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Windows 7: SSD Tweaks and Optimizations in Windows 7

13 Sep 2013   #120
msalton1

windows 7 Pro 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello msalton,

Yep, it's still valid though today's SSDs are a lot less bothered by reads and writes since most include built-in TRIM.
Thanks, Brink.


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13 Sep 2013   #121
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're welcome.
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01 Nov 2013   #122
msalton1

windows 7 Pro 64 Bit
 
 

hi...back again . I've applied many of these tweaks, moving some user dirs, turning off log files, etc., also changing environment variables to point the Temp files to a "scratch partition" on a mechanical drive just for the purpose of temp files.

I've noticed, however, that User temp files found in username\\AppData\Local\Temp aren't mentioned. I've added that dir to Ccleaner's custom inclusions (along with the scratch partition's temp files, since windows still doesn't seem to clean up), but it would be nice to reduce writes further by moving it off of C:. Is there a way to do this, or is it counter-productive to move that folder?

Thanks!

Also, what's the deal with all of the class ID looking folders ( {0C9BDD1E-FD79-476E-AF6C-BAA35C4AAD6D} ) under Username\AppData\Local? MSE? There are 61 of them ATM. Anything to worry about?
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06 Jan 2014   #123
ShadowChaos

Windows 7 x64 | Windows Server 2008 R2 | Windows XP
 
 

Hello thank you very much for this tutorial! it's great. I recently install a x64 version of windows to my pc. 60gbSSD 2tb WD black. is there a way to move the windows update folder safely? I tried moving and then making a junction in safe mode for the 'SoftwareDistribution' folder. However this led to a non-working windows updater. (it would simply show a red x and state it was unable to check for updates) As soon as I placed the SoftwareDistribution folder back on C:, windows update worked again. Thanks!
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16 Feb 2014   #124
Maco88

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
To check the alignment type msinfo32 into start/search and hit Enter. Then in the left pane open Components, then Storage and go to Disks. There you can see the offset.
Just came across this thread and checking my alignment.

What should I have?

My Partition Starting Offset is - 1,048,576 bytes

Is it aligned ok??

NVM guys, I read in a previous post within the thread that number for a Samsung drive is correct. Mine is a Samsung SSD 830.
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16 Feb 2014   #125
Maco88

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Seriously impressed with the difference adding an SSD has made to my old [Oct 2009] Dell XPS 16. Feels like its good to go now for a few more year. Boots in about 20 seconds, and shuts down in about 5 seconds...Love it.

Other than some tweaks mentioned here, I have a question regarding the ACHI driver. Currently it shows it to be "msachi" but I have read it is better to use the Intel Rapid Storage drivers.

My question is, how can I find out if my Sata port is an intel and is it recommended I install the intel drivers for my SSD??

btw...I have attached a snip of what my Device managers shows.


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16 Feb 2014   #126
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maco88 View Post
Seriously impressed with the difference adding an SSD has made to my old [Oct 2009] Dell XPS 16. Feels like its good to go now for a few more year. Boots in about 20 seconds, and shuts down in about 5 seconds...Love it.

Other than some tweaks mentioned here, I have a question regarding the ACHI driver. Currently it shows it to be "msachi" but I have read it is better to use the Intel Rapid Storage drivers.

My question is, how can I find out if my Sata port is an intel and is it recommended I install the intel drivers for my SSD??

btw...I have attached a snip of what my Device managers shows.
No mate just install the driver for the drive it really has nothing to do with Intel per se' it is just added to your system

Now the chipset / hardware drivers can be updated from the manufacturers and as you have no system specs around it is hard to guide you to them
Try this and post back System Info - See Your System Specs
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16 Feb 2014   #127
Maco88

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks IC, currently just using the default windows drivers, system appears to be happy and stable. Just thought since i added an SSD, I may have been able to squeeze out a bit more out of the SSD using the Intel drivers.

Otherwise it is using the MS ACHI driver currently and no issues with that.
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23 Feb 2014   #128
Albert Blanton

Wndows 7 Pro 64/32 bit
 
 

Thanks for your very helpful information. I have just installed a 120GB Kingston SSD for my primary OS drive and did a new clean OS installation of Windows 7 Pro Oem with all of my other drives disconnected. On re boot of my new system setup, I then started trying some of your recommendations. When I entered the locations in services, I found that most of them were set to manual and I assume that if that is the case, I do not need to disable them and that some like defrag can be performed on my HDDs manually when needed without affecting My SSD OS. I don't know if Kingston's SSD made these changes since I had not reviewed the Services prior to SSD Install. Has anyone else experienced a similar situation or does Windows 7 now set these automatically when and SSD is installed.
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23 Feb 2014   #129
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Albert Blanton View Post
Thanks for your very helpful information. I have just installed a 120GB Kingston SSD for my primary OS drive and did a new clean OS installation of Windows 7 Pro Oem with all of my other drives disconnected. On re boot of my new system setup, I then started trying some of your recommendations. When I entered the locations in services, I found that most of them were set to manual and I assume that if that is the case, I do not need to disable them and that some like defrag can be performed on my HDDs manually when needed without affecting My SSD OS. I don't know if Kingston's SSD made these changes since I had not reviewed the Services prior to SSD Install. Has anyone else experienced a similar situation or does Windows 7 now set these automatically when and SSD is installed.
Albert in a nutshell Windows "sees" the SSD (any brand) when the OS is installed.
Have a read of these and although you have already done the install they may come in handy later but they have some interesting reading - if you want to of course
SSD Alignment

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

This one may interest you too
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