Again about the SSD: several recommendations to maximize the use
About the benefits of the so-called SSD (solid state drive) said repeatedly. The replacement of one of the classic hard disk drive using the magnetic plate, such a device can significantly improve the performance of the entire system, but there is a small problem. Operation of the SSD includes some very specific characteristics that distinguish it from the use a typical hard drive.
Therefore, if you decide to replace the hard drive and fast new SSD, and you want to get the most from a sound investment (and it will, because the drives of this class are still relatively expensive), is primarily required to optimize all the system. And here’s how to do it.
Important apps vs unimportant
Tend to SSD was the most effective, it should be a role called «System disk». In other words the partition containing the operating system (Windows) and a handful of very important applications (office package, software for video, photo editors and others). Any other files – movies, music, digital images, games – not a place on it. They will quickly fill sparse (by modern standards) volume of the SSD and the constant need to access them will result in unnecessary loads on the drive which will shorten its service life.
Suppose you have configured a disk storage subsystem in an optimal way – as a system disk uses a SSD and a classic hard disk to store large amount of data. When installing new programs (e.g. games) as a place to install them you can easily choose a folder on the HDD. But how to migrate an application that is already installed on the SSD?
If you use Steam, the system agent service for some time offers a convenient opportunity to do this with a few clicks of the mouse. Just copy the system folder Steam to another drive, and then run Steam.exe from the new location. However, many other installed apps will continue to look for system files there, which were initially established, and as a result, they will produce errors if they are moved to another disk.
In this case, you have two options: either uninstall the program (the program) and re-install on a different disk, or to use so-called symlinks (symbolic links). With their help you can change the directory in which the corresponding application has been installed natively, forcing Windows to accept it as the original location. Creating symlinks is a very simple process, which, however, is associated with the use of one writing team. First, move all the files from the original folder (say C:Program Files) to a new location (for example, D:Program Files).
Then start a command prompt with administrator privileges and use the command mklink in the following format:
mklink /d «C: Program Files» «D: Program Files»
After that, all possible reference entries in the system registry and shortcuts will point to the new location.
Move system folders
Move all folders grouped under the name «Libraries», very simple. Let’s say you want to move Video to a new location. Open the system partition with Windows (C:) and in the Users folder, locate the subdirectory with your user name. In it you will see a folder named «Video». Click the right mouse button and select «Properties» and then click on the tab «Location».
Under the field with the original location you will see a button «Move». Just click on it and choose a new location for all the files in the Video folder. After that, she will still be part of the library, but will be physically moved to another disk. With the same easy operation you can move other folders: «Music», «Documents», «Images», «Download».
Pay attention to the space
Don’t fill the SSD to capacity. The more information you store on it the slower it will work. Ideally, you can fill 75 percent of its capacity – so it will work at optimum speed.
For this, however, will have to be attentive to everything you write on SSD. Many driver packages (NVIDIA, for example), extract its contents to a folder in the root of the drive (C:NVIDIA), and then «forget» to remove already installed files, so it will be good if from time to time you will delete them manually.
Get in the habit to use the programs disk cleanup (CCleaner, for example) to get rid of junk files, browser cache and other unnecessary files, which minimize the capacity of your SSD.
Minimize the number of records
For anybody not a secret that even the new generation SSD can perform a limited number of write operations. However, you can restrict to the minimum such treatment to him. For example, such programs as Photoshop it is not recommended to allow to save the temporary files used in the process of working on the system (SSD) drive. To change the place for writing such files through the option menu for the appropriate application.
Avoid so-called defragmentation process. It is not only not necessary, when it comes to SSDs, but also harmful, because it too absorbs the device.
Avoid using a new SSD in combination with old or incompatible with this class of disks operating systems. The best choice would be Windows 7, and even better to use the latest version of the system 8.1. Otherwise there is a risk that the SSD will work properly or its working life will be drastically reduced.