warning! disk write caching is disabled

  pookie 21:03 24 Jun 2005
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hi

windows xp home, 3 Ghz barton, 1 Gb ddr, 40 Gb 5400 hard drive (storage) and new maxtor 80 Gb 7200 hard drive (xp, games,etc), asus a7n8x-x mobo, x800 pro, on board sound, 550 watt psu - all drivers up to date.

Just ran bootvis and under disk I/O section in big red letters it says 'warning! - disk write caching is disabled' - is this anything I should worry about. I got the 80Gb maxtor drive as it was faster speed and also 8Mb cache which i thought might improve games performance. Do i need to do anything to get that 8Mb cache actually working based on the error message?

cheers and have a good weekend

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  pookie 22:30 24 Jun 2005

bump

  dagwoood 23:48 24 Jun 2005

pookie, navigate to device manager > disk drives and double click on your 80GB Maxtor drive to bring up the properties. Click on the Policies tab and see if there's a tick in the bottom box labelled "Enable write caching on the disk". If there isn't a tick, put one in and see if that cures the problem.

HTH, dagwoood.

  dan11 00:00 25 Jun 2005

have you checked in device manager > disk drives > policies. Is " enable write caching on this disk" ticked.

If it is, it should be alright.

If you are unsure on the performance. pop over to pcpitstop and performance test the slave drive for Mb's transfer speed.

  dan11 00:01 25 Jun 2005

Should have refreshed. lol

  pookie 17:40 25 Jun 2005

thanks guys - 'Click on the Policies tab and see if there's a tick in the bottom box labelled "Enable write caching on the disk". If there isn't a tick, put one in and see if that cures the problem.' is grey out and i can't hihlight an option however the defaulted setting is 'optimise for performance' - it's the same for the second hard drive. maybe all is ok and bootvis is wrong?

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  Mr Mistoffelees 17:47 25 Jun 2005

but there is no such thing as a "3 Ghz barton". the Barton core never went beyond 2.2GHz with the Athlon XP 3200+.

  pookie 19:34 25 Jun 2005

2.17 3000Barton

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