Tip for anyone with a small capacity SSD boot drive


#1

This has been perplexing me for a bit, my OS SSD boot drive has been slowly filling up, specifically the windows folder. It got to a point where it had grown to 31 gigs and I couldnt work out why. Hibernation was off, there was no use of a large page file, all old temp files and logs were deleted etc. In the end, I found this nice little command:

dism /online /cleanup-image /spsuperseded /hidesp

Even if you disable system restore, windows still keeps a lot of old components if you decide you want to uninstall a service pack, which lets be honest, you probably wont want to. Running this just freed up 9 gigs.

Hopefully this might help some people with smaller 32-128 gig SSD drives. I take no responsibility for it trashing your system :wink:


#2

thanks - that freed up around 8GB on my gaming rig


#3

great tip, thanks Matthew!

also, a few other tips including use of WinSAT (especially for windows 8, but also for windows 7)

windows 7, SSD and tips:

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/e7/archive/2009/05/05/support-and-q-a-for-solid-state-drives-and.aspx

both Intel and Samsung have auto tools to help configure the OS (tweaks) for SSD performance:

Intel: http://www.intel.com/design/flash/nand/managessd.htm
Samsung: http://www.samsung.com/us/support/SupportOwnersFAQPopup.do?faq_id=FAQ00021625&fm_seq=21793

(note, to get the latest samsung tool you’ll need to dig and find your SSD model)

WinSAT, Windows 8, and optimizations:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh825197.aspx

windows 7 notes:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc742136(v=ws.10).aspx


#4

The Intel tools are actually quite good, I can recommend them.

As for finding/knowing the drive ID, usually your BIOS will offer the full descriptor, which beats having to open your case and fish out the drive, especially if you, like me, have one with drive bays and carefully folded and tied cables.


#5

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