SteveDP, thank you for patience.
Windows is managing the caching on the individual drives in the RAID array, while the RST app manages the caching on the RAID array itself. These two are different. Enhanced mode is designed for max security, reducing the possibility of data loss. Whereas, maximized mode is for optimum performance, writing data to the SSD and only periodically transferring it to the hard drive.
Either one means the cache is ON and working fine.
Thanks Amy. This does help me understand the settings in Windows vs RST.
To the other part(s) of my question, I'm still a little confused as to which settings I should use for cache and buffer flushing, as I can't find any straight forward website that explains these settings. I'm not sure what cache means in this context or what buffer refers to in this context. I'm pretty sure it's different than the "page file" context. And I don't know which setting is right for me.
Your part about Enhanced vs. Maximized sounds like yet additional settings that I haven't seen yet. Maybe a different version or something deeper in the settings than I've ventured?
Thank you for your patience SteveDP.
Please see below.
If you are on RAID, then your CACHE is ON and you are good with your cache settings and does not need to change anything there. The system automatically configures the right cache required for the drives to function.
As for differences between cache and buffer:
- Cache is a high-speed storage area while a buffer is a normal storage area on ram for temporary storage.
- Cache is made from static memory which is faster than the slower dynamic memory used for a buffer.
- The buffer is mostly used for input/output processes while the cache is used during reading and writing processes from the disk.
- Cache can also be a section of the disk while a buffer is mostly a section of the ram.
Hope this helps.