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SSD Tweaker 3.3

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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Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 20 June 2014
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Developer: Elpamsoft
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SSD Tweaker 3.3
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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Ashampoo Burning Studio 2013 is a compact, simple, but surprisingly feature-packed disc burning suite.

The program makes it easy to create simple data discs and audio CDs, for instance: just drag and drop your files onto the list area and you'll be burning the finished disc in a couple of clicks.

That's just the start, though. Burning Studio 2013 can also create data discs with customised, interactive multi-page menus, perfect if you'd like a more professional way to share and present the disc contents.

A built-in backup tool allows you to create backups which may be encrypted, compressed, and span several CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays.

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The focus throughout is on ease of use, though, and so Ashampoo Burning Studio 2013 remains very straightforward, whatever you're doing. Most disc projects are created via the same simple interface, and for the most part all you have to do is drag and drop the necessary files. But experts will find more advanced options are only a click away, and if you need to then you can set ISO and UDF version, enable Joliet, make a disc bootable and more.

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