Solid state drives (SSDs) have become more and more standard in new laptops and desktops. When compared to hard disk drives, SSDs have much faster read/write speeds and a lot more durability. But…
SSDs use NAND flash memory as storage, and each time you write a file to an SSD, it’s lifespan is slightly shortened.
Having said that, most of the Solid State Drives on the market today should last for a relatively long time, but you should try to avoid unnecessary writes and certain tasks in order to increase your SSD lifespan.
Below are some tips on how to get the most out of your SSD:
You should avoid defragmenting your SSD. While running a defrag on a hard disk drive is a good thing, as it reorganises the files in order to maximise efficiency, running a defrag on an SSD will not improve performance, and causes a LOT of unnecessary writes to the disk.
SuperFetch is a service in Windows that is designed to speed up app launching, by preloading apps into memory, based on your system usage.
Again – this is great for a normal hard disk drive, but on SSD it is not needed, as the files technically are already loaded into memory. SuperFetch also creates a lot of writes to your disk, and will speed up SSD degradation.
To turn SuperFetch off:
- Go to a Command Prompt
- Type “services.msc” and hit enter
- Find SuperFetch in the list, and disable it.
Hibernation is disabled by default in Windows 8 and 10, but in Windows 7 and ealier, it is enabled by default.
Hibernation is different to sleep mode, which basically just saves energy. Hibernation writes the contents of your RAM to the hard drive, and then shuts down the hardware. This will create write activity to your SSD.
To make hibernation unavailable, follow these steps:
- Click Start, and then type cmd in the Start Search box.
- In the search results list, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as Administrator.
- When you are prompted by User Account Control, click Continue.
- At the command prompt, type powercfg.exe /hibernate off, and then press Enter.
- Type exit, and then press Enter to close the Command Prompt window.
Avoid running benchmarking on your SSD PC unneccesarily, as this create large volumes of read and write procedures on the drive.
Virtual Memory, also referred to as a page file (or swap file), is used by Windows to create a space on your hard drive that is used as ‘virtual RAM’. Files are copied from the RAM to the Page File in order to free up space in the RAM, and are kept in this dedicated space on the hard drive until you shut down, or call up the file again.
As you can imagine, this can create a lot of reads/writes to your SSD. Especially if you have less than 8GB RAM.
You can check/change your Page File under ADVANCED SYSTEM SETTINGS in Windows.