Windows 10: Disabling Superfetch in services when using an SSD a good idea?

  1.    09 Mar 2018 #1

    Disabling Superfetch in services when using an SSD a good idea?


    Is disabling Superfetch in services on my computer with an SSD a good idea according to this article?
    This is how SSDs work and what you can do to make yours last longer.
    Do this to increase your SSD's lifespan! - CNET
    --- The article stresses it's a good idea to minimize writing to an SSD drive.
    "Disabling Superfetch helps reduce writing to the drive."
    "If your computer uses a hard drive, Superfetch is useful. For an SSD, however, it's not necessary and only wastes the drive's P/E cycles."

    When I go into services, the description for superfetch is: "Maintains and improves system performance over time".
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  2.    09 Mar 2018 #2

    I always run powercfg -h off when I put an SSD in a system. Unnecessary writes just reduce the life of an SSD.
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  3.    09 Mar 2018 #3

    The "advice" on that article looks like outdated stuff that's just been circulating around the Internet for years with no actual research behind it. CNet has really gone downhill over the years.

    The "Superfetch cache" it complains about is tiny - you can look at it in c:\windows\prefetch. A few minutes of web browsing generates more disk writes.

    Whether you see a performance boost with Superfetch would depend on your usage patterns. System memory is still significantly faster than an SSD but depending on what apps you use it may not be noticeable at human time scales.
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  4.    09 Mar 2018 #4

    PolarNettles said: View Post
    The "advice" on that article looks like outdated stuff that's just been circulating around the Internet for years with no actual research behind it. CNet has really gone downhill over the years.

    The "Superfetch cache" it complains about is tiny - you can look at it in c:\windows\prefetch. A few minutes of web browsing generates more disk writes.

    Whether you see a performance boost with Superfetch would depend on your usage patterns. System memory is still significantly faster than an SSD but depending on what apps you use it may not be noticeable at human time scales.
    Thank you for that information.
    I just checked my Prefetch folder: it has 228 items with a size on disk of 4.29MB: I don't see a problem with that.
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