Solid-State Drives and Caching
Intel® SSD X25-M Series (80GB, 2.5in SATA 3Gb/s, 34nm, MLC)
Improving write speed of Solid-State Drive that causes constant freezing


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Issue/Question: System encounters frequent freezing and hanging due to slow write speed performance. If Crystal mark is used to measure the performance it only derived around 4 MB/s write performance.

Resolution/Response:
To improve the write speed performance, ensure the following settings below are configured:

  1. Disable Microsoft Disk Defragmenter Tool*
    To check Microsoft Disk Defragmenter Tool follow the steps below:

    • Click Start.
    • Click All Programs.
    • Click Accessories
    • Click System Tools.
    • Then click Disk Defragmenter.
  2. Disable Indexing
    To Disable Windows 7* Indexing, follow the steps below:

    • Click start then enter services.msc into the search field
    • Search through the list until you find Windows Search
      Note pressing “W” and it will go to all services starting with the letter W
    • Double-click on Windows Search
    • Select startup type: Disabled from the dropdown field. Stop the service.
  3. Disable Superfetch
    To Disable Windows 7 Superfetch, follow the steps below:

    • Load the Services window by typing services.msc in Start Search.
    • Locate the SuperFetch key.
    • Double-click the SuperFetch key and it will open the Properties dialog window.
    • Disable it by changing the dropdown to Disabled.
    • Stop superfetching by clicking the Stop button.
  4. Enable Write Caching
    To Enable Windows 7 Write Caching, follow the steps below:

    • Click Start, right-click Computer and then select Properties.
    • In the left pane, click Device Manager.
    • Expand Disk Drives and right-click on the disk where you need to enable or disable Disk Write Caching and click properties.
    • Click the Policies tab and check Enable Write Caching on the device to enable (default).

 

Disclaimer

Operating System:

Windows 7 *

This applies to:

Intel® SSD 330 Series
Intel® SSD 335 Series
Intel® SSD 530 Series
Intel® SSD DC S3500 Series
Intel® SSD X25-M Series

Solution ID: CS-031542
Last Modified: 17-Oct-2013
Date Created: 22-Apr-2010
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