6 Tips and Tricks to Optimize Your SSD in Windows 7

Note: These tips and tricks also work with Windows 8, 8.1, and 10.

1. Disable Disk Indexing

Disk indexing shortens the time it takes for your computer to access files on a hard disk drive. However, SSDs have a much shorter response time than HDDs. Therefore, it doesn’t make a noticeable difference to enable disk indexing for an SSD. It’ll onlyshorten the lifespan of it for nothing.

2. Turn Off Scheduled Defragmentation 

Scheduled defragmentation is turned off by default in Windows 7. However, in certain circumstances, it’ll be on automatically. SSDs do not get fragmented, fortunately, so defragmentation would only serve to shorten an SSD’s lifespan.

3. Turn Off System Protection

Windows’ integrated protection system is too weak to safeguard your computer completely. Regardless, if you do keep it on, it will perform reading and writing operations constantly on your SSD, which reduces the lifespan of it. Therefore, we suggest you turn it off. If you need to protect your system, please use professional backup and recovery.

After turning it off, your computer will be unprotected. As mentioned above, you can use professional backup and recovery services. At RedWave Technology Group, LLC, we offer multiple, state-of-the-art utilities to ensure that your data is safe and secure, no matter what. By utilizing today’s most advanced encryption and multiple cloud locations throughout the United States, you can get your business back to doing what it does best. Let RedWave’s Data Backup Services handle your date needs.

4. Disable Paging Files

The effect of disabling paging files can be controversial. Regardless, we suggest users who have more than 4GB of RAM to disable paging files because that will increase your storage space by 3.5 to 4GB. After all, the storage space of an SSD is already small enough.

5. Disable Sleep/Hibernation Mode

The sleep/hibernation mode is a useful function for HDDs because programs will load much faster than having to boot up the whole system.  However, the boot up for an SSD typically takes less than 20 seconds, thus making the sleep/hibernation mode unnecessary.  The Hiberfil.sys file size is about the same as the amount of RAM installed on the computer.  Instead of wasting disk space for sleep/hibernation mode, it is better to free it up for other purposes.

6. Disable Prefetch and Superfetch

While these features were used on Windows XP and Vista, they are unnecessary for SSDs.  Deactivating these features will greatly improve the SSD’s overall performance.