If you have a SSD there are ways to optimize your solid state drive for optimal performance and speed. This device is nothing like the normal magnetic HDD with moving parts inside, SSD’s have no moving parts and access files differently. Here are 6 quick tips to help you optimize your solid state hard drive and get the best performance possible.
#1. Switch to Windows 7
When Windows XP and Windows Vista were developed, Solid State Drives did not exist. This obviously means that although SSD’s work with older versions of Windows, the TRIM optimization tool does not.
On SSDs they have data blocks that need to be completely erased before they can be used again—you can’t do this without TRIM. Now if TRIM does not work on older versions of Windows, the drvie will be degrading quickly.
Windows Seven informs the SSD which data blocks can be removed and labels these blocks as free to use. Windows is not capable of doing this without TRIM.
In Windows 7, there are new random read, random write and flush assessments. Better SSDs can score above 6.5 all the way to 7.9. To be included in that range, an SSD has to have outstanding random read rates and be resilient to flush and random write workloads. Source: MSDN Blog
#2. Make sure that TRIM is enabled
Windows 7 officially supports TRIM, which is a command that optimizes a SSD, however sometimes Windows 7 does not register that you have this drive. Therefore you need to check to see if TRIM is enabled.
1. Go to the start menu.
2. Type in cmd.exe into the search box.
3. When you see cmd.exe right click on it and run Command Prompt as an administrator.
4. When your cmd window appears type in:
fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify
5. In the results, if a
0 appears then this means that TRIM is enabled. If a
1 appears, that means that it is not enabled.
Also see how to enable TRIM.
#3. Use Your SSD as a System Drive
The less you save files to your SSD the longer it will last. So the best scenario for your SSD is to only use it as a system disc that stores your operating system and nothing else. This means that you would need to have another hard drive where you can store your files you create.
I always recommend this anyway, even on magnetic hard drives, as it keeps your computer running faster for longer. No need to mess it up and save all of your junk on there.
Now when it comes to compressed files, be careful where they are being unpacked. If you are de-compressing files they are expanded on the drive where the compressed file is stored. But if the compressed file is on a flash drive or external device then watch where these files are landing.
#4. Disable Scheduled Defrag for SSD
People often wonder if they should defrag a SSD and the answer is no. Defragmentation is a computer maintenance task we have all been using for years to optimize our files on our hard drives. But that was only recommended on the magnetic hard drives, (which many people still have). Now with SSD, defragmentation is not necessary as read operations are incredibly fast throughout the entire disk and data is stored in a non-contiguous manner. Therefore defragging is not only useless when it comes to faster file access, but it can actually be harmful to the SSD and reduce the life span of drive.
Windows Seven usually recognizes that your computer has a Solid State Drive installed, however sometimes it doesn’t. Therefore we need to make sure automatic or scheduled defragging is disabled. By default, Windows 7 should automatically disable its scheduled defragmentation—but unfortunately, I’ve seen too many cases where the built-in Disk Defragmenter was still enabled, despite the fact that an SSD was built-in! Users should make sure that it’s disabled. Disable Auto Defrag
- First Go to the start menu and clcik on All Programs. OR Start>Search box: Type Run>Type: dfrgui.exe and press ENTER.
- Find the Accessories folder.
- Then the systems tools folder. There you will find the disk defragmenter.
- Click on this to open.
The Disk Defragmenter Will Open (see screenshot below)
When you get here you can disable the defragging schedule right now, or if you want to defrag some drives and not others continue with the steps below.
- Press on Configure Schedule. The disc defragment schedule configuration box will open.
- Press Select disks. Another box will open.
- Find the SSD and untick it.
- Untick Automatically defragment new disks. Press Ok.
- You can also go back and untick run on a schedule.
#5. Set Disk Defragment (Services) to Manual
Disabling ‘disk defragment’ is NOT a good approach, as it may spit back errors and cause problems after reboot. So, to solve this issue, you will need to set “Disk Defragmenter (Services)” to Manual.
1. Click Start >> Right Click: My Computer >> Manage >> Services and Applications >> Services
2. Locate this process and set it to ‘Manual’ operation. Services (process): Disk Defragmenter
3. Reboot your system!
#6. Disable SuperFetch, Prefetch, ReadyBoost, and ReadyDrive
WOW that is a lot of work, however if you have Windows Seven, by default, it should disable these features for you. These performance boosting tools were designed to address certain performance problems that they are not necessary on SSDs.