No doubt your SSD’s are faster and more durable than traditional mechanical drives. In order to make the best use of these, you should understand what makes them different and how to take advantage of them.
In this article, we’ll learn what you shouldn’t be doing with SSD’s to maximize their performance.
- Don’t defrag your SSD
Defragmentation re-arranges blocks of files that are fragmented in a sequential order, so the drive head doesn’t have to move as much. Thus, improving speed and reducing overhead on the drive. This works in case of mechanical drives.
On the other hand, with SSD’s, there are no mechanical parts involved. The data can be read instantly from the blocks, no matter where it is placed, thus defragmentation is unnecessary.
Defragmentation on SSD’s can do more harm than good because there are a limited number of write cycles SSD’s can handle. And defragging process results in a large number of writes, thus exhausting the limited number you have.
- Don’t fill the drive completely
It’s natural to feel ‘Oh! I have paid a lot of money for my SSD, so I’ll use it completely’. However tempting it is to not waste space on your precious SSD, it is recommended that you fill only 75% of the drive.
To understand why to read on. A drive with free space has a number of empty blocks. So, when you write to it, it’s easy to fill them up. However, if the drive is full, it will have only filled blocks. So, it’s difficult to write to them and takes twice as long as it would if the drive were free, thus decreasing performance drastically.
- Don’t use Indexing
Coupled with the Search feature is an indexing operation that runs in the background. It basically keeps tracks of changes to files and folders. This feature updates itself regularly resulting in an increased number of write cycles.
So, it is a good idea to disable indexing to protect your SSD’s. Don’t worry, you can use Search the same way without index feature.
To disable Indexing, right click on the drive and click Properties. Click on the tab ‘General’ and uncheck ‘Allow files on the drive to have contents indexed’ and click Ok.
- Don’t use it to store unused files
SSD’s are meant for faster access of files and hence the premium price. So ideally, you should be storing your operating system files and programs etc. here in this drive. It is also great for storing your games. Basically, any files you need faster access to are stored here.
It is not a good idea to store less used or unused files. These could be your large collection of unused music or movie files. You would be wasting precious and expensive SSD space by doing so.
- Don’t use Windows Vista or XP
Commands such as TRIM are available in newer operating systems. How does TRIM work? When you delete a file, index of the file is removed and the OS sends a TRIM command to mark the space as available for new data. This improves the performance of SSD’s as the OS can write data in a more efficient manner.
But in Windows XP and Vista, TRIM is not available, making it unsuitable. Also, they are not optimized for use with SSD’s.
Conclusion: Now that you know what you can do to improve the performance of an SSD, it is important to understand that they are not exempt them from common issues that traditional drives experience. System crash, data loss etc. are some of the inevitable things all drives experience. In case of data loss, one can easily recover data from SSD after crash, format, deletion, and other data loss with the help of Remo Recover software. This software comes in both Windows and Mac edition that is compatible with the latest Windows 10, and macOS High Sierra.