So I've just built my first system for two years. A Core i5 3570K/Asus Maximus V Gene combination with a 256Gb Samsung 830 as the system drive. Sadly, my ability to bask in the extra performance now available to me is being increasingly compromised by each article I read on SSDs. Apparently, they are such delicate beasts that the very act writing to them can result in immediate death. Theirs, not mine. I now find myself on the verge of following advice to reduce my pagefile size, relocate the temp files directory, disable the recycling bin and stop indexing. And it doesn't finish there.
Before I plunge myself into this hell, I'd just like to say that TRIM in Windows 7 seems to be working correctly. Do I really need to worry about the rest of it?
Personally I always go through a checklist after installing windows:
- Disable Virtual Memory on system drive
- Disable maintenance (restore points, saves a few GB of space)
- Check if defragging is disabled (Usually Win7 will do this for you, it knows you have an SSD)
- Disable Superfetch etc.
The list might miss one or two things, but not that I can name off the top of my head. There's plenty of lists on google.
These things don't matter so much though, mostly shaving off a few GB from wasted space. Ti's quite nice.
Yes the above is completely correct, don't let the hype scare you, an average user will probably have to replace other components before the NAND in an SSD goes. Also as an aside, they recently announced that the NAND used in SSD's can be potentially repaired by heating them up (to a relatively high temp that is)! Pretty interesting, they actually incorporated "mini heaters" into the SSD to accomplish it. I think I saw the article on here, I can try and link it if anyone is interested.
Steve I've just bought one also and had the same problem, basically a lot of those articles on line are really old articles and I would take them with a massive pinch of salt. Personally all Ihave done with my Intel 330 is turn off defrag, confirmed TRIM was on, confirmed the alignment was correct and turned off system restore.
System restore is more of a preference for me that anything I just tend to not use it as I take periodic ghost images of my system anyway because I've never used system restore to any level of success ever and always ended up rebuilding my machine anyway.