Get the most from your SSD drive by adjusting the configuration of your Windows 7

Get the most from your SSD drive: adjusts the configuration of your Windows 7

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Change the hard drive of your computer by a SSD (solid state drive) is the best way to rejuvenate it a few years, and may spend loading the operating system in a minute to do so in just 15 seconds; Thanks to its speed of read/write access to programs is almost instant.
Disks SSD, to be immune to shock and vibration, are especially recommended in notebooks, as discussed in the previous on the topic post. Best value for money are the Samsung and Crucial (for less than €100 the 250GB - 4/06/14).
And if in addition we use RAPID software from Samsung, will get these speeds
But not all are advantages over traditional disk drives, SSDS are degrading as writes in them are underway (the current economic support 1000 operations per cell or something else) so it is advisable to carry out a series of settings that Windows does not by default (e.g. Windows 7; use Windows XP with these disks is damaging them unless they make still further adjustments).
Even so, we can be optimistic; According to calculations made by AnandTech, for example the hard drive from Samsung, that uses the memory of worst quality NAND TLC offers the estimated duration of 70 years of use, recording 10 GB of data per day (quite aggressive for a half personal use), so we can be fairly calm.
These adjustments will detail them then (and it is better that you read them before install you the OS to your SSD), although, If you're lucky enough to have bought an SSD from Samsung, installing the "Samsung Magician" app you can apply these recommended changes to optimize the operating system Windows, make it fast and also extend the life of SSD, form quickly and easily. In addition this program provides a tool for testing, and the option of establishing part of the ability to "spare" (this is unnecessary if we leave more than 15% of empty space).

A program which should include all the SSD

1 enable AHCI

The controller interface (AHCI) advanced Host is required to ensure that the OS will take advantage of all the capabilities that brings with it a SSD, necessary above all so that Windows 7 can activate the TRIM option, allowing the OS to help the SSD to carry out cleaning of garbage.
Attention: OS like Windows XP and previous they don't support TRIM function or rank data by default as the SSD, need it so that his life may be shortened to less than half .

To enable AHCI (which usually come enabled by default), you have to access the BIOS and enable it where available; If it is a team of more than 10 years it is possible that the BIOS does not even have that option, which usually come in the mode of operation of the ports SATA hard drives. If you do not find the option, try Googling for the manual of your computer or BIOS, luck!

The most advisable is to activate it before installing the operating system, because it is possible to activate later the OS not able to use the unit in the absence of the appropriate driver (it is possible to fix it, but if you do not want to complicate activate him before.

2. active TRIM

As already mentioned, the TRIM function helps you to "organize" and optimized hard disk, so that it does not lose speed with the use (one of the drawbacks of this technology is that it becomes slower with use) in addition that allows you to replace already very "old" cells moving more refreshed data to other free cells; This function allows the hard disk to follow almost as fresh as the first day performance.

If you've installed Windows 7, Linux or other current system, it is possible that you already have it activated, but just in case enable it in Windows by opening a window (command prompt) command in administrator mode and running:
fsutil behavior set disabledeletenotify 0

3. disable System Restore

This feature of Windows is usually unnecessary, occupy space on a disc SSD is very valuable (for the price), so it is recommended to deactivate it.

To do this, go to start, click right-click on "Computer", and click "Properties". Click "System protection" above left:

And click on 'Configure':

Activate "Disable system protection", we accept and ready.

4 disable indexed automatic

Windows recommended in search of files to activate the indexed, but SSDS are so fast that improvement by activating it is negligible (also that is will be saved unnecessary data), so it is advisable to leave it off.

So check with right-click on "Computer" from the Start button, go to 'properties' and disable the "Allow content indexed... to have the files on this drive", and agrees.

If you see an error that a file cannot be removed from the index, "ignore all" and ready.

5 disable automatic defragmentation

An SSD is a memory NAND flash without moving parts, by what disorder that Windows creates when you save files to disk already is no reason to slow access to data. In addition, knowing that the Scriptures on disk must avoid them as far as possible, there is no need to leave enabled Windows 7 scheduled defragmentation.

To do this, access the start menu, under 'Accessories', click on "System Tools", and go to "Disk Defragmenter".
Click on the button "Configure settings", and

disable the 'scheduled execution", and accept.

