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.

1.  Go into My Computer;

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.

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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.

1.  After finishing indexing, select the Tools tab;

2.  Select the box Defragment Now;

3.  Select the box Defragment Schedule; and

4.   Un-check the Run on a Schedule Box.


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6.  TURN OFF PAGEFILE

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.

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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.

1.  Using the start menu search box type “cmd”;

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.

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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.

1.  Right Click My Computer and select Properties;

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.

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Great tips! I just bought the Intel X-25 G2. Im removing my cd drive from my 13″ Macbook Pro – 2.26 Core 2. Then adding the SSD in the cd area using a Obtibay enclosure to run the SSD. Ill be loading just Windows 7 on the SSD via bootcamp from my other drive in the machine. The one tip that I keep reading about is the AHCI MODE. There is no bios or at least I dont think so when booting into Windows from a mac. How can I check if Im running in AHCI mode from my mac… Read more »

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you should mofity this post because if you disable all the windows searhing and indexing then you cannot do for exmple

1. Type Regedit into the Start Menu box;#
1. Using the Start Menu Search Box, Search CMD;

because it wont be found, so you have to start looking manually for this apps

mell0
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mell0

In windows XP you couldn’t search regedit through start, it can still be easily done by pressing windows button + r, and then type regedit.

Dave76
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Dave76

Thanks for the great SSD guide.

Do you have any more information on #18?

What are NtfsDisable8dot3NameCreation and NtfsMemoryUsage, what is the effect of these tweaks on the SSD?

Thanks for any details.

Les@TheSSDReview
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There are no effects on the SSD.

Sency Sunny
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Sency Sunny

Can i ask a doubt about samsung evo 850 ssd?

shinji
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shinji

NtfsDisable8dot3NameCreation disables the OS ability to create legacy filenames for older applications.

Zappa
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Shinji was right with the ntfsDisable8dot3… It may be noticeable, and older applications mean older than 20 years, that is when that legacy long file names format was used. It creates short name version for every long named file it creates, for any old application that uses that legacy long format system. I imagine the full path counts in the length of the filename, so if you have a application writing files regularly to a folder with a long tree, all of them may be long file names, and all would be forcing the ssd to create 2 names for… Read more »

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Hi, thanks for a great guide!
As regards “15. VERIFY TRIM”, would you recommend using the Intel SSD toolbox on a X25 G2 to schedule daily TRIM just in case Win7 autotrimming for some reason fails to work (even though disabledeletenotify=0)?
Thanks!

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sam jeong

why disable superfetch?
you did explain the purpose of these up to #15 but after that there’s no explanation.
can you tell me why disabling superfetch is beneficial for ssd?

SITE RESPONSE: There are some that might state that SF adds unnecessary writes to the drive lessening the lifespan but we would not state such as most will never have their ssd reach end life.

as there are no differences with or without SF in SSD use however, why would you want it running. A fine tuned system does not leave things that don’t serve any purpose running.