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Small Utility Helps Tweak SSD Performance

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 24 comments

The small SSD Tweak Utility application makes it easy to optimize your SSD in Windows XP, Vista, and 7.

Looking for a way to tweak that new SSD? TechSpot plays host to a tool that gives you centralized access to all the popular SSD configuration points within the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Users can tweak various options including Windows Defrag, the indexing service, prefetching, and more without the need to dig through various menus.

The SSD Tweak Utility only tweaks settings on the OS level, making it compatible with any SSD brand or model. Those of you who want to optimize the SDD but are unsure about what settings are ideal, the software provides an auto-tweak feature. For more advanced users, the tool recommends which settings to disable for optimal performance.

The tweak utility weighs a mere 295 KB, and can be downloaded right here.

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    08nwsula , February 11, 2010 8:19 PM
    sounds good. now I just need to get that ssd
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    notty22 , February 11, 2010 8:22 PM
    I have been posting about this in the Storage forums, I used it , worked nice, no negative side effects. I spotted it at OCZ ssd support forums , under the WIN 7 tips and tweaks sub section.
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    Shadow703793 , February 11, 2010 8:23 PM
    About time! W00t for no more messing with registry!
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    brett1042002 , February 11, 2010 8:25 PM
    Think i'll wait to see if this is actually legit and not some 3rd party crapware. My SSD is uber fast as it is.
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    Gandalf , February 11, 2010 8:51 PM
    Thank you.
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    mayne92 , February 11, 2010 8:59 PM
    brett1042002Think i'll wait to see if this is actually legit and not some 3rd party crapware. My SSD is uber fast as it is.

    3rd party crapware? LOL. I don't think you fully understand what the little program does and how it benefits your SSD...lol You are probably one of those people who defrag their SSD haha
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    Shadow703793 , February 11, 2010 9:05 PM
    mayne923rd party crapware? LOL. I don't think you fully understand what the little program does and how it benefits your SSD...lol You are probably one of those people who defrag their SSD haha

    lol.
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    lord_mur2002 , February 11, 2010 9:20 PM
    Windows XP SP3 on atom 1.6 n260 with 1gb ram and a 16gb SSD.

    I am getting this error even after a fresh restart.
    "The application has failed to initialize properly (0xc0000135)."

    Does anyone have any suggestions?

    I really need this app because the sandisk 16gb ssd in this machine is the slowest HD I have ever seen.
    I opened the netbook and got under the keyboard to the drive and it is just a small pcb with ram on it. I can not even put a normal HD because there is no room and the connector is not standard.

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    lord_mur2002 , February 11, 2010 9:22 PM
    If I could edit I'd change that spec to N270 processor.
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    doc70 , February 11, 2010 9:26 PM
    I will worry about it when i will be able to afford to UPGRADE my HDDs to SSDs.
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    The-Darkening , February 11, 2010 9:37 PM
    lord_mur2002Windows XP SP3 on atom 1.6 n260 with 1gb ram and a 16gb SSD.I am getting this error even after a fresh restart."The application has failed to initialize properly (0xc0000135)."Does anyone have any suggestions?I really need this app because the sandisk 16gb ssd in this machine is the slowest HD I have ever seen.I opened the netbook and got under the keyboard to the drive and it is just a small pcb with ram on it. I can not even put a normal HD because there is no room and the connector is not standard.


    You are missing either .Net Framework (Latest version to be sure) or VCredist. Check those out!
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    grieve , February 11, 2010 9:57 PM
    I bought a new 2.5" HDD for my laptop yesterday... 320 gig.

    SSD is still too pricey for me, but i want one SOOOO bad.
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    lord_mur2002 , February 11, 2010 10:00 PM
    Thank-you for the quick reply it was missing .net Framework.
    I thought it was installed but downloading 2.0 fixed the issue.
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    micky_lund , February 11, 2010 10:22 PM
    mayne923rd party crapware? LOL. I don't think you fully understand what the little program does and how it benefits your SSD...lol You are probably one of those people who defrag their SSD haha


    why don't u defrag it? just for the noob above
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    B-Unit , February 11, 2010 10:40 PM
    Because its an SSD...


    :p 

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    coopchennick , February 12, 2010 1:04 AM
    micky_lundwhy don't u defrag it? just for the noob above

    SSD's don't work like HDDs
    They store things in random places specifically to use each flash cell as evenly as possible. Fragmentation does not hurt performance on SSDs.

    Defraging only wears out the flash chips faster because of all the pointless reads/writes
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    randomizer , February 12, 2010 1:26 AM
    This utility is actually over a year old now (but no less useful), if you were following the OCZ forums enough to notice it ;) 

    coopchennickSSD's don't work like HDDsThey store things in random places specifically to use each flash cell as evenly as possible. Fragmentation does not hurt performance on SSDs.Defraging only wears out the flash chips faster because of all the pointless reads/writes


    Fragmentation does affect performance, and can do so quite severely. But it's not the same as fragmentation on a HDD.
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    JohnnyLucky , February 12, 2010 2:50 AM
    SSD's are still to expensive for me. I'll just wait for prices to come down.
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    rpmrush , February 12, 2010 3:34 AM
    I've got a boner for an Intel SSD. Just like a hot stripper, can't afford it.
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    mzeo , February 12, 2010 12:32 PM
    notty22I have been posting about this in the Storage forums, I used it , worked nice, no negative side effects. I spotted it at OCZ ssd support forums , under the WIN 7 tips and tweaks sub section.


    So do you actually notice gains from this thing? I'm running 2 X25's in raid 0, and it's already pretty darn quick. I'll have to try it when I get home.
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