Did your computer come with one of those fancy SSDs? Although SSDs are meant to be fast and provide fast reading and writing speeds there might be a few times when you might not get the same speed and performance. Each SSD has some life and it can only take a fixed number of reading and write cycles. Although there are many tools that let you evaluate the health and speed of your SSD. In this post, we’ve covered a free SSD optimization tool called Tweak-SSD that lets you optimize your SSD further so that you get the best out of it.
Tweak-SSD for Windows
Tweak-SSD is a free SSD optimization tool for Windows that lets you tweak, optimize and speed up your Solid State Drive by configuring best settings and reducing read and write access to your SSD.
Tweak-SSD is offered in both free and premium variants and this post covers the free variant. The tool comes with a wizard-like interface and it is super simple to use. The initial or the first screen shows you some essential details about the SSD installed on your system. It will show you the existing optimization status along with specifications of your current system. You can click the Start SSD optimization wizard button to start with the optimization process.
Optimize SSD Drive
Windows Prefetcher and Indexing Service
It is recommended to disable prefetch on SSD drives as it is not required. Also, SSDs are fast enough and file indexing is not required. Disabling file indexing can save you a lot of write cycles. But if you use Cortana, you should not disable file indexing on SSDs or Cortana won’t be able to find files. To enable recommended system settings, click on Suggest setting(s) button and Tweak-SSD will handle everything for you.
You can make Windows store system files in memory which will save a lot of reading and write cycles and make your computer perform a little faster. But this feature is only recommended if you have more then enough RAM on your computer. You can also force Windows to use the free RAM for disk caching so that you can save read and write access to the SSD.
To reduce write access, hibernation must be disabled on Windows. Because when a computer goes into hibernation, it still accesses your SSD. So, disabling hibernation can cut on this access and can also save some disk space.
File date stamping and Boot time defragmentation
You must have noticed the Date Modified attribute with every file on Windows. To maintain that property, Windows must write some data to the disk every time you access or modify the file. This can be reduced by disabling file date sampling on your computer. Also, it is recommended to disable boot time defragmentation for SSDs as SSDs are not required to be defragmented.
If you have a large amount of RAM in your computer, you do not need a page file which Windows uses when RAM is almost full. Also, the page file is cleared on every shutdown which means a few extra write access to the SSD.
So these were some of the optimizations offered by Tweak-SSD. Apart from these features, there are a few more things such as Trim Performance Optimization which is a part of the paid version. The program is quite simple to use. The wizard-like interface will guide you through steps and on every page, there is an option to configure recommended best settings.
Click here to download Tweak-SSD for your Windows PC.
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