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Problem with Write Caching :(

Q: Problem with Write Caching :(

I have a problem.
Isn't available policy of Performance Disk, and... write caching not working.
And I can not find its way to activate it from other side.
In the device manager, into the options of the disk, Performance Policy not appears. Before it was available in previous betas, but in this case it is impossible for me to activate the option.
Some form of activity? Thank you.

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Hi guys, my USB HDD started showing the 'delayed write failure' pop-ups so I changed the properties to 'Optimize for performance' and enabled write caching (previously it was set to 'optimize for quick removal').

Now the HDD wont show up in any PC, not in explorer / disk management ......i have rebooted, unplugged and waited, opened the caddy disconnected HDD and put together again but nothing.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, there is about 250GB of stuff on it lol.

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So, it's time I asked a question. I've got this awesome little 7eeePC you've probably read about as I babble on about it like a schoolgirl in many of my posts and I'd like to show of it's WEI score to convince folks it's not quite as castrated as some have insinuated. Only, the machine will not complete system assessment complaining about write caching not being enabled. I try to enable it but

In order to shoehorn 7057 into under 3GB of space some things had to go. Like help. Can anyone tell me what that link there says or how I might fix this?

A:Write Caching

You could try to update the mainboard bios if there's a new version available. It won't definitely fix it to be able, but there is a decent chance. Also, the controller drivers should be updated to latest, if they are not already.

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Ok, so my hard drive in ACHI mode does not allow me to enable write caching but in compatibility mode it does.

Should I enable write caching?

Also this whole thing about memory loss is bugging me on what they are talking about. I have a laptop with a battery and mostly has power. But what if power were to cut off or it gets somehow unpluged, will my HD be corrupt? or would that "Word" document I was working on that was not saved be gone, everything else will be fine?


A:Write caching

You can read this tutorial from Vistax64 on it. Basically, it's not recommended for laptops without a UPS. I believe if the power were to go out, only the temp. cache would be lost, so like your word document you were working on might be lost if it were to go out.
Hard drive speed boosts - Vista Forums
Also a tut on how to enable it with AHCI on, but I don't think it was relevant if you read all the comments in the tutorial.
Hard Drive Advanced Write Caching - Fix Cannot Enable - Vista Forums

But be notified that having it enabled has caused many to have a lower reported WEI score.
Experience Index. Low HD result


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I have all my external drives set to "quick removal" option, so I don't have to use the "safe-removal" option.

On my internal drives, I have it set to "Enable write caching."

It says that a power outage could cause data loss.
Since I always use the "sleep" option, is this option safe?




Hello Paul,

Unless you have power outages often, then I wouldn't worry about it set like that.

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With explorer. Copy a large, say 700mb file from folder a to b on a regular HDD, should take 10-15 secs right. If you watch resmon, disk activity, you will see write activity to the destination folder for almost a full minute afterwards. Anyone know what's going on here? I don't have restore (previous versions of files) enabled either.

A:Write caching or ???

Indexing perhaps?

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On another thread I had stated that there will be a performance hit if you turn off write caching for a SSD. But on second thought, I am not so sure any more.

What write caching allows (in my understanding) is to accumulate records in a buffer so that so that they can be written to the disk in one big swoop. That is an advantage on a spinning disk because all those records are written during the same rotation - and there is also only one seek for the arm.

I wonder though whether that brings the same advantage to the SSD where access time to any place is the same - and it is usually only 0.1ms. There would be an advantage if the records were written in larger blocks from the buffer because the SSD's write performance grows as the block size grows. But if records are still being written e.g. 4K at a time, there may not be an advantage.

Does anybody know whether the blocksize for the write operations increases with caching?

A:For the write caching experts

Hi whs - I see your point about the "write caching" and the SSD. Actually I think SSD's do write smaller blocks of data even faster than large sequential blocks so you could very well be right.

It would be interesting to run a series of tests with the "write caching" turned both on and off- Checking the Windows Disk WEI and checking the results of some of the disk benchmarking utilities (like HD Tune and ATTO).

At the moment I have my "write caching" turned on.

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I would like to be able to disable Write Caching for both of my external drives. One HDD is a 1TB, FAT32 formatted drive which allows me to disable write caching whereas my 650GB, NTFS formatted drive has the option completely grayed out.

As you can see from these screen shots (click to enlarge them), the drives look very different and for whatever reason, the option to disable write caching on the NTFS drive is not possible. I'm currently running Vista Ultimate x64 and have updated all drivers and BIOS. If anyone has an ideas, I'd be grateful for any information about how to disable this.

