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Faster iPod in Windows

iPod Options dialog Here’s a tip to make your iPod work slightly faster in Windows. Make sure your iPod is plugged in, then open Control Panel and select the System icon. Next, select the Hardware tab and open Device Manager.
Expand the Disk Drives branch and select your iPod – it should say ‘Apple iPod USB Device’ or something similar. Right-click on it and choose Properties. Now, choose the Policies tab. You’ll get a dialog like the one on the right (click on it to enlarge). Select ‘Optimise for Performance’, but deselect ‘write caching on disk’. Then click OK.
You’ve now enabled Write Caching, which allows Windows to access the iPod’s files faster. However, once you have enabled this, you must properly dismount your iPod when disconnecting it – either by ejecting it in iTunes or using the ‘Safely Remove Hardware’ icon in the notification area. You should, however, notice a minor performance increase with the option enabled.


  1. I’m using FireWire and I’m unable to change the polices settings. So I suppose that it works only with USB.

  2. i am running on windows wp and since i have installed the latest version of itunes software my control panel will not respond, it just hangs. any ideas?