With some minor tweaks, both prior to and after you install a new SATA solid state drive (SSD), you can gain performance boosts from your system above and beyond those from the SSD upgrade itself. Keep in mind these adjustments are optional, and with only a couple of exceptions, the gains are so minor that most users may never see a difference and never bother to make them a priority. If you are unfamiliar with what is being discussed around a given variable, feel free to disregard its contents rather than risk incorrectly adjusting a setting and introducing instability in your system. Where possible, links to documentation supporting these changes are included.
Some sections of this will focus on Windows® settings and best practices. Equivalents are usually present in non-Windows operating systems, but slight variations in how another operating system (OS) or even different versions of Windows manage these mean you should check support or documentation from your OS vendor to ensure ideal settings and stability.
This article will also focus on variables around your SSD’s physical installation and your BIOS/UEFI. The screenshots featuring examples will most likely differ from your specific system configuration. Always refer to your manufacturer documentation for the most applicable information for your hardware.
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HDD to SSD migration
Replacing a hard drive with an SSD is one of the best things you can do to dramatically improve the performance of your older computer. Without any moving parts, SSDs operate more quietly, more efficiently, and with fewer parts to break than hard drives that have spinning platters.
If the used space on your HDD is larger than the total size of your SSD, which is quite common, you can consider migrating OS to your SSD only. As long as your SSD is larger than the used space on your system and boot drive, you can clone the OS from your HDD to the SSD without any boot issues.
Though SSD can drastically reduce game load time due to its high data transfer rate (up to 400Mb/s), the framerate is rarely increased. There is no doubt that upgrading to an SSD is a good choice for better gaming performance.
An SSD is much faster and offers significantly better performance when it comes to gaming, particularly in terms of loading times. HDDs, on the other hand, have a longer lifespan and are much more cost-efficient as high-volume storage solutions.