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12 Things You Must Do When Running a Solid State Drive in Windows 7


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While reading through forums, I’ve noticed that a ton of people are now using solid state drives (SSDs) instead of hard disk drives (HDDs) for their operating system partition and, sometimes, for the entire computer’s storage. That’s all fine and dandy, but if you run an SSD, you pretty much don’t benefit as much from it as you would if you knew how to prepare your operating system for it. Windows 7 supports certain features that SSDs need to operate at optimum velocity, but it doesn’t enable them by default. This means that you have to come in and change OS settings to support the full potential of your SSD. Let’s get down to it!

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About the only thing I would advise against, is disabling prefetch and superfetch when you also have a standard HDD in the mix. Windows 7 automatically disables these services for the SSD, but keeps them running for the mechanical HDD's you may have. Trim is also enabled by default if you installed Win7 to the SSD, and defragging on a schedule is also disabled for SSD's by default. It doesn't hurt to check both though... just to be sure. :)

As an addition, moving Windows temp folders is something you may want to look into. You can move them to your storage HDD to limit writes on the SSD. The temp folders writes nearly more than anything else and will increase the life of your SSD having them moved.

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