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    [Solved] 4 Ways To Fix “Waiting For Cache Error” In Chrome

    Imagine yourself working on an important presentation scheduled for tomorrow. There’s not much time left with you for the preparation. You’re surfing through various sites to fetch the best data for your presentation with multiple windows open on your browser, and suddenly the Chrome Browser freezes

    The freeze is not constrained to the Chrome browser, but during this period which generally lasts from a dozen seconds to a few minutes, you can’t access anything on your system. The task manager, start menu, or any other icon on your system couldn’t be started. This could be annoying if you’re not aware of the resolutions for this issue.

    What would you do to beat the clock and complete your presentation by resolving this issue?

    Let’s check it out!

    Waiting for Cache!

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    Struggling with the above-stated issue, you come across a small message window somewhere at the bottom of your screen displaying -“waiting for cache”.

    It becomes really important to find a quick solution to this to resume the normal working on Chrome.

    Before we plunge into the solutions for the Google chrome waiting for cache error, let’s get familiar with the possible reasons behind this error.

    As observed, this error is more liable to affect Windows 10 systems running with the SSDs (SOLID STATE DRIVES) rather than the ones running with the regular hard-drives.

    The Google chrome waiting for cache error means that the data which Chrome had downloaded to your system is now inaccessible.

    • The cache is nothing but storage where browsers keep certain information as per your browsing details. The cache is an exceptionally fast memory that acts as a buffer between RAM and the CPU. This enhances the loading speed of the websites. 
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    • When Chrome is unable to retrieve the stored information from this cache, then this error occurs.
    •  The error occurs because the browser is no longer able to fetch the data from the local caches, resulting in the slow loading of your browser.

    Hardware-based Causes for the “Waiting for Cache” error: 

    To check if your hard-drive is failing, run chkdsk. If the result says “OK” then the following could be the reasons for this error.

    1. The faulty SATA(serial AT attachment) port on your motherboard might lead to this error message. Connecting your hard drive to a different SATA port helps you resolve the waiting for the cache issue.
    2. Your hard drive’s SATA cable might be faulty. Replacing it can resolve this error
    3. Your hard drive’s power cable might be faulty. Replacing it can resolve this error.

    Now that we know the reasons behind the Chrome waiting for cache error, let’s go through various solutions that could help in resolving this issue.

    How to fix the Chrome waiting for cache error?

    In this segment, we’ll study the step-by-step procedures to solve this issue. No more freezing of the Chrome browser will interrupt you while you’re working on your PC.

    1. Clearing your browser cache.

    As discussed earlier, this error is nothing but a cache corruption issue, and thereby clearing your browser cache is one of the most simple and easiest methods to resolve this issue.

    Steps to clear your browser cache are:

    • Launch Chrome on your system and click on the three dots at the top-right corner of the browser window.
    • Scroll down to More Tools. Select Clear Browsing Data from the following drop-down menu.
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    • Choos All time in the Time Range drop-down.
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    • Check the boxes next to the data you want to remove. Click Clear Data.
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    • Restart Chrome and start browsing.
    NOTE- Chrome should not write to your SSD.

    2. Disable disk write caching

    You can even switch to disabling the Disk Write Caching feature on Windows 10 to get rid of the system freeze caused by “Chrome waiting for cache”. However, this might result in the loss of the system’s memory. 

    This method improves the speed and performance of your browser by resolving this issue.

    To disable disk write caching follow these simple steps:

    • Press Win+X to go to the Device Manager.
    • Go to Disk Drives to locate your system’s drive. Right-click it and select Properties from the following drop-down menu.
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    • Go to Policy Tab. Un-Check the box next to Enable Disk Write Caching on the device to disable disk writing cache.
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    Note – Turn off Windows write-cache buffer flushing on the device box can be checked keeping in mind that this could be a bit risky and you should not turn on the system until you have a power backup equivalent to that of a  UPS. The second box can be checked only after the first one is checked.

    3. Stop cache from writing to your SSD.

    As discussed previously in this article, the “Waiting for Cache” error is more likely to occur when the Windows 10 Operating system is running with the SSDs rather than the traditional hard-drives. 

    1. Press Win+X and select Device Manager.
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    1. Scroll down to Disk Drives and expand it to see all the drives on your system.
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    1. Select the SSD on which Chrome is installed by right-clicking and then click Properties.
    2. Click the Policies tab.
    3. Uncheck the box next to Enable write caching on the device. Click OK.
    4. Revert Chrome to the default settings which were present when the chrome was newly installed. 

    To do that follow the steps given below:

    • Launch Chrome on your system and click on the three dots at the top-right corner of the browser window.
    •  Click Settings > Advanced > Reset and cleanup > Restore settings to their original defaults > Reset settings (check out the following screenshots)
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    • Use a new Chrome user profile:
    1. Launch Chrome on your system and click on the picture icon(Your profile)next three dots at the top-right corner of the browser window.
    2. Go to Manage people > Add person in the following drop-down.
    3. Create a new profile and click Add once done.
    4. Chrome will restart but this tie with your new profile. Sign in to google to import the saved data to your new profile 

    4. Uninstall and Reinstall Chrome. 

    This is a universal and easiest method to resolve any issue related to the Chrome Browser. As far as the “Chrome waiting for cache” error is concerned, this method comes to the rescue when all the solutions discussed so far failed.

    Before you uninstall the browser, try updating it to the newer version and check if the “Chrome waiting for cache” message still appears. If yes, then proceed to uninstall the browser as follows:

    • Open the run dialogue window by pressing the Windows+R key
    • Type Control panel in the dialogue box and click OK.
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    • Type Uninstall in the search bar as shown below
    • Click on Uninstall a program under Programs and Features.
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    • Locate Chrome, right-click on the icon, and select Uninstall.
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    • Once done, you can install the latest version of Chrome from the official website

    These are the 4 methods using which you can do away with the Chrome waiting for cache error effortlessly. To add to this we can even use the anti-virus software to stop the freezing of Chrome.

    We know that the fundamental cause for this error is a corrupted cache. Hence by running the antivirus program on your system, you can protect these files against all possible infections. 

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    Shivangi Kaushik
    She's a final year electronics and communication engineering student from Uttar Pradesh. A gregarious and outgoing personality since childhood , who enjoys interacting with people and is always open to a healthy discussion on any topic. She's affable and confident enough to share her perspective and is a keen listener. Being an ex ICSE student, communicating and writing came naturally to her, which helped her write for various technical and non technical pages on the social media platforms and websites. . She has been actively volunteering and participating in various zonal and state level technical and literary events. Music is the ultimate soothing factor in her life and she likes to paint and sketch in her free time. She sights an exciting and stable career in the fields of Marketing and Public Relations in future.