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Write Caching vs. Safe Removal

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  • Write Caching vs. Safe Removal

    At Device Manager>Disk Drives>[R-click on particular disk drive]>Policies Tab, we can choose between Optimize-for-Quick-Removal or Optimize-for-Performance. I would normally use the Safely Remove Hardware Icon, so, on the one hand, I might as well take advantage of the Optimize for Performance option. But suppose a drive NOT optimized for quick removal inadvertantly becomes unplugged, or if there is a power blackout---what bad things can happen? Can I be in danger of losing all the data on the drive? And how much of performance improvement does the Optimize for Performance option afford? Not clear on the disadvantages (possible consequences) of each of the two options. I don't know what write caching is.

    Many thanks for input...!