A:External USB HDDs - Write Caching

I think write caching is disabled for external drives by default under Vista.

Out of curiosity, why do you wish to alter these settings?

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Hiyas, ok when running bootvis to see my system boot up time I see,"Disk write cacheing is disabled". Now how the heck did I disable this, and how do i reenable? Could this be turned off by default whenever a bad block is detected?

EDIT: I tried to optimize it and the process did nothing.

A:Enable Disk Write Caching.

Open My Computer right click your harddrive choose properties then the Hardware tab, then properties again then the Policies tab and see if "Enable write caching on this Disk" is checked off.

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Hello all! I have two concerns...

1. My external HDD has 64mb of cache and is connected via Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) 1200va along with my entire computer. Should I enable write caching, and how will enabling it benefit me?

2. I have been using ShadowProtect to backup my data and OS; is it okay to defrag this external drive? Will it negatively affect my backup data?

Thanks everyone!

A:Write Caching and Defragging External HDD

Question 2. If the back up is on the external drive do not defrag, you can lose all of your data and then you have to start over.

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I have a Maxtor Diamond Max Plus 9 200 gig Hard Drive, 8mb cache buffer, running on XP. with P4, 3.06. When I run Boot Vis, it says "warning disk write cache disabled". If this is enabled, won't my computer boot faster and run and load faster, in general?

It seems to me I have seen somewhere that it has to do with hyperthreading, it has to be disabled? If this is true, is there any advantage in disabling hyperthreading in order get the 8 mb cache enabled. Is hyperthreading reall necessary? I run mostly games on this computer.

SHOULD it be enabled, and if so how do I do all this, in the bios?

A:disk write caching disabled


According to this article:


Write caching may cause slower disk performance in 2k and XP. I haven't really experimented with write caching on my Maxtor drive (a 200gB) or my Western Digital (WD-800JB). In fact, I'm not even sure if they have write-caching enabled.

You might want to check out this link, which tells you how to disable write-caching (it's Device Manager-based):


Of course, as I'm sure you know, be careful when doing things with your hard drives.

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I have several 2TB WD My Passport and a Toshiba USB 3.0 external drives,
but none has the option to enable Write-caching policy under Policies tab.
I need to do this because my TB transfers between two drives is way too slow, about 58MBps average speed, only !!

I have another (new) 4TB Seagate USB 3.0, that one has the both options:
*Better performance (default)
* Enable write-caching on the device

So is there anyway I could enable Write-caching to speed up those drives as they should be?
My Laptop and all the external drives are USB 3.0, so it can't be this slow, no?

Please see the screenshot attached:

Any HELP is highly appreciated.
Thank you all.

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Hi. Right before I reinstalled my Vista Ultimate x64, I had an option to select write caching and advanced performance. I got 2x500GB in RAID0, 1x500GB and 1x200GB. None of them shows the option to select write caching. Is there a way to enable this?
Thanks for any help.

A:Write caching or advanced performance disabled

Originally Posted by SLAiNTRAX


Perhaps you are using an out dated RAID driver? That's the only real difference I could see between then and now.

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Hey All,

This is probably a pretty nooby question but I can't seem to find any answers online.

I used to use VMware Workstation, but I've since switched to Hyper-V as it's built into Windows 8.

I was setting up a server from scratch (2008 r2) and I added the role of Domain Controller to my server, which all went through with no problems at all.

I decided to check through the warnings given in the event log and I came across the following message:

Active Directory Domain Services could not disable the software-based disk write cache on the following hard disk. Hard disk: %1 Data might be lost during system failures.

(ID: 1539)

I've tried to manually disable write-caching, but I just get the following message:

This device does not allow its write cache setting to be modified

Does anybody know how to disable the write caching? I can't seem to find any documentation on this and I'm not sure if this is just standard behaviour of Hyper-V?

Cheers all,


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Hi all,

I was just reading this tutorial about how to improve the performance of my internal hard disks, but when I try to access the Write-caching panel on Devices I can?t see the option to activate. Is it possible I need specific drivers from manufacturer ? ... not sure.

Thanks for you comments !

