Back in October 2018, Microsoft changed its external storage device policies. With the October 2018 update, Windows 10 no longer optimizes your external storage devices like USB Drive, SD Cards, External hard drives, etc for better performance.
Instead, it just optimizes them for quick removal. This thing doesn’t bother Windows 10 users, but it has a huge impact on the USB Storage performance.
For those who don’t know, external storage devices that are connected via the USB or thunderbolt have their own policy settings. Microsoft actually allows users to set the policy settings for the behavior of the external storage devices, but lots of users don’t know how to change those policy settings.
So, in this article, we are going to explore everything about the Quick Removal and Better Performance Policies for USB Storage devices.
Better Performance vs Quick Removal – Which is Better?
As we all know, Microsoft’s Windows operating system has different policies for external storage devices that are connected to the computer via USB cable. Each of the connected devices has its own policy settings. By default, the Windows 10 operating system uses the ‘Quick Removal’ policy which disables the write caching on the devices, but users can disconnect the device safely without using the Safely remove hardware option.
Another option is the ‘Better Performance’ which enables the write caching in Windows. However, if you choose to use this removal policy, then you need to use them safely remove hardware option. Since the ‘Better Performance’ option cache writes the operations, it significantly reduces the slow down of the applications.
To be honest, you won’t see any significant increase in speed while using ‘Quick Removal’ or ‘Better Performance’ policies because the speed also depends on the USB type that you are using, how the software you are using handles writing data, etc. However, if you are amongst those who don’t bother with ‘safely removing’ devices, then the ‘Quick removal’ policy might be the best option.
How To Optimize USB Storage (Enable Better Performance)
If you want to use the ‘Better Performance’ policy, then you need to enable the Better performance option individually for external storage devices. However, you won’t have to do this every time because Windows remembers these settings. So, let’s check out how to enable Better Performance in Windows.
Step 1. First of all, open Windows Run dialog box by pressing Windows Key + R.
Step 2. On the Run dialog box, type in ‘diskmgmt.msc’ and hit enter.
Step 3. On the disk management panel, right-click on the external drive and select ‘Properties’
Step 4. Click on the ‘Policies’ tab.
Step 5. Next under the policies, enable ‘Better Performance’ and then enable the ‘Enable write caching on the device’. Now click on ‘Ok’ to apply the changes.
That’s it! You are done! This is how you can enable better performance in Windows 10 external drive.
So, this is all about how to optimize USB Storage for better performance on Windows 10 computers. I hope this article helped you! Share it with your friends also.