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Published on August 3rd, 2011 | by Klaslo.com

Windows 7 SSD Tips and tweaks

The ultimate guide: How to install Windows 7

onto a SSD for best performance.

 

Installing Windows

Before you install Windows 7 onto your new SSD make sure you set the the SSD to run in AHCI mode to ensure max Performance.

if you have any other Hard Drives plugged in I would make sure that your SSD is plugged into the SATA0 port on the motherboard, this is to ensure it is the first drive the installer see and your first drive (just to make life easier).

Install Windows 7 as normal; 1) boot of a CD/DVD or 2) from USB (i will write guide later on this). On my system in only took me 13min to install Windows 7 x64 and to log for the first time, so it was ultra fast install process.


Windows 7 Tweaks and Settings for SSD’s

Here are the main settings and tweaks you should change after installing Windows 7 to ensure max SSD Performance.

  1. Enable TRIM (Should be enabled by default)
  2. Disable Prefetch
  3. Disable Superfetch
  4. Disable Indexing
  5. Disable Write Caching
  6. Disable System restore
  7. Disable Hibernate
  8. Disable Page file (only if you have a lot of RAM)
  9. Disable De-fragmentation

TRIM Support – How to verify its enabled?

Windows 7 should enable TRIM by default when installing best performance.

How to check :

In Windows 7, go to start menu -> type in search-> cmd, then right click on CMD and click on “run as administrator” and type the following:

fsutil.exe behavior query DisableDeleteNotify

It should come back with:

DisableDeleteNotify=0
if TRIM support is ready and active.

If not then type fsutil.exe behavior set DisableDeleteNotify 0

 

How to disable Prefetch:

open regedit and find Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\PrefetchParameters

Look for :
Name: EnablePrefetcher
Type: REG_DWORD

and change the value from 3 to 0, and reboot, then you can delete all files in “C:\windows\prefetch\” to free up space on your SSD.

Reason: This will free up space on your SSD.

How to disable Superfetch:

Superfetch is not required on SSD’s to disable: Start Menu -> Right-Click Computer -> Manage -> Services and Applications -> Services – > Right-Click Windows Superfetch -> Startup type: Disabled -> OK

Reason: This will free up your RAM.


How to Disable indexing: 

Indexing is not required on SSD’s to disable: Start Menu -> Right-Click Computer -> Manage -> Services and Applications -> Services – > Right-Click Windows Search -> Startup type: Disabled -> OK

Reason: SSD have a seek time of less then 2ms, there is no point in creating a index file and this will stop Windows in constantly indexing your SSD therefore making your SSD run at max speed all the time

How to Disable Write Caching

SSD’s do NOT have Cache so there are no point to have write caching: Start Menu -> Right-Click Computer -> Manage -> Device Manager -> Disk drives -> Right-Click Your Drive -> Properties -> Policies Tab -> Uncheck Enable write caching -> OK

Reason: SSD don’t have any Cache memory like normal HDD’s, so there is no point in enabling this.

How to Disable System Restore

Disable System restore to free up space on your SSD: Start Menu -> Right-Click Computer -> Properties -> Advanced System Settings -> System Protection Tab -> Configure -> Turn off system protection -> Delete -> OK

Reason: This will free up space on your SSD.

How to Disable Hibernate

Disable Hibernate, another tip to free up space on your SSD: Start Menu -> Type cmd -> Right-Click the cmd Icon -> Run as Administrator -> Type powercfg -h off -> Type exit

Reason: This will free up space on your SSD.

System Page file – Disable or enable?

I would recommend leaving this on, becauseif you disable System Page file and you run out of RAM your System WILL crash, but if you are running low on space on your SSD then change the Page file size to 512MB or 1GB.

However, if you have 8GB or more RAM then by all means disable Page file. This will free up space on your SSD.

To disable Page file go to Control Panel -> System ->Advance system settings -> advance tab -> advance tab (again) -> under Virtual memory, click change -> follow these settings:

General rule Page File is 1.5times the size of your RAM, but remember if you start seeing Blue Screen of Death errors (BSOD) then re-enable page file.

How to Disable Disk de-fragmentation

defrag is only used for HDD’s not SSD’s Start Menu -> Right-Click Computer -> Manage -> Services and Applications -> Services – > Right-Click Disk Defragmenter -> Startup type: Disabled -> OK

 

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