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

18.  MOVE DOC FOLDER TO HDD – CAPACITY

Keeping in tune with the observing of SSD space above, Windows 7 and Windows 8 provide the ability to change folder locations, enabling your relocation of key folders to a hard drive.  This is key for mass storage of such things as music, pictures and video.

Windows 8 SSD Optimization Moving folders

Whether you are in Windows 8 or Windows 7, right click on the folder you want to move, search for the new location and ‘Apply’.

19.  ADJUSTING CPU STATES – PERFORMANCE

THIS TWEAK IS NOT ADVISED FOR THOSE THAT AREN’T CONFIDENT IN THEIR PC ABILITIES AND WE DO NOT RECOMMEND IT.  IF NOT MONITORED PROPERLY, IT MAY RESULT IN HARDWARE DAMAGE OF WHICH WE CANNOT BE RESPONSIBLE

This last optimization will provide a significant performance boost, however, it is not readily available in any Optimization Guides that we are aware of and, in fact, discussion really isn’t that prevalent considering the boost that can be obtained.  It consists of shutting off C1E, C3 and C6 states through the CPU management console of your bios which shuts down regulation of the CPU. For overclockers, this is a common tweak and, in fact, many sites have also adapted this (unbenounced to readers) in order to achieve much higher low 4k random write performance.  We also did this in a few of our reviews, achieving results such as this:

sAMSUNG 840 PRO cpu sTATE oNsAMSUNG 840 pRO ssd cpu sTATES oFFThese results were obtained while conducting our Samsung 840 Pro SSD analysis some time ago.  The difference is obvious.  Shutting these states down mean disabling the CPU thermal monitoring, higher idle CPU temperatures and higher power draw. A great discussion and further examples can be found in our Forum Thread.  Once again, because of the obvious drawbacks, we do not support this optimization and it is not used (but for one or two testing instances) on any of our site systems.

20. THE SSD TOOLBOX

There can be many advantages to choosing the right SSD which provides the buyer with many choices.  Of particular interest are Toolboxes from companies such as Samsung, Intel and OCZ that allow such things as automated firmware updates, secure erase, resetting, formatting, adjusting over provisioning, automated optimizations as well as banchmark testing of the drives.  All companies update their toolboxes on a frequent basis and they can be obtained, free of charge, by clicking on the company name above.  In addition, Samsung and Intel provide free data migration software.

21.  FREE BENCHMARK SOFTWARE

There is nothing better than free stuff and in the benchmarking world free software is everywhere.  In our position, we elect to use much of this software as it provides the reader with a no cost comparison that can be done at home.  Here are links to the free software that we are aware of:

AS SSD | ATTO | Crystal DiskMark | Crystal Disk Info | Anvil Storage Utilites | CPU-Z | HD Tach | IoMeter | TRIMcheck |

If you are aware of any that we haven’t listed here, please comment below with the link and we will get it up.

SSD Optimization Guide

REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS

If you read through this entire document, congratulations because you are as big a techie geek as I.  We started the article off with a straight forward observation that not one of these optimizations is necessary for your sheer enjoyment of your SSD.  As this is SSD Optimization Guide was compiled with the same ideals that we had with the last, we believe that it will be a valued resource, as traffic and comments of the last seem to predict.  If you have any thoughts or ideas, constructive or otherwise, feel free to e-mail the site or post them in comments and we may update the guide accordingly

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Grec

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 🙂