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Hard Disk Cache setting on

By piotrb
Oct 14, 2008
  1. Hi, I have a problem with hard disk cache - its 8mb, but due to some kind of wrong system instalation (win XP), system doesnt see cache at all.
    Is there any possibillity to set it on in windows, or reinstalation is the only way?
    Thanx
    Piotr
     
  2. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

    Start->Run, devmgmt.msc

    Find your disk under Disk Drives
    Rt click, select Properties
    Look in the Policies Tab... See it?
     
  3. piotrb

    piotrb TS Rookie Topic Starter

    devmngmt

    Sure, but this doesnt work, disk is still to slow, and when you check drive settings by siw.exe, cache is 0. Same problem with same notebook and same hard disk had my friend, he reinstalled everything and than cache appeared. I have so many application installed, taht it is not the way I want.
     
  4. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

    Any more specific an answer isn't possible without any more specific info on your specs!

    Why don't you save your siw output into a text file and attach it to a post here. (If you don't see the paper clip icon you need to click the TechSpot Advanced Reply button)
     
  5. piotrb

    piotrb TS Rookie Topic Starter

    siw output

    Property Value
    Type Fixed hard disk media
    Vendor Toshiba
    Model TOSHIBA MK1637GSX
    Interface IDE SATA
    Serial Number Y71JFDE0S
    Revision DL030G
    Size 160 GBytes
    Removable No
    Location Primary Controller - Master drive
    Controller Buffer Size on Drive 0 KBytes
    Capabilities DMA, LBA, IORDY_Disable, IORDY
    PIO Mode Support 0 - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4
    DMA SW Mode Support 0 - 1 - 2
    DMA MW Mode Support 0 - 1 - 2
    UDMA Mode Support 0 - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 (ATA/66) - 5 (ATA/100)
    Current UDMA mode 5 (ATA-100)
    Support NCQ Yes
    Support IFPWRMNGTRCV Yes
    SMART Support Yes

    Attribute Name Attribute Value Threshold Value Raw Data
    Raw Read Error Rate (01) 100 050 0
    Throughput Performance (02) 100 050 0
    Spin Up Time (03) 100 001 1682
    Start/Stop Count (04) 100 000 750
    Reallocated Sector Count (05) 100 050 0
    Seek Error Rate (07) 100 050 0
    Seek Time Performance (08) 100 050 0
    Power On Hours Count (09) 099 000 751
    Spin Retry Count (0A) 114 030 0
    Power Cycle Count (0C) 100 000 750
    Emergency Retract Cycle Count (C0) 100 000 5
    Load/unload cycle count (C1) 098 000 23676
    HDA Temperature (C2) 100 000 983071
    Reallocation event count (C4) 100 000 0
    Current pending sector count (C5) 100 000 0
    Off-line uncorrectable sector count (C6) 100 000 0
    Ultra ATA CRC Error Rate (C7) 200 000 0
    Disk shift (DC) 100 000 159
    Loaded hours (DE) 099 000 630
    Load retry count (DF) 100 000 0
    Load friction (E0) 100 000 0
    Load-in time (E2) 100 000 328
    Head flying hours (F0) 100 001 0
     
  6. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

    I'm not certain why it would be showing a buffer size of 0.

    - One possibility might be in the disk's firmware. But i haven't found any such issue related to the firmware level DL030G reported on your drive

    Other things you might check for:
    - Do you have the latest drivers loaded for the chipset on the motherboard in your computer?
    - Check BIOS version and BIOS settings if anything related to recognizing that drive and features correctly. SIW must be reporting BIOS version being used. You'd have to check the system manufacturer or motherboard provider on BIOS versions available and product manuals describing appropriate settings that might apply
     
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