This article guides on optimizing SSD performance on Windows 10 PC with simple methods. A solid-state drive (SSD) is an advanced storage disk that works on electromagnetic flash memory chips. The components within the SSD which are used to read and write data are called Floating-gate transistors. They are a special type of transistor where the charge can be stored in the floating-gate, and remain, even when the power is removed from the circuit. Overall unlike a hard disk, SSD is designed for the new-gen of the computer to provide enhanced and fast performance
If you are wondering how to optimize SSD for windows 10, this article may guide you through the hassle-free procedures to accomplish it. Windows 10 SSD optimization requires you to understand the following methodologies mentioned below section. Before heading to optimizing the SSD, let us understand the impact of defragmentation on SSD.
Do not defrag the solid-state drive on Windows 10
If you are thinking defragging your SSD is a wise option to optimize the performance, please rule out that thought. Defragmentation of SSD in windows 10/8 is not possible. Defragging an SSD will only cause unnecessary writes on the drive thereby slowing down the performance of the SSD.
In a few other cases, windows may send the TRIM command on a schedule to perform a cleanup to delete the blocks which are no longer in use. Only if you manually run Automatic Maintenance in the Action Center, your SSD will be defragmented. Automatic Maintenance will not run defrag on your SSD.
Apart from a TRIM feature, There is no functional difference between an SSD and an HDD- at least in a performance perspective. Maybe this thought came from the fact, SSDs can’t survive long once they have reached a certain number of read-write cycles.
SSD optimization in Windows 10
Below listed are the few methods which can be implemented for the optimization of SSD on windows 10 effortlessly
- SSD trim (Solid State drive trim)
- Set SATA controller to AHCI mode for enhanced performance of SSD
- Disk indexing
- Adjust page files
Method 1: SSD TRIM feature.
SSD trim is the feature that is essential to enhance the performance of the SSD and keep it on top performance. It helps the driver in being more efficient by clearing data from blocks that are no longer in use. Erasing those blocks reduces the Write speed and maintains optimum performance throughout the lifespan. By default, the SSD trim will be enabled.
Although the use of TRIM ensures the high performance of your SSD, it eliminates the possibility of data recovery on your device because it completely erases the data blocks when you perform "delete" operations. That's the reason why so many users want to disable TRIM to make their data recoverable. Moving ahead let us understand how to enable SSD trim if it is not enabled.
If you are looking how to check if TRIM is enabled follow the steps mentioned below
- Click the "Start" button on your computer and type cmd
- Right-click "Command Prompt" and choose "Run as administrator".
- Enter the following command: “fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify”
- If you encounter a command DisableDeleteNotify = 0, which indicates that the feature is enabled.
You will only need to use the Command keys to enable TRIM on Windows 10 and follow the steps mentioned below
- Use the Windows key + X keyboard shortcut to open the Power User menu and select Command Prompt (Admin).
- Type the following command and press Enter: “fsutil behavior set DisableDeleteNotify 0”
- After running the command, you will notice the same DisableDeleteNotify = 0, which indicates that the feature is enabled. If the output is DisableDeleteNotify = 1, TRIM is disabled currently on your device.
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Method 2: Set SATA controller to AHCI mode for enhanced performance of SSD
SATA controller is set to AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) mode by default in most of the motherboards, which works better with SSDs. To get better performance, set the SATA controller mode to AHCI in your system's BIOS. To change your SATA mode from IDE to AHCI, you have to do the steps below:
- Press WIN+R keys and type "msconfig" and then press Enter.
- Under the Boot tab, check Safe boot, apply the changes and reboot your computer into safe mode.
- Press a specific key (mostly F2 or DEL) to boot into BIOS settings (if you cannot boot into BIOS, disable QuickStart and retry), and change your SATA mode from IDE to AHCI. Then save settings to exit and reboot.
- Windows will boot in safe mode this time. Run “msconfig” again, and uncheck the Safe boot option Boot tab under and restart your computer.
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Method 3: Disable disk indexing
Indexing is a great feature designed to provide quick access to files or folders on a hard drive. But, it is recommended to disable disk indexing on SSD to decrease the writes on it. It also influences the performance of SSD in the long run. Here are the steps mentioned below to disable disk indexing.
- Right-clicking on the specific drive in This Computer, and selecting Properties.
- Under General tab, uncheck “Allow files on this drive to have contents indexed in addition to file properties to disable disk indexing.
Method 4: Adjust page files (Only if the system has less RAM)
This method can be applied to the operating system that has low RAM. By adjusting the paging file setting you will be able to balance the performance of the SSD. To adjust the page file follow the steps mentioned below
- Right-click on This Computer, and select Properties.
- Select "Advanced System Settings" and then "Settings" in the Performance section.
- Select the "Change" button under the "Advanced" tab.
- In the pop-out window, uncheck the option Automatically manage paging files, and then select the drive C: from the list
- Choose "Custom Size" and first set a number as the Initial Size and another number for the Maximum Size. Then click the "Set" button before clicking "OK" to save the changes.
After following the above methodologies, you will successfully complete the optimizing SSD performance on Windows 10 PC.
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