Windows 10 SSD Optimization

Today most of Windows users go for Windows 10, the latest operating system. Besides, more and more users use an SSD to install Windows 10 or migrate OS to SSD on Windows 10. However, as SSD works differently in many ways compared with traditional HDD, users do have the concern how to optimize Windows 10 SSD. In this post, we will show you what you need.

5 Tips for Windows 10 SSD Optimization

Here are some tips that may be useful to optimize SSD in Windows 10.
1. Use AHCI Mode
Usually, AHCI works better with SSDs. Hence, to get better performance, set SATA controller mode to AHCI in your system’s BIOS. To change your SATA mode from IDE to AHCI, you have to do the followings:
1. Run “msconfig” and then press Enter.
2. Under Boot tab, check Safe boot, and click OK to apply the changes.
3. Reboot your computer into safe mode.
4. Press a specific key (mostly F2 or DEL) to boot into BIOS settings and change your SATA mode from IDE to AHCI. Then save settings to exit and reboot.
4. Windows will boot in safe mode this time. Run “msconfig” again, uncheck Safe boot option, and restart your computer.
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2. Do not Defrag
Different from HDD, disk defragmentation is not necessary for SSD, and even brings negative effects. You may see that the Defrag says optimization is needed, but it is different from defragment. Windows will send the TRIM command on a schedule to perform a cleanup to delete the unuseful blocks. Only if you manually run Automatic Maintenance in the Action Center, your SSD will be defragmented.

3. Disable Hibernate

Hibernate mode is set up by default to allow the hard drive disk to load the programs faster instead of booting the system, but it becomes unnecessary for SSD system drive as it takes seconds to boot system from SSD. Therefore, you could disable the Hibernate function to free up space on your SSD drive. However, the hiberfil.sys file should be removed by running “powercfg -h off” in a command prompt.
4. Disable Superfetch
Superfetch usually takes a lot of time opening and accessing files for several times. Hence, it is necessary to disable Superfeatch to optimize SSD Windows 10. Please run “services.msc” and then disable it in the pop-up window.

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5. Adjust page files
It is hard to say whether page file has a good/bad effect, depending on how much RAM you have on your computer. But you can adjust page file setting in order to balance SSD performance and wasted space.
To adjust page file:
1. Right click on This PC, and select Properties.
2. Select “Advanced System Settings” and then “Settings” in the Performance section.
4. Select the “Change” button under “Advanced” tab.
5. In the pop-out window, uncheck the option “Automatically manage paging files”, and then select the drive C: from the list.
6. Choose “Custom Size” and set a number as the Initial Size and another number for the Maximum Size. Then click the “Set” button before clicking “OK” to save the changes.
If you want to install Windows 10 to an SSD, do a fresh install. If you need to migrate OS to SSD, you may use free MiniTool Partition Wizard.


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