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Hi guys,

I want to use ready boost with my win 7 laptop using my 16gb usb flash drive.
But i thought i should enable write-caching first. When i went to policies tab under properties i found two checkboxes i clicked both and then ok .
I got an error "windows could not change the write-caching setting for this device. Your device might not support this feature or changing the setting. " plz guys tell me how to enable it. I have only 2gb ram and an i3 processor with ati radeon 6700m graphics card

Waiting for quick Responses,
Thanka in advance

A:Cant enable disk write caching on usb flash drive

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Dear Forum Users,

I have two HDs in my system:

1. WD Caviar Blue 500GB (OS Drive)
2. WD Caviar Green 1TB

I've read that enabling write-caching may speed up drive performance. I checked on my 1TB drive, it was already enabled. On my 500GB drive though it was disabled.

So I then decided to enable write-caching on my 500GB drive. I proceeded to do so without any apparent problems. However after doing a system restart I saw that it went back to being disabled again.

I've tried this several times already, same thing each time!

Enable write caching restart write caching disabled again.

Does anyone have an idea why this is happening? How to fix this?



A:Disk Write Caching won't stay Enabled after System Restart

Does no one have any Idea?? =\

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I just purchased a new T480 with the 1Tb SSD drive. In device manager the drive is listed with the following model attributes: SCSI\DiskNVMe____SAMSUNG_MZVLB1T0EXA7SCSI\DiskNVMe____SAMSUNG_MZVLB1T0SCSI\NVMe____SAMSUNG_MZVLB1T0ETwo questions to the group please: 1)  The driver in use for the drive is a "generic" Microsoft driver  V10.0.16299.371   dated  2006 ....I would have thought there would be a more recent / more efficient driver for this drive? 2) Write Caching is enabled in the driver.  I'm no wizard at this, but it doesn't seem like that would be necessary? Thanks for any help!Jim 

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Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1. I've noticed this strange behaviour where, after I have un-ticked "Enable write caching" for the main (only) drive in my laptop (Intel 240GB SSD) the setting keeps getting turned on again every time Windows wakes up from sleep. I turn if off again, and then it's on again after waking up.

What could be causing this, and is there another way (eg. group policy or registry setting) of forceably, permanently, disabling write caching? Or could this be some sort of driver issue? I wouldn't have thought turning a feature *off* would be a problem though.

A:SSD "Enable Write Caching" turning back on after being turned off

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Is hibernation disabled ?
Not a great thing to do on a laptop seeing it has a battery.

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I have windows Vista home basic 32 bit operating system. Recently i installed IE9 ans now if i open a website after clearing cache it gives HTTP code 200 on fidddler then on second session it gives 304 for most of the request . My temporary internet file setting is "Automatic". I checked on temporary internet files and nothing is seen there. If i do the same in firefox 4 then on second request it doesnt give 304 and content is served from cache and i am able to see the content there in firefox cache.
1). In case of IE9 if content is not there in cache then how it is giving HTTP response code 304 (not modified)
2). Is there any other cache other than disc cache if yes then how can i see the content of that cache.

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I recently installed IE9 on my Windows vista home 32 bit. Whenever I open a website after clearing browser cache then on fiddler first time it gives HTTP code 200 for all requests. When i check on browser cache all gif, jpeg, js are cached and expiry time is 1 month. But when i open the same page it gives HTTP Status code 304 for gif, jpeg and js.
Not able to figure it out why it is not picking the content fron the browser cache. Temporary Internet Files setting in set to "Automatic".

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I have a company network with 2 internal dns servers on and
Using DHCP.

2 problem Win7 clients.

When I run ipconfig /all on both it shows both DNS servers as expected 

We have a corporate server on AWS and it's IP address changed on Monday during a restart.
Shouldn't have but it did, so we are stuck with a new public facing DNS name for that server, so we updated the friendly CNAME record to point to the new address.

18 of our 20 internal clients, including Win7, 8 and 10 clients and Mac and Linux clients are all finding the corporate server now using the original friendly name.

But 2 Win7 clients are still not getting there.

On both, if we run
nslookup <friendly.domname.com>

It returns the name of of our primary internal DNS server (as nameserver) and the NEW IP address of the host address

So it seems that the client's base OS DNS lookup returns the correct IP.

If I paste that IP into either chrome or Internet Explorer, I get the correct website.

However, if I enter <friendly.domname.com> into either browser (and Firefox) a different website appears.

