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Windows 7: Using SSD plus Secondary HDD.

05 Mar 2011   #1

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Using SSD plus Secondary HDD.

Hello All, I have been going through the SSD optimization guides in the forums and had a question when disabling services like Superfetch, and Prefetch. Will this affect the performance of my secondary HDD? I am using me SSD for Windows 7 and programs and using my HDD's for storage.

Thanks
Tyler.

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05 Mar 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Tyler,

I would recommend to leave Superfetch and Prefetch enabled. It will affect performance negatively if disabled. Superfetch is design to read from the HDD/SSD and write to RAM (memory) what it thinks you will need soon to make it available faster. It will not hurt the SSD at all since it is only reading from it.

If you used AHCI instead of IDE in your BIOS settings, then you should not have to worry about setting any of these settings in Windows 7 for your OCZ Vertex 2 SSD. For me, Windows 7 automatically set the settings in Windows 7 to what they should be for this SSD.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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05 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Hey Shawn thanks for the information, I get a little suspicious when reading optimization guides and I thought I would double check. I currently have the SSD in IDE since OCZ says that it is recommended.
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05 Mar 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Anything you would have read at the OCZ support forum recommending IDE would have been for the first generation OCZ SSD drives. AHCI is the optimal setting for the Vertex2 drives.

You can use the link in the post below if you would like to have the SSD in AHCI mode.
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05 Mar 2011   #5

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Brink, I agree with what you said about the SSD needing ahci, but Barefoot Kid wrote a tutorial about how to enable ahci without reinstalling. I've tried it myself and it works great.
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05 Mar 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Steve,

Thank you for reminding me about that tutorial. It should help Tyler easily have the SSD use AHCI.
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05 Mar 2011   #7

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Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP in VM)
 
 

No problem Shawn. I only remembered because I used it myself a couple months ago.
Steve
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