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Windows 7: SSD Tweaks and Optimizations in Windows 7


14 Mar 2010   #69
lightningltd

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Hello to all my fellow and future users of SSD drives and Windows 7.
I wanted to set up an area with real-world tips on getting the most out of your SSD and the Windows 7 operating system. I will separate each type of tip to its own message to keep things easier to read and to follow.
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03 Jan 2011   #70
Monumental

Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium
 
 

Good stuff in that guide, thanks.

I'm looking for input on a tweak I've read about. Instructions are:

Create a new folder on HDD
Navigate to SDD C:\windows\system3winevt\logs and highlight all logs and drag them to newly created folder on HDD
Enter Event Viewer, go to properties on all Windows and Application and Event logs and update path to the new folder on the HDD.

Does this seem like something worthwhile to you? It seems similar in purpose to your instructions on disabling event logs through Performance Monitor.


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04 Jan 2011   #71
lightningltd

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Monumental View Post
Good stuff in that guide, thanks.

I'm looking for input on a tweak I've read about. Instructions are:

Create a new folder on HDD
Navigate to SDD C:\windows\system3winevt\logs and highlight all logs and drag them to newly created folder on HDD
Enter Event Viewer, go to properties on all Windows and Application and Event logs and update path to the new folder on the HDD.

Does this seem like something worthwhile to you? It seems similar in purpose to your instructions on disabling event logs through Performance Monitor.
Not gonna recommend this one... It COULD make restoring an image backup a nightmare down the road...
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04 Jan 2011   #72
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

You could use the Registry to move the Event Logs:

How to move Event Viewer log files to another location in Windows 2000 and in Windows Server 2003

(I haven't checked, but suspect the process is the same for Windows 7.)

I just checked mine and they are only taking up about 90MB of space. I think the concern here is that some of them are written to frequently.

Personally, I'm with lightningltd on this one. It won't be worth it to extend the life of your SSD if the system you're running on it starts giving you a lot of headaches. Besides, I think all the hoopla over SSD drives dying young due to frequent writes is overblown. I saw a quote from a guy (I think) from Intel who said you could format the drive every day and write zeroes to it and still expect it to last about ten years. A few crummy little event logs aren't going to do that much harm.
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04 Jan 2011   #73
Monumental

Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium
 
 

Thanks for the responses, I won't touch that one.
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09 Jan 2011   #74
ghyelde

Windows 7 Enterprise 64 Bit
 
 
can't find windows installer sub directory

i have followed your Windows 7 install instructions and thank you for you guide. i am at the point of "Moving Parts of Windows to another drive" and cannot find the installer subdirectory. (i set explorer to show all files.) i have very few programs loaded - lightroom, adobe reader, office 2010 suite, and the link shell extension - and was wondering if this was the problem? i am running enterprise 64 bit.

thanks for any help.
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09 Jan 2011   #75
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

hi ghyelde, and welcome to sevenforums,

the installer directory is hidden within the windows folder.

you have to set explorer view settings to 'show hidden files' and unhide 'protected operating system files':

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09 Jan 2011   #76
ghyelde

Windows 7 Enterprise 64 Bit
 
 

Checked the show, did not uncheck the hide. thanks!!!
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09 Jan 2011   #77
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

no problem - enjoy your ssd!
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06 Feb 2011   #78
hquddos

Win 7 x64 Enterprise
 
 
Request advice for RAID0 2x240 GB SSDs on Win 7 x64

I am new to the world of SSDs. I just purchased 2 x 240GB OCZ Vertex 2 SSDs for my HP EliteBook 8540w laptop, and I have them setup using RAID0. I have just installed Windows 7 x64, and your guide was just what I was looking for. Thanks for your great contributions to the community.

Since I am using both drive bays in my laptop for my SSDs, I don't have the liberty of an extra available HDD for some of the log files, as per many of your recommendations throughout your guide. However, I do have a SD card slot in my laptop, which is empty. I was considering to purchase a 64 GB SDHC card and use it as additional storage in my laptop in place of a HDD. I could then re-direct some of my OS writes and log files to this SD card. Is this a good idea ? Would the READ/WRITE speed to a SDHC card be acceptable when using with SSDs in RAID0 ? Or would the performance degrade to the point where it would offset the performance gains of my SSDs ? Can a SDHC card be formatted as NTFS ? Is this a good idea ? I am trying to apply your guide to my hardware config scenario and would welcome any additional advice you could offer.

FWIW, I am also following some of the Win 7 optimization tips offered at OCZ's community forum -- Guide THE BASIC GUIDE & FAQ - ABC for OCZ SSD


Thanks.

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HP EliteBook 8540w
Intel Core i7-820
16 GB RAM
2x240GB SSDs RAID0
Win 7 x64
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08 Mar 2011   #79
seth500

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

What do I do if I don't have ACHI support for my sata ports? My board is a Asus A8N-SLI and it will basically run the ssd's in ide mode is there anything I can do to make this tut work for me or is my system fine the way it is? Right now it runs the ssd's but I'm thinking there not up to snuff anymore. If I set the NV Raid to on in the bios it doesn't recognize the ssd's as single drives, you would have to put them together as a raid an then it would be seen but then the drives are not recognized as intel drives cause the hardware raid controller doesn't allow them to be recognized. I use them as singles but my question still remains will this method described above work for my board or do I just have to give it a whirl and find out?
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