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storage, product A Microsoft MS DOS disk cache program
to speed up disk access.
For most users, a 1MB cache is sufficient. Devoting more
memory to the cache offers diminishing returns, since the
additional cache hits become fewer (and the extra memory could
be better used to reduce swapping).
Typing SMARTDRV /S at a DOS prompt shows the cache size, a
hit-and-miss report, and information about which drives are
being cached. The hit-and-miss statistics are crucial for
gauging the effectiveness of SmartDrive settings. A score in
the high 80s shows that SmartDrive is well configured. Run
SMARTDRV /S several times during a Windows session and note
the-hit-and-miss figures each time. If your percentage
usually falls below 80 percent, you should consider increasing
the cache size. You can edit the SMARTDRV line in your
AUTOEXEC.BAT file to increase both the InitCacheSize and the
WinCacheSize parameters.
SmartDrive Monitor is an undocumented Windows program that
comes with DOS 6.0 for logging and controling the cache.