This article provides instructions to improve sầu the performance of an external storage device when using Windows.

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Here are a few methods khổng lồ improve the performance of your device:

Checking system resourcesEnabling write caching in hardware settingsFormatting your device NTFS, the Windows native sầu file system

NOTE: Enabling write caching will increase the speed of your device regardless of the format you choose.

Checking system resources:

When doing large data transfers or trying to lớn maximize overall speed of the transfer it is best lớn ensure that any extra tasks are held khổng lồ a minimum. This will allow your system to lớn put more focus on the data transfer which should increase its performance.

What is write caching?

Write caching is used lớn improve sầu performance by using the volatile memory (RAM) to collect write commands sent khổng lồ a storage device. Caching these commands allows the computer to lớn temporarily save them until it"s written to an external storage device.

While it’s true that write caching improves performance, some precautions need lớn be taken. It’s important khổng lồ be aware of the risks such as data loss or data corruption due to lớn power loss, hardware failure, or not safely ejecting the device simply because the data left in the RAM has not been written khổng lồ the external storage device. For more information see this linked Microsoft article.

NOTE: It’s extremely important khổng lồ safely remove sầu your external storage device before disconnecting it from your computer. Safely removing instructions are provided below.

How to enable write caching in Windows:

Connect your external storage device to lớn the computerRight-click My Computer or This PC, và then cliông xã Manage.Select Device Manager.Expvà Disk Drives.Right-click the drive on which you want lớn turn disk write caching on or off, and then clichồng Properties.Clichồng the Policies tab.Cliông xã lớn select Better performanceCliông chồng to lớn select Enable write caching on the deviceClick OK.

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How to Safely Remove sầu your external storage device:

Cliông chồng the Safely Remove sầu icon in your Windows System Tray to view the devices you can eject.
Windows 7Windows 8 /Windows 10

If you don"t see the Safely Remove sầu Hardware inhỏ, clichồng Show hidden icons arrow in the system tray khổng lồ display all icons in the notification area.In the list of devices, choose the device you want khổng lồ remove sầu. Windows displays a notification when it is safe to remove sầu the device.Disconnect the hard drive sầu from the computer.

Optimize performance by formatting your device NTFS

Some external storage devices are preformatted exFAT for compatibility with both Mac và Windows computers. If you use the drive sầu only on a Windows computer, you can optimize file copy performance by formatting the drive sầu NTFS.

Choosing a file system

Use NTFS if:…you connect the storage device lớn Windows computers, & you don’t need to allow a Mac to write khổng lồ the storage device.

Use exFAT if:…you need lớn allow both Mac và Windows computers khổng lồ read và write to lớn the storage device.

How khổng lồ format your device:

Make sure the storage device is connected & mounted on the computer.Go to lớn Search & then type Disk Management. In the tìm kiếm results, double-cliông xã Disk Management.From the các mục of storage devices in the middle of the Disk Management window, locate your external storage device.The partition must be available to lớn format. If it is currently formatted, right cliông xã on the partition and then choose Delete.To create a new partition, right clichồng on the volume & select New Simple Volume. Follow the on-screen instructions when the New Simple Volume Wizard appears.

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NOTE: If your device has write caching enabled, exFAT tệp tin system is not available when performing a Quichồng Format. See below:


In this case, to lớn reformat exFAT you need khổng lồ delete the volume in Disk Management then follow the prompts khổng lồ format the drive sầu as exFAT.