How to speed up your computer’s hard drive

My hard drive is slow.

So is my processor, but thats not the point. I think my hard drive is something like 5,600 rpm’s, which is slow. my computer makes up for it by having a sweet graphics card, but again, thats not the point. I hate my slow hard drive, and I wanted to fix it. Being my lazy self, though, I didn’t look into it until something popped up in my inbox today. The letter is from Tuneup, the makers of the software I use to speed up various parts of my computer. I experienced a noticable boost in load times of some applications after following their advice, and I can now copy files to and from my hard drive about 25% faster. Awesome.

How did I do it?

All these nifty speed boosts can be obtained by activating your computer’s “Cache.” Normally, your computer writes 100% of everything it needs to save directly onto the hard drive. Because hard drives can only write so fast, this slows your computer down as it waits for an accumulating list of files to be written. By using a cache, files that need to be written are saved on a portion of your RAM, so that whenever your computer is under less of a load, the files that are ‘cached’ can be written. In the mean time, your computer just keeps on going full speed ahead. Read on to see just how I did this. Be warned that this tutorial is Windows-specific. Sorry, Mac users.

Awright. Here goes nothing.

  1. Open up device manager. You can do this various ways; On Windows XP, hit start, right click “My Computer,” click the “Hardware” tab, and click Device Manager. On Windows Vistas, hit start, and type in “Device Manager,” and click the “Device Manager” menu option.The way I like to do it personally is to hold down the windows key and hit R, then type in  “devmgmt.msc” to open up the device manager. It takes like 10 seconds, and you don’t even need to use the mouse! Fancy that.
  2. Find your hard drive. It should be under the “Disk Drives” section. Be warned that any flash drives or external drives that you have plugged in will also be under this section, so make sure you pick the right one. Right click this drive and click “Properties”
  3. Click the “Policies” tab. Make sure that “Optimize drive for performance” is selected, unless you plan on removing the drive often (which, hopefully, you don’t). Check “Enable Write Caching” to enable caching. If you want to go a step further, check “Enable advanced performance.” Be warned that power failures are more likely to cause corrupt files with caching on, but if you’re running on a laptop (like myself) or if you have an uninterruptable power supply (a UPS), you’re fine.
  4. Thats it! Go enjoy some speed. The kind on your computer.
  • Max Kon

    this is actually really helpful. thanks for the entry.

  • Salem

    I’m glad you liked it :D

  • xiaolili612

    I think it is hard to speed up my computer’s hard drive.