I can in Chrome test the dns resolver using chrome://net-internals/#dns which returns a list of addresses in chromes internal cache.
And I can flush that browser dns cache by clicking the "clear host cache" button

If I then try the same <friendly.domname.com> again, the cache list is re-populated with a bunch of urls acce... Read more

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i'm a newbie web designer, and i've got what seems to be a pb w/caching. the pb only occurs in IE -- not mozilla or netscape.

what happens is, the page loads and i go to mouse over an image where i've got image swapping set up for a mouseover. instead of just swapping the image, IE does another GET. once the mouse leaves the image, IE does yet another GET to redisplay the image it already had. i can keep doing this ad infinitum, it does a GET for every single image swap, even once it's gotten the image already.

here's weird thing #1: i'm preloading the images. looking at the web server trace file, IE definitely does preload the images, so it shouldn't need to keep GETting them.

weird thing #2: going to another page by clicking a link, then using "back" to get back to the bad page alleviates the pb; the bad page displays perfectly.

now here's weird thing #3: the pb goes away when i completely clear out the cache! if i manually delete all the files in Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5 and then go into internet options and do it again so that IE knows everything's gone, then reload the page -- everything works fine, just like it does w/mozilla! no delays on image swapping! IE preloads the images and swaps them w/o doing any more GETs. i was thinking that if it were a pb w/the image not being cached, a sure way to reproduce the pb would be to clear out the cache. in fact, that solves the pb.

if you want to see what ... Read more

A:weird caching problem

I am using IE 6.0 and it is working properly for me!

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Some months ago, I sent an email message to someone from Outlook, and the text of the message was simply "It works!"

I have several blogs I administer. They are wordpress sites. Sometimes when I try and access them, I get a blank screen with only the words "It works!"

I have tried a cache cleaner called CCcleaner, and done all of the other memory dumps that are available thru Windows.

This problem occurs across all browsers, I have seen it in Flock, Firefox, Chrome, Safara, and IE 8, so its definitely a problem within my system.

Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

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At the moment we are running an online virtual world game with around 1500 simultaneous users in the evening and around 1200 new users a day. Unique logins are around 13000. They are mostly kids between 8 and 12 years old. Currently we are having problems with files not being cached in the browsers of our clients. We tried all kinds of different headers but to no result. This results in heavy bandwidth usage of our server giving us high costs. Since most of our users use Internet Explorer we don't want to rule out IE specific problems (if any exist). Last month we moved around 6000 gigs.

The situation is as follows:

We have 34mb worth of files ( SWF's and some MP3's) of which the main SWF file is the largest (8mb). This file loads all the other files depending on need. We are not using any get or post parameters on url's to load these files and the files are 100% static. We are not using any expiry dates or times. The only thing we basically use is if-modified-since in our headers. We don't do any frequent updates of our content.

Yet hardly anything seems to stay in the cache, with our own tests, it seems fine for a couple of hours but after a longer time ( maybe 24h) it seems to disappear from the cache without any serious browsing or downloading. Although we don't have hard evidence for it we don't think it is the cache of our client overflowing as it would require a lot of browsing and downloading for that to happen. Which is not very likely for an average... Read more

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Some months ago, I sent an email message to someone from Outlook, and the text of the message was simply "It works!"

I have several blogs I administer. They are wordpress sites. Sometimes when I try and access them, I get a blank screen with only the words "It works!"

I have tried a cache cleaner called CCcleaner, and done all of the other memory dumps that are available thru Windows.

This problem occurs across all browsers, I have seen it in Flock, Firefox, Chrome, Safara, and IE 8, so its definitely a problem within my system.

UPDATE: Bought a new netbook this weekend, tried to call up my website, got the "IT works" message even on new computer. Operating Belkin Router in house. Could this be a router cache problem? If so, how to correct.

It is NOT a problem with the site (http://burgersdogspizza.com), because no one outside my house ever sees this problem.

Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

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So I have Internet Explorer 7 beta 3 RC1 or w/e and recently it stopped caching my pages at all. I've set the amount of disc space to use to 70 MB and to let it Automatically check for updates of pages, and I don't delete the temporary files, yet whenever I go to GMail there is a noticeable pause on The Loading page. Normally it skips that page since it's already been cached, but nowawadays it stays there for like 1 minute. It doesn't cache any other page either, I've tried it with Google, my blog, TH, TSG, etc. Any help? I want it to cache properly so I can reduce wait times when browsing.
I've tried clearing all my temporary files (temp files, cookies, history, etc.), reinstalling Internet Explorer 7, and rebooting the computer and such but no luck.
Below is my HJT log if it helps. Thanks guys.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 10:45:21 PM, on 06/09/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5450.0004)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\S... Read more

A:Solved: Internet Explorer 7 beta 3 MAJOR page-caching problem


I've moved this to Web and Email for more response

Just to put your mind at ease, its not just IE7. I have IE6 on XP home, and it does it for me on Gmail. It just sits there, but if you click Refresh, it finds the page. I wonder if there has been an increase in users.

