Will defragging improve my SSD drive’s performance?
Why Would you Defrag’ an SSD anyway?
You don’t necessarily have to be the one instigating a defragmentation of your SSD, as it could be part of your system’s own scheduled maintenance. It’s a particularly helpful process for Hard Disk Drives (HDDs), as over time, data becomes fragmented and worsens the performance of your CPU. This doesn’t apply to SSDs however, as they don’t work in the same way as HDDs, but it is nice to know that should it happen automatically or by accident, that no lasting damage will occur as a result.
Potential Damage from a Defrag’
The newly found robustness of modern SSDs means that a huge amount of writes and deletes are required to even come close to causing damage to the hardware. Your SSD would have to be processing a colossal amount of data for the unlikely occurrence of a catastrophic failure due to defragmentation to become a reality. Even if you run defrags in the normal way, your SSD hardware is still likely to outlast every other component of your laptop or desktop PC.
Maintaining Your SSD
Whilst defragging isn’t an appropriate method of maintenance for an SSD, there are steps you can take to ensure good performance. A good start would be to disable indexing, which is used by Windows Search to keep track of all of your files stored on your laptop or desktop PC. The write operations involved will slowly degrade the performance of your SSD and Windows Search will work just fine without it, so it’s best to turn it off. You could also enable your Trim report to further enhance its operation.
Solid State Drives truly do represent the future when it comes to how a computer uses non-volatile storage and there may come a point when they will replace them entirely. This is because of a number factors, not least of which is the fact that whilst RAM and CPUs are getting faster and better performing, the magnetic spinning disk method of data storage is beginning to fall behind, technologically speaking.