How to enable Windows 8 Direct Memory Access-DMA?


DMA or Direct Memory Access increases the device’s transfer rate and therefore enhances the overall performance of your system. As the name implies it provides direct access to the memory causing the performance rate to increase. This tutorial will show you how to enable Windows 8 Direct Memory Access .

To enable Windows 8 Direct Memory Access, follow the below steps:

1. From Windows 8 start screen user interface, go to Desktop tile and click on it to open the Desktop, as you can see in the below screenshot.

windows 8 screen desktop How to enable Windows 8 Direct Memory Access DMA?

2. From Desktop, go to Windows explorer located on the bottom left corner of the desktop screen as seen in the below screenshot.
windows 8 explorer How to enable Windows 8 Direct Memory Access DMA?

 

Open Windows Explorer by clicking on it and the below screen will appear
windows 8 explorer 1 How to enable Windows 8 Direct Memory Access DMA?

3.Right click on Computer as seen in the below screenshot and then and select Manage.
windows 8 explorer 2 How to enable Windows 8 Direct Memory Access DMA?

4. When you click on Manage you will be asked to enter an admin user and password.
windows 8 Admin How to enable Windows 8 Direct Memory Access DMA?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Type your password and click Yes.

5. From the Computer Management window, click on the Device Manager.
windows 8 computer management How to enable Windows 8 Direct Memory Access DMA?

6. Expand IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers on the right side panel as shown in the below screenshot.
windows 8 computer management1 How to enable Windows 8 Direct Memory Access DMA?

7.Right click on ATA Chanel 1 under IDE ATA/ATAPI and then select Properties, as you can see in the below screenshot.
windows 8 computer management2 How to enable Windows 8 Direct Memory Access DMA?
8. When you click on properties the window ATA Channel 1 properties will appear. From this window go to the Advanced Settings tab, and check on Enable DMA under Device Properties. This is shown in the below screenshot.
ATA channel How to enable Windows 8 Direct Memory Access DMA?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: If the Enable DMA check box is already checked, it means that DMA is already enabled, and you do not need to re enable it.
It is recommended to keep the DMA enabled in order to get a better device transfer rate.

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