Enable DMA (Direct Memory Access) in Windows 8

Preview Dma_thumb.jpg 1Direct Memory Access (DMA) not only increases the device transfer rate but also increases the overall performance of your Computer. Follow the steps provided in this tutorial to enable DMA in Windows 8.

Using The Device Manager To Enable DMA For Your Disk Drives

1. Step Open the Desktop by clicking Desktop tile on the Start Screen.

Desktop tile enable DMA

2. Step Next, Right click on your Computer and select Manage.

Manage disk management

3. Step Next, in the left pane, click on the Device Manager.

Device Manager

4. Step Next, in the right pane, uncollapse IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers by clicking on it’s collapse/uncollapse icon.

uncollapse IDE

5. Step Right click on the label where Channel is part of the name. Usually you have to right-click on the Channel 1 and select Properties

Right click channel1

6. Step Next, click on the Advanced Settings and then check / click Enable DMA to enable it. If it is already enabled then you don’t have to enable it again. That are the complete steps to enable DMA in Windows 8.

Enable DMA


Direct Memory Access (DMA) increase then device transfer rates in your computer. It is always wise to enable DMA for better device transfer rate..

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Uttam is a Microsoft Student Partner from Kathmandu, Nepal. Aside from blogging, Uttam is also studying computer engineering and works as a freelancer developer. Windows has always been his first love. He has been using Windows since his early days since he was in 2nd Grade. He also used a few other operating systems but never found any other OS that he grew fond of.

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