The enemy of the good: what not to do with SSD

It seems to be almost an ordinary hard drive, but not really. Here are a few actions, which should not be performed with solid-state drives.

Solid-state drives are very different in principle from classic hard drives. Because of their design features, there are several things, which are better not to do in order to, to extend the service life of the SSD. We will tell you about these things today and share our recommendations.

Defragmentation is the sworn enemy of SSD

We have already told you about that, how the hard drive works and what defragmentation is needed for. However, all this does not apply to solid-state drives, because they have a limited number of write cycles.

During disk space optimization, a huge number of overwriting cycles are performed when searching and moving parts of files. Thus, it harms SSD, because its resource is decreasing. Yes, and the solid state itself does not care, which block contains the information - it just refers to the right one at the moment. That is, it does not have a mechanical component in the form of a reading head, like a regular HDD.

If you still decide to do defragmentation, then you will not see any increase in speed indicators, and just use up the nth number of cycles. And even though modern operating systems have learned to recognize SSD among the components, optimization algorithms are still not known to us. Therefore, we recommend disabling the built-in utility that works by default. To do this, you will need to open the explorer, go to the properties of any local disk, go to the‘Service’ tab

In the window that opens, select the solid-state drive Change Parameters Uncheck the box with ‘Run on schedule’ Ok

Do not clog the SSD completely

Surely you have heard about, that hard drives require about 10% of free space for normal operation. The same goes for SSD, especially budget ones, only they need even more. If you use more than 75% of the total capacity, you can notice a reduction in speed indicators several times. For premium class models, such dancing with a tambourine is unnecessary, they are less demanding of free space.

It’s quite simple to explain this. SSD, as you have already understood, it consists of many blocks of information, which he addresses directly. If almost the entire place is occupied, then many blocks are partially filled. When recording new information, the old one is transferred from one block and placed in another, and the new one is accordingly written to the vacated block. Such operations require more time, than in the case of, when there is enough free space and the blocks are empty.

On some solid-state drives, you can even see the reserved space, which is recognized by the operating system, as an unmarked area. Usually programs from official manufacturers allow you to see this.

Do not store large files on the SSD

In comparison with HDD, solid-state drives are significantly more expensive for each gigabyte of space. Accordingly, it makes no sense to take an SSD for your movie collection, photos and games. So big, media files simply don’t need quick access.

And even in games, downloads will still happen a little faster, performance and cherished FPS frames will not add to you. It turns out, what is the most rational way to use an SSD for an operating system, even during the downtime of which, there is a huge number of small operations and file accesses. Because of, that SSD is much faster than its predecessor - the system performance increases significantly.

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