Cannot Enable Write Caching

September 3, 2011 at 03:51:34
Specs: Windows 7
Hey guys, for the past few months I have been recording to my second hard drive using fraps, and it has been working a charm! until yesterday it suddenly decided to stop writing at a decent speed, after replugging it, trying different slots I reinstalled it to no dice, however I now beleive its because Write Caching is disabled, however when I go to enable it I tick the box, press okay and the window says "<Hard drive name> ATA device manager (Not responding)" this is a huge pain in the neck as I need to enable this in order to be able to record videos without the frame rates being nerfed heavily due to slacky writing speeds!

I would appreciate it if anyone could offer me a work around!

the HD in question is a Western Digital Green 500gb, 7200rpm


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September 3, 2011 at 10:54:44
I don't think your problem is caused by write caching being turned off. Sudden changes in performance are often a sign of hardware failure. At least you must seriously consider the possibility.

First you need to ensure the safety of your data. That means having a backup of all important files. Of course you should have this anyway.
After your data is secure you should run the drive diagnostic utility from the manufacturer.

If all tests are OK then you can consider other possibilities.

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September 3, 2011 at 22:51:49
Hey thanks for the reply, there is no big/important files, its basically a dump for all my recordings apparently its fine after running diagnostics, smart tests etc.
It just suddenly stopped writing fast, I'm gonna reformat it etc and see if there is any success

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