SSD and Windows 7

Context: My experience with a Dell E6410 migration from the old spin HDD to a new Intel SSD.

Results: Boot times are reduced significantly and launching "cold" a YouTube video takes 1-2 seconds instead of 20-25 seconds.

Note: I will provide updates to this post as I explore options and settings.

1) I am using a Intel 520 180GB SSD disc (Best Buy) and a SIIG SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to SATA 2.5" enclosure (Fry's).

2) "Clone" your hard drive using Acronis True Image... If your USB enclosure is not recognized - use "backup to a file" and "restore from a file".

3) Install the new SSD in your laptop and boot.

4) Disable the service named SuperFetch (Services)
  • Services program via Control Panel > Computer Management > Services.
  • Double click "SuperFetch".
  • Change the startup type to "disabled".
  • Click "stop".
  • Click "OK".
5) Set EnablePrefetcher and EnableSuperfetch to 0 at the following registry key:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\PrefetchParameters
6) Disabled any scheduled disk defrag (right click on a drive > properties > tools > defrag now > turn on scheduled)

7) Disable ReadyBoot (ReadyBoost should already be disabled) as it causes unnecessary writes to the SSD.
  • Open the "Reliability and Performance Monitor" program via Control Panel > Computer Management > Performance.
  • Click "Performance > Data Collector Sets > Startup Event Trace Sessions"
  • Double click "ReadyBoot"
  • Select tab "Trace Session"
  • Uncheck "Enabled"
  • Click "OK"
8) Disable "System Restore" if you feel comfortable doing so - or have a hard drive image backup (like Acronis True Image) that you can roll back to in the event of system corruption.
  • Right click on My Computer and select Properties
  • Select System Protection
  • Select Configure
  • Select Turn Off System Restore
9) Firefox users: http://night-ray.blogspot.com/2012/11/faster-firefox-disk-performance-hdssd.html

10) Disable hard drive shutdown.
  • Go to Control Panel
  • Select System and Security
  • Select Power Options and Click the drop down for Show Additional Plans
  • Click Change "Advanced Power Settings"
  • Click the hard disk drop down option
  • Change Turn off hard disk after to 0 minutes (never)
  • Select OK and Save Settings
11) Disable hibernate to save hard drive write and you'll find boot times virtually identical:

  • Click Start, and then type cmd in the Start Search box.
  • In the search results list, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as Administrator.
  • When you are prompted by User Account Control, click Continue.
  • At the command prompt, type powercfg.exe /hibernate off, and then press ENTER.
  • Type exit and then press ENTER to close the Command Prompt window.
12) Windows Search Indexing does NOT need to be disabled. To enable/disable follow these steps:
  • Services program via Control Panel > Computer Management > Services.
  • Double click "Windows Search".
  • Change the startup type to "automatic" or "disabled".
  • Click "start" or "stop".
  • Click "OK".
13) Reboot your PC to experience better SDD write wearing compared to the native Windows behaviors.

14) Verify TRIM is working. Launch a command prompt (Start > Run > cmd.exe) and then:
  • Click Start, and then type cmd in the Start Search box.
  • In the search results list, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as Administrator.
  • When you are prompted by User Account Control, click Continue.
  • At the command prompt, type fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify, and then press ENTER.
  • when DisableDeleteNotify is 0 TRIM is working
  • when DisableDeleteNotify is 1 TRIM is disabled

1 comment:

IT Monkey said...

Excellent write-up. Very helpful, thank you.