How to Optimize USB storage on Windows 10 PC/Laptop?


Optimize USB storage for better performance of your USB storage on Windows 10 PC/Laptop

In 2018, Microsoft launched a system update in October, the update stated that the Windows 10 operating system will no longer optimize the performance of external storage devices automatically. The update instead introduced the ‘quick removal’ of the device. Whenever you write to the drive, Windows writes the data to the drive as quickly as possible. This ensures you can remove the USB drive without using the “Safely Remove Hardware” option in theory. However, a program may be writing to your USB drive in the background anyway.

Microsoft introduced this feature to increase performance on the Windows 10 system, but however, it reduces the performance of the USB drive as no optimization has been done. Before going to learn to optimize your USB storage lets take a look at how Quick removal and Better Performance policies differ.

Quick Removal

By default, the Windows 10 operating system uses the ‘Quick Removal’ policy. This policy disables the write cache on the device. Since it disables the write cache, users can disconnect the USB device safely without using the ‘Safely remove hardware’ option.

Better Performance

Another option is the ‘Better Performance’ policy. Unlike Quick Removal, Better Performance focuses on improving the performance of the USB device. To enhance the performance, it enables the write caching in Windows.

So as you can see Better performance is the best solution for your USB drive, what do you think? Now let’s learn how to optimize your USB storage by enabling Better Performace.

How to Optimize USB storage on Windows 10 PC/Laptop?

  1. The first thing you need to do is ensure that your external storage device is connected to your computer.
  2. Now, go to your taskbar, then right-click the Windows icon.
  3. Select Disk Management from the options.
  4. Once the Disk Management window is open, look for the name of the disk you want to configure.
  5. Right-click the disk, then select Properties.
  6. Go to the Policies tab, then click Better Performance.
  7. Remember that when you select Better Performance, you need to activate the ‘Enable write caching on the device’ setting under the Write-Caching policy.
  8. Note: If your external storage device does not have its own power supply, you should not enable the ‘Turn off Windows write-cache buffer flushing on the device’ option. Otherwise, you may lose data in the event of a power failure.
  9. To save the changes you made, click OK.
  10. Don’t forget to use the ‘Safely Remove Hardware’ feature before disconnecting your USB flash drive from your PC.

This is how you can enable better performance policy and optimize your USB storage after every use. Have any issues while performing this tutorial? Mention them in the comment section below we will try to solve it ASAP!! For more news on tech and cybersecurity stay tuned on Android Rookies by subscribing to our newsletter from here


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