Category: Storage & Hard Drives
Caution Level: Intermediate
Download File Size: 465 KB
Operating System: Windows 95/98/2000/XP
Latest Version / Release Date: 3.1.201. / 31 Jan 2009
The SmartDrive201 is a storage device that stores data that is frequently accessed in the computers. It operates at high speeds. It is most suited for Microsoft DOS. It works for permanent files and this makes it incompatible with file systems which are of a temporary and swapfile nature. It is a disk cache that is block-oriented. This controls the way this device saves data by detecting temporary and swap files. It uses an INT13 interface and this determines its compatibility with other devices. The SmartDrive201 is therefore only compatible with devices that use the INT13 interface or higher. Some of these devices are the SCSI drives, WORM drives, Bernoulli drives and hard cards. However, disks that have the MS-DOS device are highly compatible. It uses geometry of a disk nature for its mapping and other physical operations. Some of the operations are the ontrack disk manager and PS/2 systems.
Unless you update your drivers regularly you may face hardware performance issues.
To check your drivers you should manually verify every device on your system for driver updates
The SmartDrive201 uses a cache that is of write behind when writing its files. This is done at very high speeds. The smartdrive201 has the duty of copying this data to the disk and this cuts out the need to physically write on the disk. when the cache is full, more space is freed. It does the writing when windows and MS-DOS are idle. The operation is mostly synchronous. The files that have been written down are secure. The larger the cache the higher the performance. Users should therefore ensure that they are using the correct size of cache if they are to utilize their devices at a maximum. The latest version of drivers for this device can be downloaded at the manufacturer's official website. this could be freeware or shareware. The latest drivers will ensure that the devices remains stable for a long time and gives a high performance. The operating systems must also be checked for compatibility with the drivers. It is highly recommended you run a free registry scan for and SmartDrive201 errors before installing any driver updates.