In this category we are trying to show you how to optimize SSD’s. We are decreasing disk writes, increasing disk space and boost your SSD longevity and performance.
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I don’t want to put everything on my SSD, so I decided to simply install Filezilla on my SSD but link to the profiles on my old HDD instead of creating a new profile. That’s handy because they will always stay “synchronized” (the same).
If you plan to use a SSD or you already use one, you should not put everything on your SSD. I recommend to keep you normal HDD as a 2nd operating system. Luckily, you can create a symlink to use your Thunderbird profiles on multiple hard drives, e.g. your SSD and HDD.
SSD’s have great data transfer rates but at times it can happen that your WEI score is dropping – why is that?
SSD’s are known to have a shorter lifespan than regular hard drives and the wrong Windows settings can lower it even more, here’s how you would check the health of your Windows SSD.
If you have a SSD or you are getting one for Christmas, you should make sure to check your SSD settings. Most importantly, check if TRIM is enabled.
While it is highly controversial, you still might want to disable Windows Superfetch to optimize Windows 7 for your SSD. Here’s how.
To optimize Windows 7 for SSD, here is a very cool tool: SSD Tweaker
I wanted to show you the OCZ Vertex 2 in pictures and give you some additional recommendations before you buy a SSD.
The system restore causes a lot of disk activity and is actually rarely needed. You should in all cases at least disable it on your SSD. If you don’t know how to disable the system restore, here’s a short guide.
Disabling the swap file in Windows 7 or changing its size is really simple and most of you will already know how to do it, but to complete the SSD optimization guide here are the step-by-step instructions. We do not recommend disabling the swap file on a normal HDD, this is for SSD’s only.
In order to increase your SSD longevity and optimize the SSD performance it is recommended to disable the disk write caching. Disk write caching is not required on SSD’s (there is no cache on it).
To increase the longevity of your SSD you want to reduce your disk writes. One way to achieve that is to use a memory cache instead of a disk cache (it will then store the cache in your RAM rather than on a disk, which is also a lot faster).
SSD’s require no disk defragmentation. In fact, if you continuously defragment a SSD drive you can decrease its lifespan. Here’s how you disable disk defragmentation in Windows 7.