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TweakTown's Solid State Drive Optimization Guide - Windows 7 Advanced Optimizations

The black art of setting up an SSD isn't that dark, nor is it much of an art. Chris fills us in on how to get the most out of your solid state drive.

| Guides | Posted: Feb 1, 2010 1:26 pm

Windows 7 Advanced Optimizations

 

Some of the more advanced steps can allow you to reach very impressive performance levels, but come with a penalty of some sort. A good example is the second one on the list, Power Plan Settings. On a desktop you don't have to worry about battery life, but change your power plan on a notebook and you could see your battery life cut to less than half of what you are normally accustomed to.

 

Windows 7 God Mode

 

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Let's start the advanced stuff by making everything easier to get to. Microsoft made a handy little piece of code in Windows 7 that makes getting to all of your settings much easier; it is called God Mode.

 

Copy the following text: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

 

Make a new folder on your desktop, then paste the text so it names your folder the above.

 

Click somewhere else so the folder accepts the name. Your icon will change and your folder will become a button that will get you into the settings easier.

 

You should now be able to get to almost all, if not all of the settings inside Windows 7 through this location.

 

Power Options: Choose a Power Plan

 

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Windows Vista and Windows 7 both allow you to fine tune your power options. I don't recommend running a notebook on the High Performance setting, but for desktop users looking to get the most out of their new SSD, it is a must. Once you have changed your setting to High Performance, go into the options under Hard Disk and select NEVER turn the drives off. This will allow your SSDs garbage collection to run even when you are logged off of the system.

 

Enable Write Caching

 

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You can gain a nice performance boost by checking both of these boxes, but you also run the risk of losing data if power is lost while the computer is operating.

 

Disable Indexing

 

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Having Windows 7 index your platter based drives gives you a boost in search performance, but since SSDs have such low access time, the feature is not needed to have speedy searches.

 

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