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I try setting up write behind cache for the floppy drive but it doesn't seem to be working.
I have the following in my autoexec.bat file:
smartdrv a+ /N

And I get the following when I query smartdrv:
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C:\WINDOWS\DESKTOP>smartdrv
Microsoft SMARTDrive Disk Cache version 5.02
Copyright 1991,1993 Microsoft Corp.

Cache size:  2,097,152 bytes
Cache size while running Windows:  2,097,152 bytes

            Disk Caching Status
drive   read cache   write cache   buffering
--------------------------------------------
  A:       yes           yes          no
  B:       yes           no           no
  C:       yes           yes          no
  D:       yes           yes          no
Write behind data will not be committed before command prompt returns.

For help, type "Smartdrv /?".
C:\WINDOWS\DESKTOP>
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However, when I write to the A: drive the command prompt does not return untill all the data is completely written to the drive.

How can I setup the cache so that the command prompt returns once the data is in the cache buffer?
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Try /N switch with SMARTDRV.
By default SMARTDRV writes down hdd cache before command prompt returns for all cached drives.
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It works good with Windows 95. All I did was running in AUTOEXEC.BAT.
SMARTDRV /X
Then I turned on write cache for all my drives:
SMARTDRV a+
SMARTDRV c+
SMARTDRV d+
Then I switched write behind on:
SMARTDRV /N
And it worked.
After copying large file to a: I was browsing the directory tree on C: drive. Fdd was writing something from time to time. Then I pressed CTRL+ALT+DEL. Smartdrv displayed writing down cache data. FDD was active for some time. Then computer restarted.
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