SSD’s have gained popularity in the market and the users are now considering SSD’s due to its speed , reliability and performance but users still need to tweak windows settings and optimize SSD for a better life span. The per GB cost of the Solid state drives are still too high, but its worth getting one when you can boot up windows in just 10 seconds or run applications on windows at the speed of light.
The traditional HDD’s still have a upper hand at price and are best for storing tons of data. Combining SSD with HDD is ideal to get the best performance out of your computer and it is very crucial that the windows installation is on SSD.
We also posted about SSD vs HDD to point out the advantages.
Why concerned over ssd life span?
SSD’s are based on flash memory just like a USB flah drive. They have to be prevented from unecessary read/ write operations, extensive number of write operations will reduce the life of an SSD, not that it can fail in a month. Microsoft Windows has many inbuilt services and features that help in boosting overall performance of the system when using a traditional Hard Disk which requires frequent small read/write operations to HDD.
Since a Solid State Drive does not have any mechanical parts the data access speed is blazing fast thus such windows features and services are essentially of little or no importance when using an SSD and can be turned off. It is essential to optimize SSD for windows to increase its life span & prevent quick wear off .
Here are the most important ssd tips you should implement to optimize SSD on Windows 7 for a better performance and life cycle.
How to optimize SSD for Windows 7
Replacing an HDD with a Solid State Drive is very effective way to boost windows performance along with faster files & applications access. But the ssd life expectancy will reduced if you dont optimize SSD. Using the below SSD tips will greatly reduce number of write operations to ssd and providng a longer life to ssd drive .
Enable TRIM feature
To check if your SSD supports TRIM use CrystalDiskInfo hard drive monitoring utility and check for Trim under supported features. If it does then ensure that SATA controller is set to AHCI mode to take its advantage.
Go to Start => Control Panel => Device manager => IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers => An AHCI controller should be listed there.
Now check if windows is using this feature . Run command prompt and type this command: fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify
If you see 0 (zero) in response then TRIM is working, if not then enable it using the following command: fsutil behavior query|set DisableDeleteNotify = 0
Disable Windows search indexing service
Disabling indexing on windows reduces the number of write operations which is essential to optimize SSD . To disable windows 7 indexing click start and type services.msc and press enter, Right click on windows search => Properties and set startup type to disabled . Now go to My Computer => C: Drive (windows installation drive) => Right click => Properties and check off ”Allow files on this device to have contents indexed in addition to file properties” .
Those who rely a lot on windows search function should opt to move windows search index to HDD instead.
Disable Paging File
Paging file is a virtual memory created on disk to support RAM or if your system is struggling with low ram, however you can optimize ssd if you have about 8gb of ram by disabling the paging file on windows.
Right Click My Computer => Properties => Remote Settings => Advanced => Performance Settings => Advanced Tab => uncheck automatically manage paging file => select ssd drive (Windows drive) => select no paging file and click set.
If you are low on ram and wish to keep the paging file then select another drive or HDD and select system managed size or enter a custom size. But it should not be on the SSD.
Windows hibernation feature is used by very few of us, or its mainly used on laptops. If you think you can live without windows hibernation for the sake of SSD life cycle then simply disable it.
Go to start and type cmd => Right click CMD and run the command prompt as administrator, Type powercfg /hibernate off” to disable hibernation and remove the file. This will also free up some space on your windows drive.
Disable SuperFetch and Disk Defragmentation
This step is essentially recommended by SSD manufacturers. Both superfetch and defragmentation perform excessive read/write operations. Defrag is useless on SSD since it is a flash drive while superfetch is not required due to incredibly fast access of files on SSD.
Click start and type services.msc and press enter. Right click on “Superfetch” => Properties and set startup type to disabled.
To disable defragmentation Click start and type defrag => Configure Schedule => set it to never .