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    How to Increase Hard Drive Performance in Vista
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    Hard drive speed boosts

    How to Increase Hard Drive Performance in Vista

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    This will show you how to increase the hard drive performance by enabling Advanced Performance, disabling NTFS from creating 8.3 versions of file names, and defragging on a regular schedule.
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    You can follow all the steps below, or just pick the ones you would like to do.




    STEP ONE

    Enable Advanced Performance for Hard Drive
    warning   Warning
    This option enables extremely aggressive write caching that will speed up the hard drive's performance, but it can also cause you to lose data in the drive's cache if you lose power suddenly. It is not recommended for laptops that run on battery power all the time. While this is fine for the normal home desktop, it may not be a good idea if you have unreliable power.
    Note   Note
    This may not be supported by some hard drive setups (Ex: RAID). If it does not, then you will see that it will just change back to the default settings automatically when you look at the Properties again.
    1. Open the Control Panel. (Classic View)

    2. Click on the Device Manager icon.

    3. Click on Continue in the UAC prompt.

    4. Close the Control Panel.

    5. Click on Disk drives to expand it. (See screenshot below)

    6. Right click on your hard drive device listing and click Properties.
    Hard drive speed boosts-device_manager.jpg
    7. Click on the Policies tab. (See screenshots below)

    8. For a ATA (Parallel) or Serial ATA (SATA) Hard Drive
    A) Check the Enable write caching on the disk box. (See left screenshot below step 10)
    NOTE: This should already be checked by default.

    B) Check the Enable Advanced performance box.
    NOTE: If this will not stay checked for you, then check to make sure that you have the latest chipset drivers installed for your motherboard. Also see: Write-Caching - Enable or Disable - Windows 7 Forums
    9. For an External Hard Drive
    A) Dot Optimize for performance. (See right screenshot below step 10)
    10. Click on OK to apply.
    Hard drive speed boosts-policies.jpgHard drive speed boosts-ext_usb.jpg





    STEP TWO

    Disable NTFS from Creating 8.3 Versions of File Names for Backwards Compatiblity with DOS

    NOTE: You will not need this unless you work with DOS or the command prompt and have long file names.
    1. Open the Start Menu.

    2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter.

    3. Click on Continue in the UAC prompt.

    4. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below)

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Filesystem

    5. In the right pane, right click on NtfsDisable8dot3NameCreation and click on Modify.
    Hard drive speed boosts-8dot3.jpg
    6. Type 1 and click on OK. (See screenshow below)
    NOTE: To enable it again, type 0 (number) instead.
    Hard drive speed boosts-modify-dos.jpg
    7. Close regedit.




    STEP THREE

    Defrag the Hard Drive on a Regular Schedule
    1. If you use Vista's Disk Defragmenter, see the link below on how to create a automatic defrag schedule.

    How to Change the Schedule for Disk Defragmenter in Vista

    2. If you do not like Vista's Disk Defragmenter, you can use a 3rd party program instead. Auslogics Disk Defrag is a great program that has a status graph of the hard drive's defragmentation progress, but the free version does not have a automatic defrag schedule. Here is the link:

    Disk Defrag - Best Free Defrag Software For Your Hard Drive

    3. Here is a recommended schedule of times to defrag.
    NOTE: The more you save and delete items off your hard drive, the more often you should defrag. Adjust to your needs.
    Scheduled Time Description
    Once a Month For a user that is only on the computer a few hours a week and does not do much file saving and deleting. You rarely install and uninstall programs.
    Once a Week For most average users that use the computer for a few hours on a daily basis and does a lot more file saving and deleting. You only do a few installing and uninstalling of programs.
    Once a Day For your power user that uses the computer for several hours a day and does an unbelievable amount of file saving and deleting. You do a lot of installing and uninstalling of programs.
    Enjoy faster performance,
    Shawn




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    Option 1 will only really make a difference on RAID setup's, will also increase chances of loosing data if the power dies, but it sure as hell makes a noticable difference in data transfers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Payne747 View Post
    Option 1 will only really make a difference on RAID setup's, will also increase chances of loosing data if the power dies, but it sure as hell makes a noticable difference in data transfers


    It sure does. I do recommend having a UPS Battery backup if you really can't afford to loose any data due to a power failure. Otherwise the average user probaly will never be affected by it.

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    If you put swap file on its own small partition that low disk space warning will drive you nuts. Guess #2 must be same hack I used to disable it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crito View Post
    If you put swap file on its own small partition that low disk space warning will drive you nuts. Guess #2 must be same hack I used to disable it.
    Yep

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    #II hack ???

    or I don't know english

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    Yes, it's a hack, not a crack. If you were meant to change that setting there'd be a way to do it from the GUI or command line. Which, while I'm ranting, would be nice so I could leave it on for some volumes but not others.

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    gr8 guide Brink,tried and it works,thnx

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    Hi Asky,

    Thank you and your welcome.

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    Re: Hard drive speed boosts

    The performance option you refer to is not presented on my system. I use Ultra-320 SCSI disks in a RAID-1 configuration and there is one "option" available which is greyed-out - "Optimize for performance".

    Any ideas what this means exactly?

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