I Want to Increase the Transfer Rate of My Flash Drive

Written by matthew schieltz
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Transferring data from a flash drive to a desktop computer or laptop can take time, especially if you're transferring one gigabyte or more of data at one time. However, you can increase the data transfer rate of your flash drive by enabling write-caching on the flash drive. When you enable write-caching and then transfer large amounts of data, the flash drive uses your system's high-speed cache to tell your computer that data has been stored successfully. In actuality, your system continues to write data from the cache to the hard disk until the storage is complete. Write-caching increases performance and data transfer rates.

Skill level:
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Instructions

  1. 1

    Insert the USB drive into an available USB port on your computer.

  2. 2

    Click the "Start" button in Windows XP and click "Run." Click the Windows logo button in Windows Vista and 7. Type "devmgmt.msc" in the "Run" box in Windows XP and in the "Search files" box in Windows 7 and Vista. Press "Enter."

  3. 3

    Click the arrow or "plus" symbol next to "Disk Drives."

  4. 4

    Double-click the name of the USB flash drive to open its "Properties" box. Select the "Policies" tab.

  5. 5

    Click the "Better Performance" option in the "Removal Policy" section.

  6. 6

    Click to place a checkmark in both the "Enable write caching on this device" and "Turn off Windows write-cache buffer flushing on this device" boxes. Click "OK." Close the Device Manager window.

Tips and warnings

  • You must click the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon in the taskbar next to the system clock when removing your flash drive to prevent data loss.

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