Windows 10 has a variety of features that enable SSDs to reach their full potential. However, they are all enabled by default. Therefore you should now check in your system whether you have optimally set the SSD for Windows 10.
Windows 10: The best settings for SSDs
Most Windows 10 users are likely to have switched from HDDs to SSDs by now – for example, by buying a new PC or upgrading their own. Good idea: Because Windows 10 has a multitude of functions with which SSDs can exploit their full potential. However, they are all enabled by default. Furthermore, many of the recommended settings are from the early days of SSD technology and no longer apply to current flash drives. Therefore you should now check in your system whether you have optimally set the SSD for Windows 10.
Switch off quick start.
This tip may sound strange at first, because one of the things you probably bought the SSD was to accelerate the startup process of the operating system. The Windows quick start function was developed with hard drives in mind. Therefore, the time gained by this function can now be neglected if you have an SSD in the computer. Plus, by turning off Quick Start, you ensure that your PC performs a clean, full restart every time you shut it down. Finally, the quick start can also cause problems: for example, if you have set up multiboot so that you can choose from different operating systems at start-up, you may not be able to access your Windows drive because it is locked by the function.
The quick start of the Windows computer is not absolutely necessary when using an SSD. In addition, this setting can sometimes cause problems, for example in the case of a dual-boot system.
To deactivate the quick start, follow the path “Settings”, “System”, “Network operation and energy saving” and then click on the right on “Additional energy settings”. Then go to “Select what should happen when you press the power button” in the left-hand side of the window. If the options are grayed out at the bottom of the next window, please click on “Some settings are currently unavailable” and uncheck the “Enable quick start (recommended)” box. Then save the changes.
Install the latest firmware.
To ensure that your SSD always works as well as possible, it is always worth installing the latest firmware version. However, the process is not straightforward and not without risk. Each SSD manufacturer has its own method for the update. You should therefore visit the official website of the supplier of your model and look there for suitable instructions for the firmware update. You can find out which SSD is in your computer via the Windows device manager. Or you can use the handy, free tool Crystaldiskinfo, which shows detailed information about your storage, including the firmware version.
The TRIM function keeps your SSD tidy by releasing unnecessary data for deletion. A command line command can be used to check whether TRIM is active on your system – if you get the response shown, this is the case.
Activate the TRIM function.
This command is important in extending the life of your SSD by keeping it tidy under the hood. Windows 10 should activate this function by itself if an SSD is installed. However, it is worth checking whether this is the case. To do this, open the Windows command prompt as administrator and enter the following command: fsutil behavior set disabledeletenotify 0. Confirm with Enter. In response, you should see the message “(Disabled)” which means that TRIM is active.
Turn on system restore.
The first SSDs for private customers were often significantly less durable and more prone to failure than hard drives. That is why it was recommended at the time to turn off Windows System Restore in order to improve performance and longevity. This advice is superfluous with current SSDs. System restore is an extremely useful feature to keep an eye on. Because of this, it’s worth going into System Recovery Settings to make sure your SSD hasn’t secretly disabled it. To do this, click on Start, enter recovery and then click on “Create a recovery point”. Then click on your SSD drive in the list and then on “Configure”. In the new window, please click on “Activate computer protection”.
Windows now calls defragmentation “optimize” – but the option can still be found using the old name. It is also worthwhile for an SSD drive, as Windows will ever improve access to the flash memory with this function
Defragmentation is allowed.
Another relic from the early days of SSDs: Defragmenting an SSD was not only unnecessary, it was potentially harmful to the flash memory. This is because this reduces the number of read / write cycles for which the flash memory is designed. If you have activated a scheduled defragmentation in Windows 10, the operating system detects your SSD and does indeed defragment it. Because contrary to popular belief, SSDs are actually fragmented, although this has a much smaller effect.
Windows has some options in its settings that should have a positive effect on SSDs. But not every function is still helpful with an up-to-date flash drive – you should be careful here.
That being said, it’s best to think of today’s defragmentation option in Windows 10 as something of an all-round disk health tool. Even Windows now refers to the process as “optimization” and no longer as “defragmentation”.
The reason: During this process, the system also triggers the aforementioned TRIM function. Windows defragmentation adapts to your SSD, so leave it switched on.
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