I know that they've changed their page layout recently, so maybe that has someting to do with it.

Or have I misread this post, and its with all websites? I'll see if someone can take a look at your HT log.



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I get the error message that "cannot write to the reports file" when I change any settings in McAfee 4.5.1....what's the problem???

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I am trying to write disk to my model of dvd plds+dvd-rw+ds8a9sh el3a firmware  but on the wndows 10 and windows 7 ultimate I am getting the same error that write process goes very fast and ends with fail. I am using the normal cd writing way provided by both windows.
the firmware utility says that there is no update needed for the el3a as it is the latest one.
in the even viewer I am getting the same error ""error 7 ,rom0 device has a bad block" .
when I am using bios built in function of Lenovo it passes the test successfully but when try to write using above of the operating systems then it says that above error in both of these. the dxdiag command result is as follows.

some files are here.
Mod's Edit: System model added to the front of Subject line to improve visibility / clarity and moved post to a model specific forum.

A:B590 - dvd rom write test works but failed to write disk

It looks that it is firmware error after trying all the tests. But there is no firmware on the manufacturer webisit(LENOVO) or PLDS manufacturer(DVD ROM) website.Any suggestions.

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New dv6-7000 laptop (Win7 64-bit) has a problem I can't seem to solve:  When using any SDHC memory card you cannot write or erase files to the card.  You can read the files just fine, but you get a "Write Protected" error when trying to write or erase.   The card is, of course, not write protected, and can be written to in several other laptop/desktop SD drives that I've tried.   And I've tried different brands/sizes of SDHC cards.  Smaller capacity regular SD cards work just fine.   I tried removing this device and rebooting to reinstall the hardware, but no help. The Realtek SD Driver shows as version 6.1.7600.16385 in Device Manager properties, dated 6/20/06.  HP's support site shows a newer driver version 6.1.7601.29005 dated 2/24/12.  When I download and run sp56166.exe to update the driver, it seems to go through the update process successfully. But the driver still shows as the older version in Device Manager.  And, of course, the problem still exists.  Any ideas would be much appreciated!  Hard to believe that a new dv6 laptop can't properly write or erase files from High Capacity SDHC memory cards.   Thank you!

A:dv6-7000 can't write to SDHC cards ("write protected" error)

I understand high capacity SD cards return the message they are write protected in your system.


I take it the write protect switch is in the off/disable position on the card since they work in other systems.


What is the product number?

NOTE: Do NOT provide the serial number.


What brand and model is the SDHC card?



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about cortana , can it write an email , i mean the body and can i use to use it and write a word document

because i bought word 2010 ,that's pretty old

A:can cortana write an email or can i use to write with microsoft word?

Cortana is essentially a search tool. It's a bit of a toy (my personal opinion!) which attempts (sometimes) to give a slightly intelligent answer to a very limited range and format of questions, otherwise simply opening your browser and launching a search.

It can recognise speech as well.

It can also search your indexed files and folders.

It also gives some sometimes amusing answers set up by MS to silly questions.

So no, it's not a word processor, nor is it an email client.

If you're worried about the age of your office suite, I wouldn't particularly, unless there's a particular document type you need which it doesn't support. You can always use one of the free office suites, or one of the many free word processors if you prefer.

I almost never prepare text for emails in a separate word processor, unless it's to be attached as a document.

Hope that helps.

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about cortana , can it write an email , i mean the body and can i use to use it and write a word document

because i bought word 2010 ,that's pretty old

A:can cortana write an email or can i use to write with microsoft word?

Cortana is essentially a search tool. It's a bit of a toy (my personal opinion!) which attempts (sometimes) to give a slightly intelligent answer to a very limited range and format of questions, otherwise simply opening your browser and launching a search.

It can recognise speech as well.

It can also search your indexed files and folders.

It also gives some sometimes amusing answers set up by MS to silly questions.

So no, it's not a word processor, nor is it an email client.

If you're worried about the age of your office suite, I wouldn't particularly, unless there's a particular document type you need which it doesn't support. You can always use one of the free office suites, or one of the many free word processors if you prefer.

I almost never prepare text for emails in a separate word processor, unless it's to be attached as a document.

Hope that helps.

