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Old 01-15-2013, 08:45 AM   #1
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Disable scheduled disk defragmentation in Windows 7

Defragging your SSD can theoretically shorten its lifespan because SSD cells can support only a certain number of write operations (usually around 10,000 writes per cell)

1. Click on Start and type dfrgui in the Search bar

2. Highlight your SSD and click on Configure Schedule

3. Make sure Run on a schedule is unchecked. If it’s checked, uncheck it ... and your done.



Make sure TRIM support is enabled

TRIM helps to avoid write performance degradation because of the way it handles deletes and writes.

1. Open elevated command prompt by clicking on Start, typing cmd right click on the icon and click run as Administrator.

2. In the command prompt window, type fsutil behavior query disabledeletenotify - press enter

3. Note: DisableDeleteNotify = 0 means that TRIM is enabled and DisableDeleteNotify = 1 means that it’s disabled.

4. Type exit and press enter to exit cmd.



Disable hibernation

Only use this if you do NOT use hibernation

Disabling hibernation will free up about the same amount as your ram

1. Click on Start, type cmd, right-click on the cmd icon and select Run as Administrator

2. In the command prompt window type powercfg -h off and press Enter

3. Type exit and press enter to exit cmd



Disable indexing

Indexing performs many small write operations that keep the database of
file indexed, the fewer writes there are to an SSD, the longer it will last and
Windows search will perform just as well with indexing switched off.

1. Go to Start and click on Computer

2. Right-click on your SSD drive and select Properties

3. Untick Allow files on this drive to have contents indexed in addition to
file properties.



Enable write caching

The main advantage of SSDs vs hard drives is increased speed, write caching can still improve its performance

1. Click on Start, right-click on Computer and go to Properties

2. Click on the Device Manager on the left-hand side

3. Open the Disk drives section, right-click on your drive, select Properties
and go to the Policies tab

4. Check Enable write caching on the disk and click OK



Move your page file

Because it’s best to reduce writes to SSD moving the page file to another drive is a good idea.

1. Click on Start, right-click on Computer and go to Properties choose Advanced System Settings link on the left-hand side and go to Settings under Performance.

2. Go to the Advanced tab, find Virtual memory and click Change uncheck the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives checkbox.



3. Under Drive [Volume Label], click on the drive where you want to change the size of virtual memory. If your system uses a mechanical HDD in addition to an SSD, it’s best to move the page file there.

4. Click Custom size and type the new size in MB in the Initial size (MB) and Maximum size (MB) boxes. Make sure it’s the same amount to prevent your CPU from having to constantly adjusting virtual memory.

5. Click Set and then click OK.
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If I'm not mistaken, Windows automatically disables defrag on an SSD.
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If I'm not mistaken, Windows automatically disables defrag on an SSD.
Yeah Windows 7 should ... but >
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Defragmentation is one of the more useful steps to keep your hard disk at its best. However, with SSD, defragmentation is not necessary. Read operations are incredibly fast throughout the entire disk. Thanks to the flash-based nature of SSDs, it simply doesn’t matter if data is stored in a non-contiguous manner. What most users don’t know is that defragmentation can actually be harmful to the SSD as the thousands of disk operations that occur during defrag reduce the life span of solid state cells. By default, Windows 7 should automatically disable its scheduled defragmentation—but unfortunately, I’ve seen too many cases where the built-in Disk Defragmenter was still enabled, despite the fact that an SSD was built-in! Users should make sure that it’s disabled. Here’s how: Go to the Start menu and click on “All Programs”, “Accessories”, “System Tools” and “Disk Defragmenter”.
So to be on the safe side ...
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Thanks for the write-up!

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