How to Optimize USB Storage on Windows 10 PC

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 drives, SD cards, external hard drives, etc. for better performance. Instead, it only optimizes them for quick removal. This doesn’t bother Windows 10 users, but it does have a big impact on the performance of USB storage.

For those who don’t know, external storage devices that are connected via USB or Thunderbolt have their own policy settings. Microsoft actually allows users to configure policy settings for the behavior of external storage devices, but many users don’t know how to change those policy settings.

So in this article, we are going to explore all about quick removal and best performance policies for USB storage devices.

Better performance vs. quick removal: which is better?

Quick removal and better performance
Quick removal and better performance

As we all know, Microsoft’s Windows operating system has different policies for external storage devices that are connected to the computer via a USB cable. Each of the connected devices has its own policy settings.

Quick disposal policy

By default, the Windows 10 operating system uses the “Quick Delete” policy. This policy disables write caching on the device. Because it disables write cache, users can safely disconnect the USB device without using the “Safely Remove Hardware” option.

Best performance policy

Another option is the “Best Performance” policy. Unlike Quick Removal, Better Performance focuses on improving the performance of the USB device. To improve performance, enables write caching in Windows.

Since you enable write cache in Windows, you will need to use the hardware safe delete option, otherwise the data in the cache will be corrupted.

Which is better: quick removal versus better performance?

To be honest, you won’t see any significant speed increases while using “Best Performance” until and unless you’re using modern USB devices. The speed depends on the type of USB you are using and how the software you are using handles the writing process.

If you are among those who eject USB devices directly from the computer, then the “Quick Delete” policy might be the best option for you.

How to Optimize USB Storage (Allow Better Performance)

If you want to use the “Best Performance” policy, you must enable the Best 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 see how to enable better performance in Windows.

Step 1. First, open the Windows Run dialog box by pressing Windows key + R.

Open the EXECUTE dialog box
Open the EXECUTE dialog box

Step 2. In the Run dialog box, type ‘Diskmgmt.msc’ and hit enter.

Type 'diskmgmt.msc' and press Enter
Type “diskmgmt.msc” and press Enter

Step 3. In the disk administration panel, right click on the external drive and select “Properties”

Right click on the drive and select 'Properties'
Right click on the drive and select “Properties”

Step 4. Click on the “Policies” tongue.

Select the
Select the “Policies” tab

Step 5 Then, under the policies, enable ‘Best Performance’ and then enable the “Enable write caching on the device”. Now click “OK” to apply the changes.

Enable the options
Enable options

That’s! Are you ready! This is how you can enable better performance on Windows 10 external drive.

So, it’s all about how to optimize USB storage for better performance on Windows 10 computers. Hope this article has helped you! Share it with your friends too.


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