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Hi everyone. I'm having somewhat of an odd problem here, and I've tried many things, asked some people, even called some companies...no luck so far, so I thought I'd try the hardware forums here.

For right now, I am trying three different hard drives in this system. There is a:

160GB Maxtor 7200RPM - Primary IDE Channel Master
60GB Maxtor 7200RPM - Primary IDE Channel Slave
80GB Maxtor 7200RPM - Swapped on and off with the 60GB on the primary slave for testing

The problem I am having is this. When either the 60GB or 80GB drives are on the same channel as the 160GB drive, I get DMA write errors when writing to whatever the slave drive is (either the 60 or the 80).

The 160 never has had an error writing to it, so I am fairly certain it's not the cable (it's a month old cable anyway).

If, however, I put either the 60GB or 80GB on to the secondary channel while leaving the 160GB on the primary (on separate channels), then there are no errors writing to either the 60GB or the 80GB...which to me pretty much rules out the drives as failing.

A few things that make this odd are:

1) The fact that the 160GB drive works perfectly in all scenarios.
2) While trying both the 60GB and 80GB drives on the same channel, the 80GB drive accumulates hundreds and hundreds of errors when copying a bunch of files, where as the 60GB drive only accumulates 18 errors after 39GB of data.
2) If I slow down the UDMA mode from UDMA133 to UDMA66 on the 80GB while on th... Read more

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I have a Mat****a-dvd-ram-uj-840s in my Qosmio Laptop. I had upgraded from xp to Vista 32. I never had problems reading/writing with my DVD. Now it sometimes does not recognize if there is a file on the DVD or CD RAM... it also no longer writes DVD or CDRAM correctly. I think this may be due to a virus i recently had. Are there any fixes you can recommend? I do see the drive in My Computer. thank

A:Problem with DVD-RAM write

Originally Posted by slancio

I have a Mat****a-dvd-ram-uj-840s in my Qosmio Laptop.

I don't know why your burns sometimes fail, but I'd like to suggest to any representatives of "Mat****a" who may be watching that it's high time to reconsider their choice of company name in this global economy, lest all mention of them should continue to be automatically censored by web forum software

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Am running win xp sp3 on an Acer travelmate. I tried to write a large number of jpegs and a few AVIs to DVD a while ago and couldn't get the thing to read after it had written.

However, I have since tried to burn a compilation music album onto CD - nowhere near the magnitude of the images and I find the same thing is happening. Both NTI cd maker and CD burner XP appear to be writing fine - the process is exactly as it's always been, but I can't read the disc once written. My son put the disc in his macbook and couldn't read it there either.

Do I assume the DVD writer hardware is defunct and if so, is there a tool to test it?

Anyone any suggestions?


A:DVD write problem

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I'm trying to understand how fast a DVD burns, I mean in minutes it takes to burn data to the disk. What I want to burn to DVD is actually just data for storage, not movies.

Let's say I want to burn 4.7 Gigabytes of data to a DVD. The way I calculate it, if I burn at 2.4x, it should take about 27 minutes to do this, once the burn is started.

Is that about right?

By the way, I don't own a burner... yet.

A:DVD Burners, Write Speed and Write Time?

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I have a Gateway Computer running Windows 98. MY problem concerns a Philips 3610 Read/Write - Write CD. It has always been a problem i.e. - balky. I am using Adaptec Easy CD Creator 3.5 software. I can burn a CD but it is only readable on the Philips. I can't get it to initialize on the other CD drive on the computer or on the drive in my wife's Compaq laptop. I had to transfer a 5MEG file to her computer and finally had to install an old Zip Drive to do it. Sometimes (sometimes not) I get an error message after the CD is burned, but it reads OK in the parent drive.

Any thoughts will be appreciated.

Also, went to Philips website to try to find new drivers - It's lousy!


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[Edited by mountaindance on 06-20-2001 at 11:56 AM]

A:Philips 3610 Read/Write - Write CD

I trust you have the updates from Adaptec/Roxio.

Try the Sony CD Extreme software: http://sony.storagesupport.com/dlag...m/dsonyweb/cdrw/SonyCDExtreme1.3.390Setup.exe It should work fine with your burner. If you just select “data” in the opening wizard it will record session at once, close the session so it can be read and leave the disc open so you can add more stuff. Very robust software – make sure you don’t use a formatted CD. If that still doesn’t work I suggest trying some different blank media.

