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SSD Tweaker 3.4.2

Get the best possible performance from your solid state drive

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Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Korean, Russian, Spanish
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 12 March 2015
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Downloads To Date: 3604
Developer: Elpamsoft
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SSD Tweaker
Get the best possible performance from your solid state drive

SSD Tweaker is a small tool which aims to optimise Windows for the best possible solid state drive performance.

For the most part this just involves turning off Windows features that generate drive activity. And so in a few clicks you can disable the Windows indexing service, NTFS 8.3 name creation and "last access" date stamping, boot tracing and so on. Or simply click "Auto Tweak Settings" and the program will optimise all your settings at once.

As with many tweaking tools, there are some risks here. Turning off 8.3 name creation may break some old software in unexpected ways, for instance. And disabling indexing entirely will make your Windows searches much slower, so it's far better to manually disable indexing of your SSD drive alone. (SSD Tweaker does tell you this, to be fair, but only in a tooltip-like Help pane - it's easy to miss.)

If you'd like to see if the program can help to optimise your SSD's performance, though, don't let this put you off. Just be sure to make a note of your original settings before you apply any tweaks, so it's easy to restore them later, should it be necessary.

Please note, there's also a commercial SSD Tweaker Pro version available. This also allows you to tweak relevant hibernation settings and Windows services, as well as providing the ability to check and optimise Windows TRIM status. The program can be yours for $12.95, and you can find out more at Elpamsoft.com.

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An easy-to-use tweaking tool that allows you to configure a number of vaguely SSD-related settings in a click. Some of these tweaks may have negative effects, though - note your original settings (or create a system restore point) before using SSD Tweaker

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