Speeding up Windows Vista Part 5: Speeding up the hard drive

This is part 5 in a series of 6 articles on how to speed up Windows Vista. In this part, we explain how to adjust your settings in order to speed up the hard drive access.
To open the other parts of the article, please use the links at the end of this part.

Table of Contents:


Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Speeding up the system start-up I (ReadyBoost)
Part 3: Speeding up the system start-up II (Starting with two processor cores)
Part 4: Deactivating Windows Aero
Part 5: Speeding up the hard drive
Part 6: Deactivating unused hardware


Note: This tip is only for users of desktop PCs with a constant power supply. Users of notebooks should not carry out this tip, since an interruption of the power supply (for example during a complete discharge of batteries) can lead to considerable data loss.


You should always confirm eventual safety warnings by the User Account Control (UAC) by clicking Continue.





Speeding up the hard drive

  1. Click the Start button.






  2. On the right hand side, click Control Panel.








  3. Click Hardware and Sound.





  4. In the following dialog box, click Device Manager.






  5. The Device Manager opens. In the tree-structure, click on the little plus sign in front of Disk drives to display your hard drive(s).






  6. Right-click on the entry. If you employ more than one drive, internal hard drives can be recognized by the addition “ATA Device”. In this case, choose the first hard drive.





  7. In the context menu, click Properties.





  8. Click the Policies tab.





  9. Check the Enable advanced performance box.





  10. Finish by clicking OK. The modifications will be immediately effective.





References

The other articles in the series on how to speed up Windows Vista are:
Part 1: Introduction

Part 2: Speeding up the system start-up I (ReadyBoost)

Part 3: Speeding up the system start-up II (Starting with two processor cores)

Part 4: Deactivating Windows Aero

Part 5: Speeding up the hard drive - this article

Part 6: Deactivating unused hardware

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