Windows 8 and SSD

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  1. Noob

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    Recently purchased a new Vizio 14" laptop and i was wondering if there are any recommended settings to prolong the SSD life/performance.
    It comes with Windows 8 Signature (Will be upgrading to 8.1 later).
     
  2. nosirrah

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    Don't run loads of benchmarks on it, that really is all you need to do with a modern OS on a modern SSD.
     
  3. Noob

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    Thanks. :D
     
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    i use the Windows Defrag & Optimize utility.

    the utility will defrag platter drives and Trim SSDs.
     
  5. Bill_Bright

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    There is no need to defrag SSDs because of the way they write and access data. In fact, Windows 7 and 8 (which have scheduled defragging enabled by default) automatically disable defragging on SSDs. And note too with W7 and W8, Trim is enabled by default when the SSD is detected.

    All defragging does is increase wear and tear on SSDs. It does not improve performance. Therefore, do NOT defrag your SSDs. There are many reports on this, but for a good read, see Fragging wonderful: The truth about defragging your SSD.

    That said, nosirrah is absolutely right, with modern SSDs there's no need to worry about the life span of SSDs. Typically, even today's budget models have MTBF rate of 1,000,000 hours - that's a 114 years!!!
     
  6. Noob

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    Well, to be honest with you guys, i disabled VSS because i never use it.
    What do you guys think about it? :D
     
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    I think that is a mistake and you should re-enable it immediately. While you may not use it, several Windows components do - like System Restore, not to mention Windows Explorer. The only rationale I can see for disabling VSS is if I made daily full image backups of my system - I and suspect maintaining a robust backup policy is not something you do.
     
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    Right, i never do system backups. I rely on external hard drives to backup my files every week or so, anything in between will probably be lost. o_O
     
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    Well, weekly is certainly better than nothing, and likely much better than what most users (even advanced experienced users :() do. So that is good. But still, I would enable it so the other components in Windows that use it, can use it.
     
  10. Aryeh Goretsky

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    Hello,

    If you bought a Microsoft Signature PC from the Microsoft Store (as suggested by the fact that you mentioned your that your Vizio has Windows 8 Signature on it), then you should not really need to do anything; it will come pre-configured with whatever tweaks Vizio and Microsoft have determined are necessary for the computer.

    The only suggestion I have is to keep on top of updates for things like the firmware for the laptop on Vizio's site, the firmware for the SSD from it's manufacturer's support site, and drivers from the various component manufacturers support web sites (AMD, Broadcom, Cirris Logic, Goodway, Intel, Quanta, Qualcomm, Sentelic, Synapatics ot whomever it might be) that actually make the individual components used by Vizio to assemble the notebook computer.

    Oh, and be sure to keep up to date on backups as well.

    Regards,

    Aryeh Goretsky




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