Many people know that SSDs are much faster than the traditional electro mechanical disk drives, use less power, produce less heat and last much longer. The only drawback is that they cost a little more - not so much now though; so they are a sensible upgrade for both laptops and towers if most cases. To get the best performance out of SSDs Windows should be installed from scratch. If cloning or migrating from an old disk there are a few things that can be modified to improve performance or longevity.
- Disable features that involve moving data to equally fast memory: Open
REGEDIT and navigate to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\PrefetchParameters
Look for the keys and . Both should be set to 0.
- Make use of the
TRIM command to have the disk handle delete operations in the background. First check whether this is already set by getting to the
CMD prompt and typing if you are informed that it is set to 0 move on to the next thing otherwise enter the following command to enable TRIM
- Make sure that SSDs are not defragmented. This is more than a superfluous operation, it actively shortens the expected lifetime of the disk as leveling disrupts file patterns.