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Ssd Optimization Guide

Discussion in 'Operating Systems' started by Flynn Greenberg, Apr 20, 2013.

  1. Flynn Greenberg

    Flynn Greenberg Moderator Forum Mod

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    Simply a help thread to install and set up an ssd.
    First make sure that AHCI mode is set up in bios
    Disable System Restore

    Recent testing has discovered that System Restore allocates restore points within many SSDs that do not work well with the SSD or TRIM. Typically, System Restore will degrade 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.

    1. Right click on My Computer and select Properties;

    2. Select System Protection;

    3. Select Configure; and

    4. Select Turn Off System Restore.

    DISABLE RECYCLE BIN.

    This will assist in instant activation of trim upon delete for smaller files. By removing this feature it can seriously impend accidental deletions do not apply if you often accidentally delete incorrect files.

    1. Right Click Recycle Bin;
    2. Select the SSD;
    3. Select Don’t move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted.
    4. Select Apply.


    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. Right click your SSD in mycomputer

    2. got to properties

    3. go to tools and click on defragment now

    4. click on schedule box and uncheck it so it is not scheduled.

    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.

    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. It is reported to improve performance on OCZ drives, however, decreases the performance of Intel drives.

    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.


    DISABLE PREFETCH AND SUPERFETCH

    1. Type Regedit into the Start Menu box;
    2: Select the file path:
    “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ CurrentControlSet\Control\SessionManager\Memory Management\PrefetchParameters”
    3. Right click on both EnablePrefetcher and EnableSuperfetch;
    4. Select modify on each of these to change the value from 1(or 3) to 0; and
    5. Restart

    DISABLE WINDOWS SEARCH AND SUPERFETCH

    1. Press Winkey + ‘R’ for Run Dialogue;
    2. Type “services.msc” and press Enter;
    3. Scroll to Superfetch, right click and select Properties;
    4. In the drop down menu select Disabled and select Ok;
    5. Scroll down further to find Windows Search, right click and select Properties;
    6. Click the Stop box then use the drop down menu to Disable select Ok.

    ENABLE FASTER BOOT THROUGH MSGONFIG

    This technique will remove the splash scree at start which will cut your boot time by 2-3 seconds. It is advised that the user not experiment with other options not described as it can have a negative effect on the OS.

    1. Press Winkey + ‘R’ and type MSConfig;
    2. Check the radio option for ‘No GUI Boot’
    Use the start box type “msconfig”.
    3. Apply.

    DECREASE SHUTDOWN TIME


    This particular optimization can result in the loss of data, if not saved, as it forces any running programs to shutdown immediately rather than in their own manner.

    1. Type Regedit into the Start Menu Box;
    2. Select the file path: “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\
    CurrentControlSet\Control”
    The last file is WaitToKillServiceTimeout.
    3. Right Click and select Modify to change the value from 12000 to 1000. Restart.
    NOTE: If you experience program hangups increase this to 5000 or so.

    Verify Trim

    Verifying that TRIM is working is actually a next to impossible task which requires monitoring your computers activity closely as TRIM can take only a split second to complete. There is truly no way for the user to confirm that it is working. Verifying TRIM will confirm for the user that the TRIM commands are being sent from the software to the ssd. This, unfortunately, is the closest one will come without trying to catch it in action for that split second.

    1. Using the Start Menu Search Box, Search CMD;
    2. Right click the Cmd Program and select Run as Administrator;
    3. In the command line type “fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify”
    If DisableDeleteNotify=0 TRIM is Enabled.
    If DisableDeleteNotify=1 TRIM is Disabled.

    DISABLE CLEARPAGEFILEATSHUTDOWN AND LARGESYSTEMCACHE

    1. Type Regedit into the Start Menu box;

    2. Select the file path:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ CurrentControlSet\Control\SessionManager\

    MemoryManagement”

    The 2nd and 5th files are ClearPageFileAtShutdown and LargeSystemCache.
    3. Right click and select Modify on each of these to change the value from 1 to 0 and Restart.

    NTFS MEMORY USAGE & NTFS DISABLE NAME CREATION


    1. Type Regedit into the Start Menu box;

    2. Select the file path:

    “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem”

    3. The 5th files is NtfsDisable8dot3NameCreation. Right click and modify to 1; and
    4. The 11th file is NtfsMemoryUsage right click and modify to 2 and Restart.

    Each and every stage is up to you it does not work for every one and these are based on a single ssd
     
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  2. Zobator

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    Verry interesting to read through. Although an SSD is way above my budget it's still fun to read about all the possibilities and tweaks :) Nice one!
     
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    dJabba eTeknix Staff Forum Mod

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    nice summary/checklist. Thanks for creating and sharing it
     
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    nice info man, thanks!!!:)
     

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