I recently upgraded the SSD in an Asus eeePC 901, and whilst the size and performance were both better, the performance upgrade still wasn’t on par with even a 5+ year old laptop HDD. The problem with most SSDs, especially the cheaper ones, is that they usually have very poor write performance with small files. This can make windows very sluggish and unresponsive at times.
In my search for a way to aleviate this issue I discovered a driver called FlashPoint, specifically for SSDs running Windows XP — which claimed to improve performance by creating a much larger write-cache. Despite my initial skepticism I decided to have a crack anyway, and was pleasantly surprised that responsiveness improved very substantially. Sadly the website associated with the utility seems to have disappeared into oblivion, so I have no further information or documentation. For anyone who wishes to give it a try, here is a link to my copy. After downloading, extract the zip, right click on the inf file, and select “install”. Use at your own risk!
Note: as far as I am aware this driver was available free. If it has been absorbed by a commercial entity, or is copyright or restricted in any way please get in touch and I will update this post accordingly
Can I direct readers to FlashFire which seems to be home to a similar / updated program which does the same job.
For those who wish to experiment the original version that I had is available on the downloads page
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