If you are recording to a formatted CD then you are packet writing and it can’t be read on any other computer until you install the reader for it from http://www.roxio.com


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I don't have any kind of burning software, and am forced to rely on Windows XP's built in Write-to-CD software. The problem is, even with a rewritable CD drive, re-writable DVD drive, and re-writable CD's and DVD's, any material I put on them with the built in Windows XP writing software, becomes write-protected, making it impossible not only to remove the material at a later date, but also to add anything to it. A CD can have over 675 mb of free space that is absolutely inaccessible because of this problem.

Is there any way to reformat these CD's or otherwise remove the write-protect on them? Some of the data on these CD's is not the kind I'd like anyone else to see, meaning that if they are absolutely absolutely ***ABSOLUTELY*** untouchable forever and ever and ever, I would be forced to destroy them altogether (likely breaking them in half or something) and dispose of them as trash (environmentally unsound or not) rather than submit them to a recycling center and risk some noseybody reading what's on them before recycling them.


A:Windows XP Write-to-CD: Write-Protect blues

All CD's are read-only and the contents cannot be changed. Some use packet-writing, but those only erase the previous version and write a new one, so they can't be changed, either. Space is less and gets used quickly.

The best way to have read/write access to data is to use an external USB drive or thumb drive.

It is best to stick with the standard ISO format. Save all your changes to a folder untill you are ready to burn the final copies to CD.

Free burning software:

AmoK CD/DVD Burner
CDRTools Frontend
DeepBurner and DeepBurner Portable for removable drives
Infra Recorder
CDBurnerXP Pro (Works perfectly in Vista.)
DP CD/DVD Burner
Dirk Paehl's EasyBurning
UsefulUtils CD/DVD Burner
SilentNight Micro CD/DVD/ISO Burner
Small CD-Writer (standalone)
Terabyte ISO Burner (standalone)
ISO Recorder for XP
Burrrn audio CD creator
MP3 CD Doctor Lite audio CD burner
BurnOn CD/DVD (no spyware but free version is adware supported)
Burn4Free CD/DVD Copy
Turtle MP3 Burner
MS-DOS Burning Tools (direct download)
Zilla CD/DVD Rip N' Burn

More free burners:


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Hey all,

I am having an issue with a Western Digital 320Gb SataII drive that I purchased a little while back. The store I purchased it from insists that there is nothing wrong with the drive, but I think there has to be?
The first time it happened, I was downloading files from a P2P application. Failed to write to disk on the partition and something along the lines of G:/$mft kepy popping up(I guess to do with the boot table on the disk?). Figured that there was just an error, so I ran a chkdsk, but it didn't find anything. I rebooted the comp, and tried chkdsk again, but this time it couldn't access the partition. I had a couple more errors or problems with it (tried partition magic, but that wouldnt even open because the partition table was screwed up or something), so I decided to backup and then format the partition. Great, everything eventually worked again, and I copied everything back.

A couple of days later, I was copying some files over, and I had the same issue again, random popup saying something like "failed to write to disk - delayed write failed" and then my system crashed and I rebooted. Couldnt access the partition when I tried to chkdsk again. However, I still cannot find any bad sectors on it when I finally managed to get chkdsk working again (after a couple more reboots). It also took me three reboots/tries to get an image of the disk because it had problems reading it.

Is there any way I could convince the retailer that there is s... Read more

A:Failed to Write to Disk - Delayed Write

Well what you need to do is get a copy of Diskeeper. Go to www.diskeeper.com and get a trial version. Then you open that up, and analize the drive your having trouble with. Soon you can go into your options and run a program in there called Frag Shield or something like that. That will change your MTF size to a proper size (Cheoose Recommended settings) and the problems will go away. I had the same thing happen to my old 250 GB drive. But that should take care of everything.

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I have just installed a Matsushita UJDA750 DVD-R/CD-RW drive on my Compaq 'Armada' 3500 Laptop, and am unable to write to the drive, although it reads OK.

If I try to drag/drop or Copy/Paste I get the message:
"Cannot copy 'File'. Files on this CD-ROM are read only. You cannot copy or move files over to this CD-ROM drive".

I can certainly do this on my desktop, but it's a no-no for the laptop. (The files I am trying to copy are not "read only" checked).

The ROM Drive is using WIN2000 driver. I thought possibly a specific driver might help but I cannot find one anywhere for the UJDA750.

OS is WIN2000 Pro and both Primary & Secondary IDE Controllers show Device 0 as "Ultra DMA mode", and Device 1 Transfer Mode as "Not applicable".

Any help would be appreciated.

