I went through the guide and adjusted my laptop with most of the suggestions.
I was at first disappointed with the Lite-On SSD that came with my E6420 earlier this year, thought I was getting the Samsung 830, but this score looks better than those I've seen of 830.
Anyhoo, I was wondering what you guys thought of these modifications. Pros/cons, real-life implication, possible down-side. When I turned off the write-cache buffer flushing, I had to bail out on the test because it took forever to write.
There isn't much real world benefits to most the modifications.
If it alters the write speed, it really is negligible in terms of real world performance.
What it comes down to is how fast the memory controller of the SSD works.
What you should take away from the article is, keeping the SSD in AHCI mode, if not already.
And turning off defragmentation.
All the other optimizations are optional.
Some of those optimizations may help Windows perform a little better as a few things have been disabled that Windows will no longer have to keep up with and thus more for other resources but I'm not so sure how much this optimizes the SSD per se.
Disable defrag schedule: If you do a fresh install of Windows on the SSD, it won't schedule defrags for the SSD drive. Turn off pagefile: Some argue (including that MSDN blog) that the SSD would be an ideal place to store your pagefile. Disable hibernation: I believe the hibernation file size is proportional to the amount of memory you have. If you have 8 or 16GB of memory, the hibernation file is going to be much larger than 2.5GB. Hibernation dumps the contents of memory to disk and powers down the machine, when you start it back up, it reloads memory from the hibernation file and continues where it left off. Up to you if you want to disable this feature. Disable Superfetch: Superfetch will also be disabled for fresh installs on an SSD.
Some of the optimizations seem a little extreme, like disabling the Recycle Bin and decreasing the WaitToKillServiceTimeout in the registry to 1 sec.
Overall, I would say that if you did a fresh install of Windows onto the drive rather than cloning it from a mechanical drive, you should be fine. If you never use hibernation, turning it off would be one way to reclaim several GB of drive space.
I did some quick reading and I remember superfetch being a good thing. It fills up all your ram for a reason. To see the patterns of your usage and boot up programs quicker. There was an article done by some very reputable merchant (ocz?) that said having your ram full is a good thing with superfetch. Even though ssd's are very fast they aren't as fast as ram. You'll get faster write speeds but that doesn't mean crap when your dealing with insanely fast ram.
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