1. ENSURE YOUR COMPUTER IS OPERATING IN AHCI MODE
PREFACE: Skip this technique if your bios states your system is in AHCI mode. As uncommon as this may seem, not all computers will automatically install a SSD in AHCI mode and the end result will always be a reduction in performance if the system is running in IDE mode. AHCI mode allows for plug and play installation of SATA devices and Native Command Queuing which can provide as much as a 10-15% performance boost in single drive systems. A system being set up in IDE mode is a common occurrence with those completing their first computer build who have not first educated themselves and properly set up their bios settings.
WARNING: Double check that you have AHCI in your mobo BIOS before changing. You will NOT be able to boot into IDE mode after changing this setting. This site claims no responsibility for any modifications made as a result of advise afforded herein.
1. Hit the Winkey + ‘R’ to get you to the ‘Run’ menu.
2. Type ‘Regedit’.
3. Select the file path:
4. Right Click and modify Start from 3 to 0 and Restart.
2. ENSURE CHIPSET DRIVERS ARE UP TO DATE
This will allow for the efficient managing of data transmission through the SATA bridge and newer drivers may also be released to solve problems discovered with the system after its release.
TRIM is a very important part of SSD maintenance and allows for background wiping of previous deletions to retain SSD performance.
There are numerous documented tests that show that the new drivers perform ‘wiping’, similar to TRIM’ almost immediately after a deletion is made on a RAID drive, thus restoring performance.
MSAHCI vs INTEL RST
For the typical user, the difference in the performance between Intel Rapid Storage Technology (RST) and native MSAHCI (standard in Win 7) cannot be visually observed in performance. Our analysis has shown that, although the two are similar in performance, different versions of RST may provide significantly different performance results, some of which may even be lower than AHCI. Our advise for the typical user is to remain with MSAHCI and, for the enthusiast who loves testing and attaining every ounce of performance possible, install Intel RST and determine which version works best for your needs.
3. DISABLE SYSTEM RESTORE
Although not as crucial now as it once was, System Restore allocates restore points within many SSDs that do not work well with the SSD or TRIM. There have been numerous examples of System Restore degrading SSD performance significantly within a few weeks and makes it very difficult for TRIM to function. Disabling System Restore is not only recommended throughout the web, but also, Intel has lately also included this advise with respect to its SSDs.
Disabling System Restore will also return to you a fair amount of ssd storage space. Some time ago, we had published an article discusses these issues and also provides a simple test process to determine if System Restore may be affecting your SSD Performance.
2. Select System Protection;
3. Select Configure; and
4. Select Turn Off System Restore