Flushing the ssd
cache (=writing) causing the pauses?
If there's enough free space on the partition (or drive), data are written to empty blocks. If not, partially free blocks are read, the new data merged in, the blocks erased and the data written. Recommendations for free space go up to 20% (!) of the drive/partition. Also, file fragmentation has a strong adverse effect on performance in ssds in tight space conditions.
- Free space
-- manually delete/archive old stuff
-- there's more to throw away, use CCleaner, or similar tool
-- plus the hidden windows updates stuff. From a source I don't bother to google up right now but it served me well on XP:
on windows xp when you run updates it will download, save, but wont delete after the updates are installed.... |
First you must stop the automatic updates service (as it wont let you delete the folder) so go start > run > services.msc find the automatic updates and click stop
To delete the files go to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution and delete the downloads and datastore folder.
And lastly. with hidden files and folders visible. go to C:\Windows folder and delete all the HIDDEN folders with $ sign in front of them (usually the very first ones in the list... these are all uninstalled, extracted, and files during updates that are also no longer needed.)
Should free up quite a bit o space if you have never done i
- If much of the ssd
space is occupied by a pagefile and/or hibernation file, try turning off both (paging off only, of course, if you have 'nuff RAM, 2GB is worth the money!, and hibernation only if you can do without)
- Defragment (use Windows' tool, or Defraggler). Several runs may be necessary.