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SSD Freezing and Recommendations | Fix for ETS2/ATS + PC freezing | Simple Guide


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Hello guys,
Have you recently experienced a problem with an SSD freezing the OS or game (which can result in unreliable connection kick from MP).
Luckily there are solutions to that and I would like to share it with all the others having issues!


When buying an SSD, make sure the speeds are listed as MB/s (Megabytes per second), not Mbps.

If you plan to get an SSD but don't want to pay a much higher price, then I recommend the Crucial MX500 (not BX500), usually they will be a SATA type. (Make sure they have a DRAM cache)

If you would rather have a very high performance SSD then I recommend getting an NVMe SSD (such as a WD Black SN750) IF your PC supports them, these are more expensive but are extremely better performing.

Please keep all of the above in mind before purchasing an SSD!


Make sure all your drivers are up to date on Windows!
You can do this by opening start and typing "Device Manager".



Look for "IDA/ATA/ATAPI controllers" and select the controller



Look for "Storage controllers" and select the controller




Right click it and press 'Update driver'.
Then close device manager.

Go to the link below and download the 'registry' file(.reg) - Number 2


Once you have done that and added the registry file, search for "Edit power plan" .



Press "Change advanced power settings"


Select "Hard Disk" > "AHCI Link Power Management - HIPM/DIPM" > "Setting" and select the option "Active".


Click apply and close control panel and power options.

If you have a Kingston, SanDisk, Samsung, WD Green/Blue/Black SSD or Crucial use the links below to download their SSD Dashboards.
Kingston:               https://www.kingston.com/en/support/technical/ssdmanager
SanDisk:                https://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/15108/~/sandisk-ssd-dashboard-support-information (Download option!)
Samsung:              https://www.samsung.com/semiconductor/minisite/ssd/download/tools/ (SAMSUNG MAGICIAN)
Western Digital:    https://support.wdc.com/downloads.aspx?p=279

Crucial:                  https://uk.crucial.com/gbr/en/support-storage-executive


Once you have installed the manager for your SSD(s), go to your SSD in the dashboard and check for firmware updates.

For example this is WD's dashboard


And Crucial's dashboard



Make sure to check SSD health, status etc... to make sure your SSD is healthy and not suffering any issues.

Once you have updated your firmware, you should be good to go!

If you still unfortunately have issues with freezing, I recommend you follow the steps below!

Well you have two options which aren't really what you want to do...

1. Re-install windows on your SSD (make sure to backup your data) and wipe the SSD partitions on install.
2. Contact your SSD manufacturer and see if they can help with the issue(s).

If you managed to fix it, congrats! Enjoy trucking.

Know any others with SSD issues? Link them here!

Edited by SgtBreadStick
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Great tutorial thank you for that. 


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I'm getting an error downloading the link from step two.?


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