Tips : Solid State Drive : Increase Performance in Windows 8, 7, Vista , XP

After reading this short article, you will be able to properly configure your Solid State Drive ( SSD ) for better performance in Windows Operating system. If you have a new SSD in your hands and you are thinking about Installing Windows on it, make sure that your drive is aligned properly & within your BIOS the controller or SATA type is set to AHCI. While booting from Windows Disk and just before you select the Disk Press Shift + F10 and follow this guide . Below are some tips that you can use to gain some performance boost when using SSD in Windows.

  • Make Sure you are using your computer in AHCI mode.
  • Turn off Defragment service. ( Start menu –> type Service.msc)
  • Turn off indexing service ( SSD drives are fast enough and using indexing service is a waste of time )
  • Some online blogs /sites suggest turning off Superfetch. I would suggest not to turn it off. I found performance degradation while the superfetch service was tunred off. ( Though It’s your wish )
  • DO Not turn off write caching ( even if it’s not needed )
  • Make Sure Trim is working on your Windows system
  • To Check TRIM
  • Go to Start Menu
  • Type CMD
  • Right Click CMD
  • Run as Administrator
  • startmenu_cmd
  • Now, on the Command Prompt
  • Type fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify
  • trim
  • If the result you get says DisableDeleteNotify=0
  • Trim is Enabled
  • In the end, make sure you drivers & Windows is up to date. Run Windows update to check.