Read-Ahead and Write-Behind
In this section, you’ll see how the cache manager implements reading and writing file data on behalf of file system drivers. Keep in mind that the cache manager is involved in file I/O only when a file is opened without the FILE_FLAG_NO_BUFFERING flag and then read from or written to using the Windows I/O functions (for example, using the Windows ReadFile and WriteFile functions). Mapped files don’t go through the cache manager, nor do files opened with the FILE_FLAG_NO_BUFFERING flag set.
When an application uses the FILE_FLAG_NO_BUFFERING flag to open a file, its file I/O must start at device-aligned offsets and be of sizes that are a multiple of the alignment size; its input and output buffers must also be device-aligned ...