XPS 9560 and Precision 5520 - How to Optimize the Performance of Toshiba SSD's

XPS 9560 and Precision 5520 - How to Optimize the Performance of Toshiba SSD's



This articles describes the process of optimizing the performance of a Toshiba SSD in the XPS 9560 and Precision 5520 notebooks


Optimizing Toshiba SSD Performance:

Caution: Backup your files.

There is a risk of data loss while undergoing this process and Dell assumes no responsibility for lost data, proceed at your own risk.

The XPS 9560 and Precision 5520 ship with Intel Rapid Storage Technology RAID mode activated by default in Windows. Toshiba SSD's perform optimally when in non-RAID AHCI mode. To optimize performance, Windows must be configured to operate in AHCI mode. This change will require reconfiguring BIOS settings and booting to Safemode to update Windows. The following steps will guide you through this process.

  1. Configure Windows to reboot to Safemode:
    1. To force a Safemode reboot, right-click on the Windows Start Menu icon and select Command Prompt (Admin):
    2. At the Command Line Prompt, type "bcdedit /set safeboot minimal"
  2. Restart
  3. Enter the BIOS (Hold F2 during boot)
  4. Configure the BIOS:
    1. Select System Configuration
    2. Select SATA Operation
    3. Select AHCI
    4. Select Apply
    5. Select Exit

    Windows will now reboot into Safemode. While entering Safemode, Windows will reset the storage controller mode to accept the newly configured AHCI mode automatically. Continue the steps in order to reconfigure Windows to boot normally.

  5. Configure Windows to reboot normally:
    1. Right-click on the Windows Start Menu icon and select Command Prompt (Admin):
    2. At the Command Line Prompt, type "bcdedit /deletevalue safeboot"
  6. Restart the system

    The controller is now in AHCI mode, running Microsoft's generic driver. The final step is to update the SSD Firmware.

  7. Download the SSD Firmware
  8. Run the latest Toshiba SSD Firmware
  9. Restart the system

The system should now perform optimally





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Article ID: SLN307332

Last Date Modified: 08/31/2017 03:31 PM


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