Free Tweak-SSD – SSD Tweaking and Optimization Software

Back when the World was young (1984) – and, me too for that matter – I bought my first Hard Drive. A mega sized 10 MB HD (yep, 10 MB – not 10 GB) with a seek time of 198 ms. I paid $800 ($1,780 in today’s coin) for this “Model T” of hard drives – which required one to invoke the DOS Park utility to secure the heads in case of misadventure.

It would be an understatement to say that we’ve come a long way since – but, I’ll say it. We’ve come a long way. Mechanical Hard Drives, while not quite passé, are becoming the new “Model T” of storage devices.

SSDs – Solid State Drives – which do not employ any moving mechanical components and, are far less susceptible to physical shock; capable of faster boot times; faster system shutdown; along with faster sleep and hibernation modes, are the choice of “serious” computer users.

I like to think of myself as a serious user so, just as soon as SSDs dropped in price to a reasonable level, off I went to my supplier and walked out with an OCZ Vertex Plus 60GB SATA II SSD (a tiny little thing), in hand.

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Both Windows 7, and Windows 8, set up nicely on an SSD and the OS will optimize the drive, to some extent. But, a user can take the optimization process much further. Doing so can increase an SSD’s response considerably.

I must admit, that I had no reason to quarrel with the response time of my OCZ Vertex Plus. Even so, when I happened to find a free application that promised to optimize the drive even further, to effect an additional increase in speed, I had to give it a try. I’m glad I did.

Tweak-SSD – the freebie version – did exactly as advertised and increased performance noticeably. Some examples:

Boot time is as close to instant on as I’ve seen. No, it’s not really instant on – but, it’s not far off.

MS Word now opens in less than 2 seconds as opposed to 4/5 seconds previously.

Firefox opens virtually instantly.

In fact, broadly speaking, every application on the system opens noticeable faster following Tweak-SSD’s optimization.

Following the first boot after running the application, I’ll tell you frankly – I was astonished with the system performance. Wow, hardly describes my response.

The following is a quick walkthrough with this “push button” application:

A simple click on the Start bar gets the process underway. The application is designed to recommend suggested settings.

Clicking on any screen shot will expand it to it’s original size.

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Fast facts:

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System requirements: Windows 7, Windows 8 (both 32 bit and 64 bit editions).

Download at: Totalidea Software

7 Comments

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7 responses to “Free Tweak-SSD – SSD Tweaking and Optimization Software

  1. Leo

    Thank you Bill.
    Certainly is faster.

  2. Bionic

    Reviews on your OCZ Vertex Plus SSD aren’t looking very promising.

    OCZ Vertex Plus 60GB SATA II MLC ($79.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227738
    Max Sequential Read – 185 MB/s
    Max Sequential Write – 90 MB/s

    I’ve been very happy with Intel SSD’s, If you have SATAIII connectors on your motherboard speeds improve even further.

    Intel 520 Series 60GB SATA III ($94.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167094
    Max Sequential Read
    Up to 550 MB/s (SATAIII)
    Up to 280 MB/s (SATAII)
    Max Sequential Write
    Up to 475 MB/s (SATAIII)
    Up to 245 MB/s (SATAII)

    Intel 520 Series 120GB SATA III MLC ($134.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167095
    Max Sequential Read
    Up to 550 MB/s (SATAIII)
    Up to 280 MB/s (SATAII)
    Max Sequential Write
    Up to 500 MB/s (SATAIII)
    Up to 260 MB/s (SATAII)

    • Hey Bionic,

      Your comment illustrates the rapid developments in this technology since I purchased my first SSD. It’s amazing. Already, my SSD is a model T.

      As you have illustrated, SATA III drives have a substantial advantage over SATA II drives. But, we need to compare apples to apples. In other words, comparing SATA II performance to SATA III performance, and describing a SATA II drive’s performance as not promising, seems fallacious. They are not the same technologies. No more so than Windows XP is Win 7.

      A single example of SATA III drives available from OCZ – $99.99

      OCZ AGT3-25SAT3-120G Agility 3 Series Solid State Drive.

      Interface SATA III
      Interface Type SATA
      Average Seek (msec) 0.1
      Write Speed up to 500MB/s
      Read Speed up to 525MB/s

      Best,

      Bill

  3. Dave B.

    Think I’ll give this a test drive! I would recommend a google search and download it from someone other than the author, I’m not handing out my email address (which is required for download) for anyones free app, I get enough spam as it is.

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