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Windows 7 and SSDs, Part 1 (To clone Windows or reinstall?)

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Windows 7 and SSDs

I’ve seen a couple of people stuffing their Windows 7 laptops with Solid State Disks (SSDs). I upgraded my Windows 7 demo laptop with an Intel X25-M G2 SSD (80GB) and this much improved performance, especially for virtualization purposes. A traditional Hard Disk Drive’s internals are platters. A read/write head on a boom looms over […]


Windows 7 and SSDs, Part 2 (Tweaking the box)

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Windows 7 and SSDs

As described in Part 1 of this series, Windows 7 has built-in optimizations for Solid State Disks (SSDs). To this purpose, Windows 7 will check random reads speeds of your disks, to determine whether the system is equipped with such a disk. These optimizations include disabling defragmentation on the SSD, and, when the disk is […]


Windows 7 and SSDs, Part 3 (Security Best Practices)

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Windows 7 and SSDs

Solid State Disks (SSDs) offer great performance enhancements, especially when you follow the guidelines in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series. From an information security point of view, however, these devices are nightmare in terms of data confidentiality. Recent studies from the University of California in San Diego (UCSD) show securely wiping SSDs […]