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Chapter 19. Configuring Your Computer > Increasing Hard Disk Performance

Increasing Hard Disk Performance

If your computer is typical, it spends a lot of its time accessing data and programs on hard disk. Speeding up your hard disk is probably the single most significant change you can make to increase the overall speed of your system. Although most later systems have a fast, IDE-based hard drive, you can configure DOS to make the most of it.

The BUFFERS command in CONFIG.SYS tells DOS how much memory to reserve for file transfers. DOS sets aside an area of RAM called a buffer for temporary storage of data being transferred between the disk and an application.


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