When it comes to connecting one of those blazing fast solid state drives to your computer system you'll be well advised to make sure that the PC is optimized for SSD storage devices. The core reason for this is to make sure that the top speed that you'll experience during the first weeks of usage remain near that top level over time.
This includes among other things to make sure that automatic defragmentation of the SSD is disabled or that Trim is enabled on Windows 7. (Users of other [Windows] operating systems need to run software like Intel's Solid State Drive Toolbox to run emulate the trim command.
For more optimization related tips check out Optimize Slow Solid State Drives, Optimize Windows For Solid State Drives Usage and Use A Ram Disk To Reduce Writes On Solid State Drives.
SSD Fresh is a free software program for the Windows operating system that can be used to optimize the computer automatically for using SSD hard drives. You are asked to register the program (free) by entering an email address and name.
The software displays an overview of all connected SSDs on the system after startup. Information include the drive's name, type, size, number of partitions, file system and the pie chart visualizing the drive's used and free diskspace. A drive's S.M.A.R.T. information are displayed with a click on the Smart data button.
A click on Optimization displays the list of suggested optimizations. The program scans the system automatically and displays the optimization status for each suggestion automatically.
Each optimization is listed with its name, status, description and link to activate or restore the suggested feature.
Here is the list of all suggestions that are currently available in the program:
Indexing (disable search indexing)
Defragmentation (disable automatic defragmenting)
Timestamp (disable access time logs)
Prefetch (disable prefetching)
Defragmentation of boot files
Windows event logging
8.3 name creation
The program can be used to enable or disable a specific feature or to optimize all of the settings at once. It is recommended to check all suggested optimizations manually before making the suggested changes. It is for instance not recommended to disable the operating system's System Restore feature unless other forms of backup and restoration are available.
Experienced users can disable all of the suggested features manually, and maybe even faster considering that the software needs to be registered before it can be used. The program fails to address some important optimizations that include the Windows pagefile or the location of the temporary files folder on the system.
Another issue is that it is not possible to make optimizations only for select solid state drives. The changes that you make in the software affect all SSDs on the system.
Interested users can download the SSD optimizer from the Abelssoft website. The program is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the Microsoft Windows operating system.
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