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Drive Hardware Policy - Optimize for Performance

Posted on 2007-11-19
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I'm looking to see if there is a way to change the defualt DRIVE HARDWARE POLICY from OPTIMIZE FOR REMOVAL to OPTIMIZE FOR PERFORMANCE.  We are using 5 Server 2003 servers that all have 4 firewire 800 drives connected to them.  We change firewire drives quite frequently and I would like to set it up so that when a new firewire drive is connected it's DRIVE HARDWARE POLICY is set to OPTIMIZE FOR PERFOMANCE automatically instead of having to change it manuall throught the drive letter properties.
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This is helpful in that I now know where to change the policy in the registry, but why change it in the regeistry per drive if I can just use the DISK HARDWARE POLICY under drive properties.  It's still a manual process for every drive.  Once it is done once it obviously doesn't need done again for that make/model but it would be nice if there was a way that all the firewire drives picked up the OPTIMIZE FOR PERFORMANCE policy by defualt so that there was not manual intervention.
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Most likely for Server 2003 (as well as other Microsoft OS platforms), this is hard coded some place in the system kernel outside of the registry.
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This can actually only be done by microsoft since the disk.inf file is a protected resource.  If you modify the disk.inf file it will change the defualt hardware policy but you must manually apply the disk.inf driver becuase it is no longer signed after you change it.
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