of an SSD as an automatic cache of often used files? I've read about Intel SRT but that seems to require motherboard support and turns 2 hard drives into 1, with the ...
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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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constantly writing files on SSD Win8 - RAMDISK versus disk cache?

I have an application that is constantly writing up to 8 x 15Mb files to disk (capturing video streams) with a new file being created each minute (and the oldest file deleted). The computer has a SSD ...
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Windows 7 freezes with high disk activity

I have a Windows 7 computer that I use almost exclusively for streaming video (Hulu in Internet Explorer, or recorded or live broadcast TV with Windows Media Center). Often the computer freezes for a ...
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Disable disk caching in Windows XP using the command line?

I've often wanted to create a really lean and optimized installation of Windows XP to use with VMware, disabling everything that's useless for the use case. I've used quite a few days with nLite and ...
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AHCI and write-caching

In the readme for an update to the Intel Rapid Storage AHCI Driver from Lenovo, they suggest that to improve performance I should turn off Windows write-cache buffer flushing on my drives. http://...
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create hibernation partition on SSD (The drive cannot find the sector requested)

I try to create hibernation partition on SSD for expresscache purposes, but get error message "The drive cannot find the sector requested. See the System Event Log for more information." See the ...
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What cache makes a file search faster for the second time exactly?

On Windows on a HDD partition with Total Commander, if I make a file search on the file system root e.g. C:\, it will take considerable time: it display as it walks the entire directory structure (...
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Why would ExpressCache.exe appear to be constantly using an external HDD?

I bought ASUS VivoBook S550CM with hybrid drive SSD/HDD. There are many pre-installed Asus utilities, ExpressCache included. Here is the problem: every time I connect any external USB HDD, the LED ...
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SSD Cache with FDE (TrueCrypt, BitLocker, etc) on Windows

I wanted to bring back an old question, but with a twist. It has been answered, how an SSD could be used as a caching drive for a larger, mechanical drive. What I am looking for is to have the same, ...
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Does extra hard drive cache make a difference for streaming video?

I am looking at the following two drives for a RAID device, which will be streaming normal things but also a lot of video: Seagate Constellation ES.3 ST4000NM0033 - hard drive - 4 TB - SATA-600 ...
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Reinstall windows 7 on HP dv7t 7000 - Windows Setup could not configure Windows on this computer's hardware

I am trying to install windows 7 ultimate on my new laptop. The laptop shipped with windows 7 home premium, and has two hard drives. It has a 750gb and 32gb SSD. It was using the 32gb as a cache. ...
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Dual boot new laptop win 7 / ubuntu 12.04 - 750gb + 32gb SSD

I have just purchased a new HP dv7t-7000 and I would like to run Windows 7 / Ubuntu. How do I setup the dual boot? Can I install both operating systems with an 8gb USB drive? Can I still make use of ...
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Why does an Intel RST RAID 1 array write faster with write-back cache disabled?

I have two HDDs (5900 RPM) in RAID 1 (mirror). I know, I know, it's painfully slow. I'm currently in the process of replacing them with faster drives, hence this question while I'm testing things. ...
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Linux on a SSD Cache [closed]

Machine: Thinkpad Edge with a hybrid HDD+SSD Cache (16GB) system. I had a dual boot on it - Windows 7/Linux openSUSE 12.2. Today after having some problems with partitioning -> grub -> partitioning (...
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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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Reinstalling Windows for ssd+hdd cache

I currently have windows installed on a small SSD with a TB HDD being used as a data volume. I want to use Intel's Smart Response Technology to allow the SSD to be used as a cache. Before I go ahead ...
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Ubuntu on an XPS 14 Ultrabook with mSATA cache and 500GB HD - how to partition for dual boot?

I am getting an XPS 14 ( http://www.dell.com/us/p/xps-14-l421x/pd ) and I want to dual-boot Windows and Ubuntu. This thing has a 500GB standard HD and a 32GB mSATA that can be used as cache. Does ...
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Windows 7 update temp cache [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows Installer using usb drive for temp purposes Recently I re-installed windows 7 to a 64GB SSD. However, I'm noticing a strange behavior. Windows updates are taking ...
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'cache swap' filesystem for SSD/HDD combo?

As we all know, Solid State Drives (SSD) are expensive ($/Gb) but they are quick to access. I'm wondering if there exists a sort of software-kernel-level 'cache swap' filesystem technology; the idea ...
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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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Does hard drive cache size matter in a RAID? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does hard drive buffer size matter? Ok, so not a RAID exactly, but I just bought a drive-less Drobo to use as raw storage for video/photo work and am now browsing hard drives ...
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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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Windows 7 Lagging with multiple disks

I have an EVGA SR2 build with two Intel Xeon X5680, 48GB ram OCZ Reaper HPC Series at 1600 MHz running on Windows 7 x64 Proffesional. My bootable hard drive is an OCZ Vertex II 120GB and I have an ...
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Is it possible to use one large SSD as both system disk and Intel Smart Response caching

I want to use a large SSD to install system on it and also use it for Intel Smart Response caching? Start with 120G SSD and 1TB HDD Take a 120G SSD and split it into 100G and 20G partitions. ...
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Disk cache: Preventing one process from grinding my machine to a halt?

I'm trying to run a very long and slow (but important) background process on my computer. It took all weekend and is still running. The problem is that this process scans dozens of GBs of disk files (...