Windows 10 & SSDs
You do not need to tweak Windows 10 for SSDs.
Let me repeat,
YOU DO NOT NEED TO TWEAK WINDOWS 10 FOR SSDs.
Straight from Microsoft:
“A solid-state drive (SSD) is a hard drive that uses solid-state memory to store persistent data. An SSD must have a minimum of 16 gigabytes (GB) of space to install Windows. For more information about drive space and RAM considerations, see Compact OS, single-sourcing, and image optimization.
Note – It’s no longer necessary to run the Windows System Assessment Tests (WinSAT) on SSD drives. Windows now detects SSD drives and will tune itself accordingly.”
From the Intel SSD toolbox user guide:
“In Microsoft Windows 8, Superfetch functions differently than in previous versions of Windows, and should not be disabled for an Intel SSD.”
“To be honest, between Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, there are no major new requirements for SATA storage devices, particularly for SSDs…Trim is more readily available. Trim is an operating system function that helps an SSD manage space containing data that has been deleted or invalidated by the operating system. Trim has been available since Windows 7, but was somewhat invisible to the end user. This is fine in most cases, but some end users may want a bit more control. Now, trim is available in the drive Tools menu, in a feature called Optimize.”
Warning: Opinions Ahead
re: Manufacturers SSD Tools
Under Windows 10 you DO NOT need these apps to setup your SSD or tweak performance settings. Some of these are fine for viewing drive info and updating firmware. Some of these also offer over-provisioning options, which is just fine if you choose to use it. But some of these offer some rather dubious settings when it comes to Win 10 (I’m looking at you Samsung).
Samsung Rapid mode can increase performance of your Samsung SSD.
When enabled, RAPID mode is inserted as a filter driver in the Windows storage stack. The driver actively monitors all storage-related activity between and among the operating system, user applications and the SSD. The RAPID technology analyzes system traffic and leverages spare system resources (DRAM and CPU) to deliver read acceleration through intelligent caching of hot data and write optimization through tight coordination with the SSD.
Geeks seem to either love or hate rapid mode. There are continual reports all over the web of rapid mode causing problems and crashing systems. Personally, I’m not using it with Win 10.