Windows 7 Workstation and Servers with SSD drives

What’s the advantage of using SSD drives in Windows 7, Server 2008 R2 or Server 2012?    By loading the operating system on the SSD, you can gain a great deal of performance.

In a small – medium environment,  a octo-core processor with 16 gb of ram, a SSD drive for windows and two 4 terabyte 7200rpm storage and program drives,  your IT department can have a server that fast and can serve hundreds of users.   A more simplex quad-core processor with 8gb of ram, a SSD drive for windows and one 2 terabyte 7200rpm storage and program drive makes a robust workstation that is fast.

Load Windows Server or Windows 7 on the SSD drive.  Optimize the SSD and complete these actions.

  • Open a command prompt and “Run as administrator”. Next, type in the command “Fsutil behavior query disabledeletenotify”
    This will take care of TRIM
  • Don’t defrag the drive (SSD) (However, Windows 8 handles SSD drives – optimize by leaving native defrag on.  The drive can be optimized)
  • Disable Superfetch and Prefetch on the drive (Official Microsoft Article)
  • Move the pagefile to one of the mechanical drives
  • Install programs to other drives on Windows Server
  • Small databases such as Quickbooks or Access databases can be used on the SSD
    (If you have thousands of logins to your shared database daily, consider moving the databases to one of the storage drives)
  • Ensure your computer has AHCI enabled in the BIOS AND in the Registry (Make sure you enable in the registry first AFTER verifying your BIOS supports AHCI)

While you are at it, adjust your CPU …

 

Core parking basically makes your processors go into a sleep state known as (C6) and is supported by most knew processors.  This allows your computer to save power.  There is a trade off for disabling parking.  If you use a laptop or tablet, you may notice a slight difference in battery life once you disable core parking on your CPUs.  If you disable core parking on your CPUs, your computer will have faster benchmarks.

If you are a power user, you can disable core parking by going to registry entries or the programs below.

How can this speed up my computer?  Here’s an analogy – If drive to another city that is 15 miles away at 60 mph, you will arrive in approximately 15 minutes.  However, going across your city and traveling just 5 miles with 10 traffic lights can take you more than 20 minutes.  Imagine that you have four engines and every time you stop and start you also turn some of the engines on and off.  With all of your CPUs ‘on’,  your engines are always ready to go.

How to adjust core parking

You can download Disable CPU Core Parking here and manage them with Core Parking Manager  here (just above the ads - it will be Download Application Executables).

If you elect to change the registry, you can look for the string 0cc5b647-c1df-4637-891a-dec35c318583 and make adjustments.  Use the programs.

Using the Park programs

My preference is to UnPark all of the processors.  It will TAKE SOME TIME to scan your registry.  Be patient while it searches the registry.

Undo

After adjustments

manage parked unparked

You can use the Core Parking Manager now to adjust the power settings and insure your CPUs’ power is set appropriately.

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