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Windows 7: Not responding when trying to change caching to off in device manager

18 Apr 2012   #1
gjinc

windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Not responding when trying to change caching to off in device manager

I need to turn off the hard drive caching
I go to control panel, then hardware and sound, followed by device manager
In device manager I double click on disk drives, right click on the hard drive
which is C drive, select properties, then click on the policy tab
I unchecked the "enable write caching on the device"
When I click OK then I get the hour glass
If I click on anything else then properties box goes to NOT RESPONDING
I can not close it, even with task manager, it does not close

I restarted the computer and nothing came up
I had to put the windows 7 disk in and reboot, try to repair it but it did not work
using the disk I was able to restore from a restore point and get the system running.
but still have the same problem trying to turn off caching
Any ideas ????


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19 Apr 2012   #2
gjinc

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Guess this is a problem nobody has seen.
I hate to have to re-install windows just to fix this problem.
Have a lot of other software that would have to be installed.
anyone??
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19 Apr 2012   #3
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

What's the reason you want to disable it on your system volume?
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19 Apr 2012   #4
gjinc

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

We use a rent program which has a data base, the company has said that caching needs to be shut off as it can affect the data base.
Since we are having trouble, we need to turn it off and actually see if it is causing our problem or they are just using it as an excuse for our problem.
They claim that caching should be shut off for any system using data bases.
Thanks
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20 Apr 2012   #5
gjinc

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I really hoped to have this fixed by now
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20 Apr 2012   #6
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Most places I've been reading say not to disable it on a fixed disk. That being said, I understand why you would be trying. Just a thought...but what about entering Safe Mode and trying there?
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20 Apr 2012   #7
gjinc

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

That was a great idea, but it did not work either.
Same thing, get the hour glass then "not responding"
Thanks for the suggestion!
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21 Apr 2012   #8
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gjinc View Post
We use a rent program which has a data base, the company has said that caching needs to be shut off as it can affect the data base.
Since we are having trouble, we need to turn it off and actually see if it is causing our problem or they are just using it as an excuse for our problem.
They claim that caching should be shut off for any system using data bases.
Thanks

Hi there
I'm sure the company is giving you a dose of the brown stuff. A Rent program doesn't sound as if the data base would have zillions of real time queries / updates with loads of simultaneous users at the same time.

In any case since all the caching is handled by the OS Kernel and the Disk controller firmware it shouldn't effect the database system in any way whatsoever.

Also even the most BASIC database system (such as Ms ACCESS) should have Record locking mechanisms to prevent simultaneous updates.

Of course the company might have "tried to be clever" by using direct memory accesses and maintaining the DB with physical writes to the disk(s) bypassing the OS and using the BIOS directly.

Unless there are VERY good reasons for doing this then I'd switch suppliers.

If you are making queries to a REMOTE DB system then it won't make ANY difference whether caching is enabled or not -- other than a loss in host system performance.

Cheers
jimbo
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21 Apr 2012   #9
gjinc

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for the input
Main reason we use this company is because of the Hugh savings we got with this program.
If I can shut it off and the problem happens again then they can stop blaming caching.
But since I can not shut it off then that gives them a out instead of focusing on the real problem.
I don't think this has anything to do with not being able to shut of caching, but 1 of the user accounts google is hijacked. Just that 1 user and so far everything we tried has not found what is causing that. Am I wrong in thinking that this has nothing to do with my problem?
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