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Windows 7: Installing on an SSD

14 May 2010   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You may want to test with Superfetch turned on. I found this to be faster - but there are differing opinions on that.


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14 May 2010   #12
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
You may want to test with Superfetch turned on. I found this to be faster - but there are differing opinions on that.
Win7 will, by default, set Superfetch to manual after the first run of WEI.

It is also recomended by many to do so if Win7 doesnt do it on its own.


I used to do leave it manual. However, after some testing, I have since changed my tune and whole-heartedly agree with whs.

After 1 week of superfetch enabled, I could start telling the difference.
It does help, even with SSDs.

I think the reason for it is simple. While the SSD is much faster than the traditional HD, it still isn't as fast as RAM, which is where Superfetch & Prefetch help.

Also, the writes it does do are quite insignificant. I think that whole thing is a bit overblown TBH. at least when it comes to SF & PF.

Agree or disagree, its food for thought.
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14 May 2010   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
I think the reason for it is simple. While the SSD is much faster than the traditional HD, it still isn't as fast as RAM, which is where Superfetch & Prefetch help.
Exactly!
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14 May 2010   #14
Sanvean

Windows 7 Professional 64
 
 

Yep, I turned my Superfetch back on also.
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14 May 2010   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

When it comes to SSDs, some people worry too much about the "damage" the write operations could have on the SSD. I think this fear is exaggerated. Even with frequent write operations, the SSDs will last longer than we care to keep them (which is probably an average of 3 to 4 years).
So keeping Superfetch, the Page file, etc. away from the SSD is counterproductive in my book. Besides, both afore mentioned operations do infrequent writes and in big blocks. They do a lot more reads.
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14 May 2010   #16
wakeboardr116

Windows 7 Professional x64 6.1 Build 7600
 
 

These are all interesting points. Right now it is performing great even with superfetch off. I might turn it back on to see if I notice any difference.
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14 May 2010   #17
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wakeboardr116 View Post
These are all interesting points. Right now it is performing great even with superfetch off. I might turn it back on to see if I notice any difference.
No wonder you are happy. SSDs are so much faster than the spinners. If it suits you as is, no need to change anything.
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14 May 2010   #18
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I leave superfetch turned on with my SSD drive. I cannot say I noticed things really improving with it on..but I certainly have not seen performance go down.

I'm not concerned with the lifespan of my SSD at all. I'm sure it will long outlast it's useful size life.
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18 May 2010   #19
wakeboardr116

Windows 7 Professional x64 6.1 Build 7600
 
 

Well so far everything is running great. Reads are very fast programs open quicker than ever. I have noticed though that it seems like the write speed has gotten slower so I decided to run a benchmark and test it out. My write speeds have dropped from 110's down to the 20's?!?!?!?! What could have caused this? Is there any way to fix it?
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18 May 2010   #20
wakeboardr116

Windows 7 Professional x64 6.1 Build 7600
 
 

NVM. From now on I'll stick to reading advice on this forum only. I read on another one to turn off write caching. As soon as I turned that back on my speeds jumped right back up to where they were.
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