6 delete the paging file.

The paging file is a file on disk is that used as "virtual memory", so that in the case not to get working memory RAM, System download lots of data not used of the RAM on this disc, thus allowing work with more open programmes which in theory would be able to the team.
Disable it only is only recommended if you have more than 6 GB of RAM (or in other words more correct, if you have more RAM than you can fill), because otherwise the system may become unstable if you open several applications that fill the available memory.
If you can turn it off, you're in luck; avoid frequent writes to the hard disk, further extending its life.

The paging file is usually managed by the system, by varying their size according to need.

To modify your settings, right-click on "Computer" from the Start button, go to "Properties", and click on "advanced system settings" above left on the last option.
Press "settings" under the "performance" box.
Once there select the etiquette 'Advanced options' and click on 'Change' of virtual memory.
And you can already put the configuration that suits you.

7. disable hibernation

Windows occupies your disk with a file size equal to your RAM to enable hibernation (updates the file with an image of the same whenever you make use of the option).
As you can see, the system starts and shuts off so fast with a SSD that hibernation already does not make much sense.
This is for tastes and needs, but if you prefer to ignore me, disable it, opening a window (command prompt) command in administrator mode and running:
powercfg - h off

8 disable Prefetch and Superfetch

These programs loading "accelerators" do not serve almost anything with a SSD, better to disable them.
This is much easier to do with the Magician by Samsung software (Oh, hehe had said already, but it does no harm to remember it), so we will have to access the registry (Microsoft deemed so essential that it did not option anywhere); put "regedit" in start, in the search box, and look for the following keys:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\CurrentControlSet\Control\SessionManager\Memory Management\PrefetchParameters
and put the following values to zero: EnablePrefetcher and EnableSuperfetch.

9 turn off services for Windows Search and Superfetch

Even if you have disabled in the registry these options, we need to disable services that control them; Press the windows and "R" key, and the window appears to us to run.
Type "services.msc" and press "Enter". Seeks both services (are sorted alphabetically) and disable them if the flies.

10 configure the disk cache

In many cases have enabled in a SSD write caching can result in that the Scriptures are carried out more slowly (SSDS tend to have enough RAM memory for this task), by disabling it in many cases accelerating the Scriptures. To check it out, the best is to use a program of testing speed as the free use
  • CrystalDiskMark 3.0. 1 c
Should disable it have a negative effect on writing to disk, activate it again.

To configure this setting, right-click on "Computer" from the Start button, go to "Properties", and click on "Device Manager", and the properties of your hard drive, go to the "Policies" tab. Test in both cases and let the option that works best for you.

11 turn off ClearPageFileAtShutdown and LargeSystemCache

These two options it is possible that they are disabled, but it costs us nothing to check it.

SSDS are very fast; It is not necessary to empty the file's page at shutdown. Off the process will be much faster. On the other hand, the LargeSystemCache option, only exists in versions of Windows Server, and tells the computer when using a large cache for pages in the storage unit.
Have to change both options, access the registry "regedit" (accept if it asks us if we want to allow to change the system) and under the branch

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\CurrentControlSet\Control\SessionManager\Memory Management
We establish both 0 by double clicking on the keys of the same name.

12. disable hard disk auto shut-off

A SSD spends so little (you will notice that the battery you lasts half an hour more at least) is not necessary.
  1. Access the control panel, and look for the option "System and security" - > "Power options"
  2. In the plan selected, select "Change plan settings"
  3. Then click on the link Change advanced power settings (change advanced power settings)
  4. Open hard drive power options by clicking the sign + next Hard Disk (hard drive)
  5. Change 0 to the time indicated on the option Turn Off Hard Disk After (turn off hard disk after...)
  6. Under the field Sleep (Suspension) options, you must change the value of Hibernate to 0 also
  7. Click OK and close the window.
Other adjustments recommended to free space on the SSD (it is not convenient to fill it too, by the let cell free available when we reach the top of writings in any of them), is:

  • Cleaning done once installed and updated operating system with the MS disc cleanup and the useful and free CCleaner.
  • Save significant disk space with the option MaxPatchCacheSize to 0, with what we avoid that older versions of files are saved when the system or programs are updated (you have to do nothing more to install Windows 7).