SSD Speeder – Quick Start

Thank you for using SSD Speeder.

This is a quick start guide to get you started with SSD Speeder.

Why SSD Speeder?

Unlike a mechanical hard disk, a solid state drive is aging with increased write cycles. Only writing on a SSD when necessary is therefore important to prolong the life expectation of a solid state drive.

Unfortunately, programs like Safari are constantly caching files on the SSD. It is not wrong to say that Safari starts reducing SSD lifetime as soon as it is running.

This has especially to be considered on newer Mac computers with the SSD as an integral, soldered part of the mainboard that can’t be replaced.

SSD Speeder helps you increasing SSD life expectation and gives a Mac a considerably speed boost as a side effect.

Here’s how it is done:

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At the first start, you will be presented with an empty window.

 

 

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Clicking the [+] sign in the upper right opens a new window.

 

 

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Enter the name of the drive to be created, choose a location to store it and define the size of the drive. Keep in mind that the total size of all drives should be lower than half of your available RAM. For this guide the name of the drive is Demo, it will be stored in documents, the total size is 1GB.

Hit the [create] button to create this virtual drive.

IMPORTANT: The name of the drive should not contain spaces. You should not name your drive My Drive, for example, use MyDrive instead!

 

 

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After creating a drive, you will see it in the main window of SSD Speeder.

 

 

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What makes the SSD Speeder so powerful is it’s ability to automatically assign it to Safari. To do this just right click on the drive and choose [create Safari].

Important: Do not forget to save the drive using the right mouse button, then clicking save.

 

 

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More options to make life easier can be found in [Preferences] in the top bar menu. Hit [Preferences] to open a new window.

 

 

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Tick all 3 Checkboxes in this window, define how often the drive is saved and where it is saved. The name of the checkboxes is self explanatory.

Keep in mind that once a drive for Safari has been created, SSD Speeder needs to run before you open Safari! Be sure to have the first checkbox in this window ticked! If you don’t do that Safaro tries to cache data on a non-existing drive which makes it crash – and it will try to cache data no matter what!

Also make sure to tick the last check box to prevent data loss!

 

 

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Once you’re all set up, you can check the content of the drive you created by selecting the drive and click the eye icon in the top bar of the window.

 

Further options you can see there are, from left to right:

  • Create new drive
  • Delete drive
  • Mount drive
  • Unmount drive
  • View drive content
  • Refresh the window

If you stumbled over this page by accident, you can get SSD Speeder by following this link: SSD Speeder on b-eng

 

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