A:DVD-CD ROM Drive Write problem

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What I need to do to use cd-rw as floppy disk, to read and write on any PC and on any CD-RW drive?
I tried to use DirectCD from Roxio, formatted it .
Then I tried to use Win. Explorer or similar software to copy/delete/rename etc.
Sometimes CD just freezes, I cannot read/write on another PC.
What I'm doing wrong?

A:CD-RW read/write problem

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Hi alll

My computer is behaving strangely. I'll try to describe the problem:

I'm running XP SP3 on an old Dell Latitude D810. Everything seems to work fine except for one thing. The computer seems somehow to auto-klick. Whenever I type (actually, also when I don't) whatever window is up will go "out of focus".

It's not that the computer will go from one window to the other. It doesn't. It's simply that I have to constantly klick in the window to be able to keep writing. We're talking every five or so seconds, here.

I've done a complete scan using Adaware and one with AVG antivirus. Nothing. I'm behind a wireless router AND Zonealarm.

I've tried different mouses, touchpad, stick and external keyboard - nothing.

So what do you think? Any help would be much appreciated.

A:Strange problem - can't write

Go to Control Panel, Accessibility Options, and check mouse accessibility features. There is an option there to activate windows by hovering over them with the mouse.

Turn that off, and you should be fine.

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Dear friends,

Hello to everyone in Techspot Community, I just came to know about this site and really happy to find people really helpful to solve problems aroused.

First of all I would like to say that my computer was badly infected with viruses and I found a solution from user forums it helped me reducing the viruse but still there are problems persist.

My problems are:

1. CD Writer and DVD ROME Drive is detecting and playing all Audio, Video and Applications and working fine but, it is not able to write CD's. I am using Compact CD Rewritable High Speed & DVD Rome Drive. Please suggest a possible solution.

2. If I insert a blank CD in the Drive and click the CD drive from My Computer Window the message display "Incorrect Function". Please give a appropriate solution.

3. If I right click on any file or folder and then going on "Send TO" option on the menu tab, it show all drives to send the file or folder but doesn't show CD drive. Please suggest a possible solution.

4. If I click a Drive on My Computer Window it will display "Open With" Menu and ask me to select a program to open this drive. I have to right click on the drive and select "Open" command from the menu, Please give me an appropriate solution for this problem.

5. When I shutdown my computer it will run a tab of "End Program - Sample", I checked everything and also cleaned my computer using CC cleaner but I cannot find the reg... Read more

A:CD Writer Problem - I cannot Write CD's

Nero can get seriously grumpy if the software bundled with the drive is not used. If in doubt, uninstall your copy of Nero, reboot and reinstall.
Hope this helps

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Hello Im confused with this guys answer here, it seems to be the solution to the problem im having.

Ive insert my sony mp3 player and when I went to delete a folder i got this message:MP3 Write Protection
Ive understood the instructions upto step c)c. Highlight StorageDevicePolicies, and then create a New DWORD (32-bit) Value named as WriteProtect.

does he mean just make a new folder , rename it to StorageDevicePolicies? can somone please explain or do a short video tutorial how to do this, I cant seem to find any video tutorials on how to go about,and Im afraid
incase I ruin the pc function if i make a mistake

USB flash drive prompts with &#34;Write Protected&#34; message. - Microsoft Community

thank you.

A:MP3 Write Protection USB problem.

Afaik, sony players (as most others) require a specific software to manage them.
What is the model of your mp3 player?

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I never had any problems when writing out a DVD, but now because because of DAO function was on at options, I started to write 2 DVDs, it said in the end that theres an error with single (DAO) writing, so lockdown was unsuccessful.
But when i turned off the DAO function, and tried again the problem was the same..
How could it say DAO be unsuccessful when i turned off DAO function at options before writing?????
Please help any help appreciated...

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Hi, I have been trying to write to a CD. I have a Toshiba Laptop with Vista. I insert a new disk, but nothing happens. The Control Panel says the drive is O.K. Can someone tell me what I can do the check the drive? It works in opening programs and files.
Thanks, alan

A:Write to disk problem

Is the disk you are inserting a writable disk?

Did you try to drag some files to it?

Is it a read write drive?

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Can any body help I am trying to save some songs on a USB M3player .
it keep saying switch off write protection

A:problem using my usb it keeps saying write off protection

Write protection is a feature of most media to allow you to prevent overwriting important data. To disable write protection, most media will have a switch. Check for a switch on your device or look up how to disable write protection from your product manual.

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