Win7 and SSD Tweaks

This page is for my personal purpose use only. Using a Solid State Drive (SSD) and Windows 7 has some advantage in performance and its tasks. This guide will optimize your Windows 7 and SSD with the best outcome.

DISCLAIMER: I am not responsible for any kind of damage that may occur to your computer or its hardware, please do at your own risk. Thanks.

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1. Disable System Restore
Note: This is the most important piece of information in this Guide. Recent testing has discovered that System Restore allocates restore points within the SSD 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. Click on System Protection tab
  3. Choose Local Disk (C:) (System)
  4. Select Configure button.
  5. Now, select Turn Off System Restore

End of Tip #1

2. Disable Drive Indexing
Note: The purpose of drive indexing on a hard drive was to allow quicker access to a file. As access times on a ssd are almost instantaneous (.1ms), there is a common belief that indexing does nothing more than increase the total number of writes to the SSD which results in a lesser life cycle. Having stated this, there is no confirmed performance increase by disabling indexing and the chances of wearing out ones SSD is somewhere in the area of impossible to one in a million.

  1. Go to My Computer and choose your SSD.
  2. Right-click your SSD and select Properties (usually C: drive)
  3. Select General tab.
  4. Un-check the box: Allow files to have contents indexed in addition to file properties.
  5. Wait for a bit and let it finish, make sure select “Ignore All” in further errors.

End of Tip #2

3. Disable Disk Defragment Schedule
Note: 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. Go to My Computer and choose your SSD.
  2. Right-click your SSD and select Properties (usually C: drive)
  3. Select Tools tab.
  4. Click Defragment now … button
  5. Select the box Defragment Schedule
  6. Un-check the box: Run on a Schedule Box

End of Tip #3

4. Turn Off Windows Write-Cache Buffer Flushing
Note: 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 Computer and select Properties.
  2. Select Device Manager.
  3. Double-click on Disk Drives to expand.
  4. Choose your SSD, right-click on it and select Properties.
  5. Select Policies tab.
  6. Check the box: Turn off Windows write-cache buffer flushing on the device

End of Tip #4

5. Turn Off Page File
Note: This is an extremely controversial optimization and does not improve performance whatsoever. It does, however, return to the user 3.5-4Gb of valuable ssd storage space. It is NOT recommended for typical users with less than 4Gb RAM that are not aware of their system and its RAM use. It is also not recommended without first watching RAM use closely for some time prior to this being done.

  1. Right-click Computer and select Properties.
  2. Select Advanced System Settings.
  3. In Performance setting box, click Settings… button.
  4. Now, choose Advanced tab on top.
  5. There is Virtual memory setting box, click on Change… button.
  6. Un-check the box: Automatically mange paging file size for all drives.
  7. Choose your SSD, and tick the box: No Paging file.
  8. Click the Set button.
  9. Finally, select Yes and Restart your computer.

End of Tip #5

6. Turn Off Multi-Boot Selection
Note: This should not be done if the drive is being used to boot multiple operating systems off the same OS drive.

  1. Right-click Computer and select Properties.
  2. Select Advanced System Settings.
  3. In Startup and Recovery setting box, click Settings… button.
  4. Un-check the box: Time to display list of operating systems:.

End of Tip #6

7. Turn Off Hibernation
Note: 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. In Start button, there is a Search box.
  2. Type in: cmd
  3. In the command line, type: powercfg -h off
  4. Wait for it to finish once the command prompt reappears.

End of Tip #7

8. Advanced Power Settings
Note: This is needed for TRIM to activate at the log-in screen.

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Select System and Security.
  3. Click on Power Options.
  4. Click on a little drop down arrow with Show additional plans.
  5. Select High Performance bubble to apply.
  6. Click Change plan settings.
  7. Again, click Change advanced power settings.
  8. Click the Hard disk drop down menu.
  9. Change Turn off hard disk after to 0 Minutes.
  10. Select OK and Save Settings.

End of Tip #8

9. Disable Windows Search and Superfetch

  1. In the Start box type: services.msc and Press Enter.
  2. Scroll down and find Superfetch, right click and select Properties.
  3. In the Drop Down menu select: Disabled then click OK.
  4. Scroll down further more and find Windows Search, right click and select Properties.
  5. Click button Stop, then in Drop Down menu select: Disabled then click OK.

End of Tip #9

10. Enable Faster Booting Sequence
Note: Do not change anything else in this section unless you know what you are doing, especially in the advanced options menu you can seriously mess up the OS.

  1. In the Start box type: msconfig and Press Enter.
  2. Under Boot tab, check box No GUI boot.
  3. On the right side Timeout: change it to 0 seconds.
  4. Click on Advanced options.. button.
  5. Check box Number of processors: then select the highest number possible. (Note: This is your CPU cores).
  6. Click OK then Restart your computer.

End of Tip #10

11. Disable Recycle Bin
This will assist in instant activation of TRIM upon delete for smaller files.
Note: 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 and select Don’t move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted.
  3. Select Apply.

End of Tip #11

12. Verify TRIM

  1. In Start button, there is a Search box.
  2. Type in: cmd
  3. Right-click on cmd and select Run as administrator
  4. In command line type in: fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify
  5. If DisableDeleteNotify=0 TRIM is Enabled.
  6. If DisableDeleteNotify=1 TRIM is Disabled.

End of Tip #12

13. Intel Solid-State Drive Toolbox software
Note: If you have one of those Intel SSD, I suggest download this software, it will optimize your SSD using TRIM functionality and it’s best to run it once a week. Here is how you can download them:

  1. Open your browser, type in http://www.intel.com/go/ssdtoolbox/.
  2. You will be redirected to one of the site and choose your file to Download
  3. Or you can download it here: [Download not found]
  4. Install it and remember run it once a week.

End of Tip #13

14. Running Intel Solid-State Drive Toolbox software

  1. Open your Intel SSD Toolbox you just installed.
  2. Select your SSD Drive
  3. Below, click Intel SSD Management Tools button
  4. In Tool, select the row Intel SSD Optimizer.
  5. Hit on Run button and Run button again to finish.
  6. In few seconds, it’s done optimized.

End of Tip #14

15. Firefox and SSD
Since SSD’s have limited write-cycles, Firefox’s behavior of writing cache files to disk is not good. We can force Firefox to write the data to RAM instead by doing the following:

  1. Type in: about:config to the address bar and press Enter.
  2. In the Filter box: type in browser.cache and press Enter.
  3. Find and double-click to set value of browser.cache.disk.enable to false.
  4. Find and double-click to set value of browser.cache.memory.enable to true
  5. Create a new preference bye right clicking anywhere, hit New, and choose Integer.
  6. Named browser.cache.memory.capacity and set its value to -1 to tell Firefox determine the cache size.
  7. Named disk.cache.memory.capacity and set its value to 65536 (for 64MB), or 131072 (for 128MB).
  8. Restart Firefox.

End of Tip #15