The SSD Optimization Guide Ultimate Windows 8 (And Win7) Edition

7. TURN HIBERNATION OFF – CAPACITY

My Windows 7 system starts in 15 seconds and my Windows 8 range is from 8-10 seconds. Hibernation is not really feasible considering that about 2.5GB of storage is returned. Accomplishing this is simple.  On your Start Screen, start to type ‘Command Prompt’ and it will pop up.  Right click on the icon and select ‘Run as Administrator’ on the bottom.  From there, type ‘powercfg -h off,  press enter and you’re done.  For Win 7 users, hit the orb, ‘All programs’, ‘Accessories’ and right click on Command Prompt.

Windows 8 SSD OptimizationOFF Hibernation Hibernate Off

8.  ENABLE OPTIMIZE DRIVES – PERFORMANCE

Windows 7 System Defrag is a totally different concept than Optimize Drives in Windows 8. DO NOT EVER schedule defragmentation of an SSD.  In Windows 8, ‘Optimize Drives’ is good.  It seems that Microsoft has built storage identification right into the Windows System Assessment Tool (WINSAT) and the OS can recognize the needs of the storage medium, be it a hard drive or SSD.

If it is a hard drive, a Defragmentation Schedule is set whereas, if it is an SSD, an Optimization Schedule is set where the TRIM command is sent to the OS, enabling the OS to search and wipe clean blocks of deleted files, on a regular basis. TRIM can be scheduled to run daily, weekly or monthly and we find Optimize Drives to be an extra step for system stability.  Read more in our published article, ‘ Windows 8 ‘Optimize Drives’ Sets Automated TRIM for SSD Health and Your Comfort’.

Windows 8 SSD Optimization Optimize Drives

Optimize Drives can be found by starting to type the name in on the Windows 8 Start Screen and then selecting the icon.

9.  ENABLE FASTER BOOT THROUGH MSCONFIG – PERFORMANCE

This selection disables the GUI start screen on boot, saving a few seconds during the boot process. Click the Windows key and ‘R’, and then type MSConfig.  From there, select Boot, check ‘No GUI Boot’ and save.

NOGUIBoot

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10.  TURN OFF MULTI-BOOT SELECTION PERFORMANCE

This optimization should be followed if more than one drive is used to boot separate systems in the same computer.  For Windows 8 users, type ‘Computer’ on the Start Screen and right click on the icon.  Select ‘Properties’, ‘Advanced System Settings’, ‘StartUp and Recovery’, and then uncheck the Time to Display List of Operating Systems before clicking ‘OK’.

Windows 8 SSD Optimization Guide Time To Lists Operating Systems

11.  DISABLE DRIVE INDEXING – ENDURANCE

Indexing was originally intended to provide quick access to a file on a hard drive (9.2ms access time).  When using an SSD (.02ms access time), indexing really serves no purpose but to increase the writes to the SSD , thus impacting on endurance, be it ever so little.  Leaving it on will not hurt your system whatsoever but our belief with Indexing, as with many other Windows 8 activities, is that there is no necessity to leave it enabled if it serves no purpose.

Windows 8 SSD Optimization IndexingIndexing

Indexing is found after you right click on the specific drive in ‘Computer’. This can be reached in Windows 8 by typing ‘Computer’ at the Start Screen, and in Windows 7, by right clicking on the Computer icon on the desktop and then right clicking on the specific drive.

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Nice work! Many of these are a repeat of what we typically see, even from your previous, but it a huge step up from just saying do this and that. Great links and pulled 128MBs 4k write out of that last tweak…Thanks.

Les@TheSSDReview
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The fact that some were rehashed is why we were so late to the game. Only when we sat down and dug into Win8 did we then find it viable to demonstrate the rehashed options by that route. Add on a few new ones, including one very powerful tweak that we hadn’t seen in guides prior, as well as plenty of free software links, and we are happy with the final package. Thanks for the support.

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PommieB

Thanks Les read every word and liked it immensely, hope you don’t mind me adding it to my sticky on the extreme overclocking forum, didn’t agree with everything but was very impressed with your explanations, keep up the good work.
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Les@TheSSDReview
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Pommie my old friend. Of course I don’t mind you adding it and not everyone will ever agree with all. We have come a long way since 07 though when we were condemned for even mentioning Pagefile and restore. Egad! My son is in your end of the world and loving it! University in Australia…how great does life get?

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PommieB

Thanks Les, the weathers superb in Australia at the moment, I’m right in the middle of renovating the house, didn’t do the traveling bit, it was costing me too much time so I’m living on the place. Your sons about 700km from where I am but the coasts the place to be, used to live on the coast, did a lot of skin diving when I was younger, intended to live there permanently but never quite managed it due to work. Didn’t get into ssd’s till mid 2009, too expensive then. Couldn’t live without one now. There were only the… Read more »

fiftyone
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fiftyone

+1 fort sticky & +1 for Les. top article

MikeGR7
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MikeGR7

Thank you for this Les!
I knew the tips for Win 7 already but you put them nice
together in one place made a perfect bookmark!

Panos Stathakis
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From what i see Mr.Les removes comments that he doesn’t like and only leaves the possitive ones. Typical i guess.

ladril
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ladril

Is it possible to get this guide in a complete PDF format?

Mars
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Mars

+1 That’ll be convenient

Alan Smith
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Alan Smith

+ another 1

rocky01
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rocky01

Indeed

THRobinson
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THRobinson

Given the age of this post, I’m assuming they aren’t making it print friendly. Shame, it’s definitely something you’d want in front of you while setting the drive up on a new system.

Bar?? Yaz?c?
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Bar?? Yaz?c?

I made myself a PDF from the webpages, can dowload it here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByMAJcK3ic0rWEpUNlNialZHcHM/view?usp=sharing

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That would be great 🙂