Optimize USB disk speed performance by enabling Write Caching
Quick Removal is configured by default when connecting a USB disk to a Windows machine (with this setting used to ensure the device can be unplugged without the need to go through the Safe Removal process) which in turn disables Write Caching.
Where speed problems are experienced with a USB attached disk (slow copying, reading or writing) it is possible to optimize its performance by enabling Write Caching in the Device Manager, improving access and write speeds to and from the disk.
As such we suggest enabling Write Caching before performing a Backup & Recovery Seed Backup.
Enable Write Caching
- Access the Computer Management console
- Right-click on My Computer or the Computer icon
- Select Manage from the menu
Start > Run > compmgmt.msc
- Under Device Manager
- Expand Disk Drives
- Right-click on the required drive and go to Properties
- Navigate to the Policies tab
- Change the setting from Quick Removal (default) to Better Performance (or Optimize for Performance depending on the version of Windows).
- Exit out of the dialogs, using OK to save changes where required.
Where Write Caching is enabled please unmount the disk using Safely Remove Hardware.