Compatibility: 1.0+

 Purpose: Sets the number of disk buffers DOS will allocate.  Use to make

          certain disk intensive operations perform faster.

  Syntax: BUFFERS= n[,m]


        n is the requested number of buffers, from 1 to 99.  The default

          (when BUFFERS= is not used) is 2, 3, 10, or 15, depending on

          available memory (15 for most 640K+ systems).

        m sets how many 'look-ahead' buffers to allocate; they are used for

          reading upcoming sectors, before they are actually requested.  It

          can range from 0 to 8.  The default is 0.

█ŢTECH NotesŮ█

  ■ When DOS= HIGH, and BUFFER= is less than 48, then DOS will store the

    buffers in the HMA^.

  ■ With DOS 6.2, when DOS= HIGH, and BUFFER= is small (<10), then

    DBLSPACE.BIN will load part of itself into the HMA to conserve

    conventional memory.

  ■ It is possible to suballocate memory in the HMA (see INT 2fH 4axxH).

    However, if BUFFERS= is large, then there'll be no room in the inn.

  ■ When Smartdrv or other disk cache is active, you should minimize your

    BUFFERS= setting.

See Also: CONFIG.SYS Commands