Sunday , 20 April 2014
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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.

About Les Tokar

is a technology nut and Founder of The SSD Review. His early work includes the first consumer SSD review along with MS Vista, Win 7 and SSD Optimization Guides. Les is fortunate to, not only evaluate and provide opinion on consumer and enterprise solid state storage but also, travel the world in search of new technologies and great friendships. Google+
  • toad_004

    Disabling indexing completely might be worthwhile if your one and only drive is an SSD. But in most cases, it’s far more practical to simply move the index to an HDD.

    You should also move Windows “MY” folders (My Documents, My Videos, etc) to an HDD. Basically, anything that isn’t a program (or Windows itself) should be placed on an HDD.

  • Mozef Kaddas

    Thank you for the very detailed guide, its very clear and took me through the whole process for the sake of SSD window Tweak. Well done.

  • Phil Wright

    Just finished the optimization course. Thank you. Very helpful to a not quite newb. Bookmarked your amazon link. Sorry I didn’t know about it sooner. Just now going from xp to 7 w/new ssd & old 1tb hdd. Your course will be used frequently as I get my upgrade build going. Really, THANK YOU for passing on info even an old salt like me can understand.

  • Tim Titus

    I thank you for the guide, I found it quite helpful. I have a question I can’t find an answer for. I have a Samsung 840 EVO500 GB, set up as described. Everything seems to be working fine however, my HDD case LED is constantly lit, there is no discernible flickering. Is this normal behavior for an SSD?

    • http://thessdreview.com Les@TheSSDReview

      I wouldn’t think so but I might check the Task Manager for activity.

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