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6 Solid State Drive Optimization Tips – Make SSD Speed Fly

Solid-state drives (SSDs) are becoming the first choice for new machines and computers, thanks to their powerful read/write performance and low latency. However, there will still be some user feedback, computer clearly has SSD, but still has slow switching speed, system lag, and other phenomena. In this case, it is quite possible that SSDS is not maximizing performance, and that the optimizations are not done correctly! Here are 6 things you must do to make your SSD fly!
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6 SSD optimization setup tips to get your SSD speed flying

1. Enable AHCI mode

The first step in SSD optimization is to make sure that your disk is in AHCI mode. However, on today’s computers, most of which are running Windows 7 or Windows 10, the disk mode is automatically set to “AHCI” if you follow the normal process of installing the system.

However, there is no need to worry if the computer system is older or if you choose to install the system in IDE mode by mistake. Just do the following steps:

① Click Win +R to enter the running dialog box;
② Enter Regedit to enter the registry;
③ Choose the path "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesmsahci";
④ Right-click to change the disk mode to 0, and restart the disk.

2. Enable the TRIM function

TRIM is a very important feature that improves SSD reads and writes performance and reduces latency. Therefore, ensure that the TRIM function is enabled after OS installation.

① Open the Start menu bar, enter CMD, and right-click to run the command prompt in administrator mode.
② Input the command: fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify command.
③ If 0 is returned, TRIM is on; Otherwise, if the return value is 1, then TRIM is off.

3. Solid-state drives 4K alignment

The so-called 4K alignment actually refers to 4K advanced formatting, which requires 4K alignment of hard disk sectors. The 4K Advanced Formatting standard specifies that the disk sector size is migrated from the current 512 bytes to 4096 bytes (or 4K). This change will improve formatting efficiency, which will help the hard disk provide higher capacity while providing improved error correction.

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4. Disable the system restore function

When using SSDs, people usually don’t pay attention to this aspect, but feedback indicates that system restore affects SSD or TRIM operation and thus SSD read and write ability.

Shutting down the system restore is very simple, you only need a few simple steps to complete:

① Right-click the computer and click properties;
② Click the System protection TAB;
③ Click below to configure;
④ in the window that is displayed, click Disable System protection and click Delete system restore point.

5. Disable the disk index function

Normal search is not a lot of time, you can completely close the index to let the system temporarily search. This can greatly extend the life of SSDs. Due to the high random read performance of SSDS, temporary searches are not much slower than indexing, but they are great for the lifetime of SSDs.

The procedure for disabling disk indexes is as follows:

① Access the computer, right-click your SSD partition, and click Properties;
② Click the general TAB;
③ Clear Allow file contents on this drive to be indexed and click OK.

Note: Sometimes you may need to operate with administrator rights, just perform administrator rights.

6. Disable the disk defragmentation plan

Disk defragmentation works by re-reading and reorganizing files stored on a disk in a certain order, which is suicidal for solid-state drives, where erasure counts as life.

The flash storage nature of a Solid-state drive limits the number of erasures it can take, and once that number is exceeded, the disk cannot be written to scrap. As a result, SSD defragmentation is almost suicidal.

To disable disk defragmentation, proceed as follows:

① Right-click any disk partition and click Properties;
② Select the "Tools" TAB;
③ Select Defragment Now.
④ Select Configuration Plan.
⑤ Deselect Run as Planned to disable the disk defragmentation plan.


These are the six SSD optimization tips. If you optimize your SSD, you will see a big increase in SSD speed. In addition, when using SSDS, reserve sufficient SSD space. SSD performance deteriorates if the SSD space is too full. Therefore, do not create too many partitions for small and easy SSDS. Some older computers, because the motherboard is still using the SATA2.0 interface, can not give the best performance of the SATA3.0 SSD, so if the old computer, SSD optimization Settings are not smooth, it is a platform problem.

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