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Can not "turn on" disk cache

I am running Windows XP SP2, with latest fixes per the patches from Microsoft, 1.5 GB RAM, Pentium 4 @ 2.0 GHz, three hard disks with 21.1 GB free space on system drive (c:). A few months ago I started having performance problems. Hibernation was painfully slow. When hard disks were idle and they had to start again because of demand, the mouse and all other activity would freeze up for a short while until the HD operation was completed. Leaving on the HD all the time helped a little, but only a little. About the time the HD cache stopped working, I installed an ATI Radeon 9200 dual-head ATI graphics adapter and a second monitor, with latest AGI driver and Net Framework 2.0 (1.1 is still installed). Can't understand what, if anything, this would have to do with disk caching... I selected Properties on my C drive, "hardware", the first disk specified (Quantum FireballP AS40.0), properties for that drive, then "Policies", and got screen "Write caching and Safe Removal." The contents of the screen were grayed out, as if the hard drive did not provide the "Optimize for performance" or "Optimize for quick removal" choice. While the enable cache option was clicked, both were grayed out, which is indicative of current performance. Any suggestions? I really find hibernation helpful, and want to continue to use it.

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    Bob Morgan Jul 07, 2007

    Tried defragging drive "C" ... didn't help. Turned off hibernation (which removes hyperfil.sys from root of "C" drive), rebooted, turned on hibernation (which reinstalled hyperfil.sys) - that didn't help. Write cache for the system drive (as well as the other two drives) is still off and there is not way to turn it on (options switches are in light gray -- controls do not respond).

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Try unistalling hibernation first and repeat the normal procedure, next install back the software and check the performace.

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