The SSD Optimization Guide Redesigned
4. DISABLE DRIVE INDEXING
The purpose of drive indexing on a hard drive was to allow quicker access to a file. As access times on an SSD are almost instantaneous (.01ms), there is a common belief that indexing does nothing more than increase the total number of writes to the SSD which results in a lesser life cycle. Having stated this, there is no confirmed performance increase by disabling indexing and the chances of wearing out ones SSD is somewhere in the area of impossible to one in a million.
2. Right click your SSD and select Properties; and
3. Un-check the box marked Allow files to have contents indexed in addition to file properties. If it asks for administrative permissions allow it to do so.
A popup may appear stating an error applying attributes has occurred which is normal. Select ignore all and it will continue. This process will take about 2 minutes.
5. DISABLE DRIVE DEFRAGMENTATION SCHEDULE
Windows 7 should, by default, disable Windows Defrag automatically but this does not always occur for some reason. Disk Defragmentation is not required in a SSD as the mechanics are completely different. There are no moving parts so file fragmentation doesn’t occur as frequently as it does with a hard drive which fragments files as they are retrieved and stored on the disk while it spins at very high speeds. Leaving Windows 7 with an enabled defragmentation schedule will drastically increase your ssd total writes and decrease its lifespan.
2. Select the box Defragment Now;
3. Select the box Defragment Schedule; and
4. Un-check the Run on a Schedule Box.
This is an extremely controversial optimization and does not improve performance whatsoever. It does, however, return to the user 3.5-4Gb of valuable ssd storage space.
It is NOT recommended for typical users with less than 4Gb RAM that are not aware of their system and its RAM use.It is also not recommended without first watching RAM use closely for some time prior to this being done.
1. Right click on My Computer;
2. Select Properties;
3. Select Advanced System Settings;
4. Select the Performance tab and Advanced tab;
5. Select the Change box for virtual memory;
6. Un-check Automatically Manage Page File Size For All Drives;
7. Select No Paging File and click the set box; and
8. Select Yes to allow and restart.
7. TURN OFF HIBERNATION
Hibernation was a very useful program for hard drives as it enabled one to resume their work in a very quick time. It is less useful with SSDs as they can load completely in as quick as 10-20 seconds which, in some cases, equals Hibernation. Disabling Hibernation will return 2.5Gb of valuable ssd storage space to the user.
2. Right click the cmd program and select Run as Administrator; and
3. In the command line type “powercfg -h off”.
This will take about 30 seconds it has finished once the command prompt reappears.
8. TURN OFF WINDOWS WRITE-CACHE BUFFER FLUSHING…OR NOT
Turning Off Write-Cache Buffer Flushing may increase or decrease the performance of your drive and it is suggested that you perform benchmark tests with it checked and unchecked. Originally, performance variations were seen between different brands of SSDs, however more recently, the same has been seen with respect to more recent chipsets.
2. Select Device Manager;
3. Select Disk Drives;
4. Right click the SSD and select Properties; and
5. Under the Performance tab check the box Turn off Windows write-cache buffer flushing on this device.