Need More Space (or Speed) on Your SSD? – Part 3, Final (Feature)

As promised this will be the final of the three-part series we did for Need More Space (or Speed) on Your SSD?, also if you happened to miss our previous articles – check out Part 1 and Part 2 (respective links). A brief explanation of our following tweak, the Search feature in Windows indexes certain files and folders on your drive and the index itself is found in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search with the space consumed being about 10% of the total contents being indexed. The space consumption may not be worth it for some due to the already fast nature of SSDs since the search indexes are cached to RAM from the drive.

Disabling Superfetch and Search services

  • Type services.msc in the Start menu Search textfield
  • Scroll down to Superfetch then right-click and select Properties
  • For the Startup type drop-down menu, select Disabled then hit OK
  • Scroll down to Windows Search then right-click and select Properties
  • Click the Stop button, change the Startup type drop-down menu to Disabled and press OK

Disabling Prefetcher and Superfetch from the Registry

Reason behind it? Well, Superfetch is setup to cache files that are accessed frequently since SSDs already have fairly low seek times, so the particular function can be disabled. However if you did a fresh install of Windows 7 on a SSD to start with, Superfetch should already be disabled (may not be if you imaged your OS from an existing HDD). On the other hand, Prefetch loads parts of program files and by disabling this you can free up more of your system memory.

  • Type regedit in the Start menu Search textfield
  • Choose the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SessionManager\Memory Management\PrefetchParameters path
  • Right-click on EnablePrefetcher and EnableSuperfetch
  • Choose Modify on each then change the value from either 1 or 3 to 0
  • Restart your system

We hope you all enjoyed our three-part series on SSD optimization and appreciated the extra space or performance boost. Until next time.

VSPC Introduces New Opt-Tek Service

Please note that this particular service is no longer available, but is still listed for archival purposes.

First thing’s first and you’re probably wondering what exactly this “Opt-Tek” service is. Well we at VSPC are completely aware that refresh cycles for technology are rather quick, especially when it comes to computing on a desktop or even a laptop. Our goal is simple – it’s to reach out and help individuals to optimize technology hence our effort to create this brand image. In some cases it may be best to replace a system, but before you go scrambling to shell out on a new machine – much can be done prior to that on either the software or hardware level to ensure your current computer is running at its optimal state.

What we’ll be offering:

  • Upgrades and Custom Builds

Sometimes you’ll be able to squeeze some more life out of your computer by swapping out key components including memory (RAM), hard disk or even the motherboard. Or if it’s time for a new system, we’ll point you in the right direction when it comes to picking the one that’s most suitable.

  • Service and Maintenance

“My PC takes a long time to start up.”

“I find it pretty sluggish even when I’m just word processing or browsing the Web.”

“It restarts itself.”

Look like you’re working it too hard, maybe take a day to bring it to a local spa or beauty center. Okay seriously, some of the many indicators like those can be possible virus or malware infections. Anyhow we’ll make an effort to isolate the problem and can reinstall the operating system as a last resort. On the hardware level, we will check components including fans to see if they are in good shape.

  • Recovery and Repairs

Currently we can recover files that are accidentally deleted or formatted from a wide variety of storage mediums, but are currently in the midst of arranging a contract with a data recovery lab to restore files from disasters including physical or water damage done to hard drives.

How we’ll deliver this service:

At this point we can arrive at your door and carry out any necessary work conveniently at the comfort of your own home or you can schedule a drop-off. Since we only recently launched this brand new service, we’ll be undergoing a trial run and will only be catering to select parts of Lower Mainland, BC. Rates start at as low as $29.99 (excluding cost of parts) – please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or to contact inquiry (dot) vspc (at) gmail (dot) com for more details.

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Our Offered Systems and More

You might have noticed it’s all been news posts lately, and it feels the site in general is simply lacking the “customized solutions” element with all the great custom builds. Well rest assured, our current up-to-date pre-configured systems are still around (now at new, lower prices!) and can be all viewed by simply clicking on the “SYSTEMS” button near the top of the page. For your convenience, here are some quick links below:

We’re also working on bringing you the latest on the parts for builds, and we have all the plans (if only new parts can get released quicker!) for the “next generation” computers already. Okay, that might be a little exaggerated but you get the idea. In the meantime, we’ll have occasional news articles on the latest in tech trends to keep everyone busy while we wait for experts at the manufacturing plants that are hard at work. After all, part of VSPC’s commitment is bringing you the latest and greatest in customized desktop solutions.

Introducing…

VSPC (Versus PC), and we’ll be offering customized desktop computer solutions locally (for the most part, Lower Mainland – BC). Other goods and services will also be available, so stay tuned for more in the future!