How to Enable or Disable Disk Write Caching on Windows 11/10?

What is Disk Write Caching?

Disk Write Caching is a Windows feature that engages some disk in memory and does not immediately convey it to disk. It improves system performance by using fast volatile memory (RAM) to collect write commands sent to data storage devices and cache them until the slower storage device writes them. This activity allows applications to run faster by allowing them to proceed without actually waiting for data write requests to be written to the disk.

In other words, when you enable the Disk Write Caching feature on Windows 10 PC, write caching makes disk operations faster by collecting the written data in a queue, resulting in faster disk operation.

The Disk Write Caching features to increase system performance by default. It can also increase the chances of data loss if a power outage or system fails before some data may be left in the RAM buffer and not get written to the disk.

Depending on the situation, you might want to enable or disable your external drives’ Disk Write Caching feature.

How to Allow or Disallow Disk Caching on Windows 11/10?

Perform the below-mentioned steps to enable or disable the Disk Write Caching feature on Windows 11/10:-

Step 1. You need to open the context menu for the Start button by pressing the Windows logo + X keys simultaneously or perform a right-click on the Start button. Now, select Device Manager from the available options.

Start-context-menuYou can also open the Run dialog box by pressing the Windows logo + R keys from the keyboard. Then, write devmgmt.msc in the Run box and click the OK button or press Enter from the keyboard to open the Device Manager window.

devmgmt.msc-in-Run-boxDevice-2BManager-768x562 (1)Step 2. Now, expand the Disk drive.

Disk-drivesStep 3. Then, double-click or tap on the disk you want to enable or disable write caching. The Properties dialog box opens.

Double-click-on-disk-entryStep 4. After that, switch to the Policies tab.

Policies-tabStep 5. Next, click on the radio button “Better performance.”

Better-performanceStep 6. Now, tick the “Enable write caching on the device” checkbox from the Write-caching policy section.

Enable-write-caching-on-the-deviceNote: When you untick the “Enable write caching on the device” checkbox from the Write-caching policy section, the Disk Write Caching will be disabled.

Step 7. Finally, click on the OK button.

The first option, “Quick removal.” is enabled by default and disables write caching. The second option, “Better performance,” allows write caching and requires the safe removal of the device.

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