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Solid State drives and Windows 8 auto-maintenance

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  • Started 1 year ago by Fhirkin9
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Fhirkin9
Fhirkin9
Posts: 179

It is my understanding that SSDs should not be defragmented, and Windows 8 (Release Preview) by default wants to "maintain" the drive and auto-defrag it on a schedule. I disabled this feature for now. Am I just being paranoid, or is it true that a SSD should never be defragged?

Posted 1 year ago
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Xhi
Xhi
Posts: 6298

First of all there is no need to defragment an SSD. All parts of the drive are equally accessible unlike mechanical drives.

Second, the major wear factor on SSDs is the number of writes to it.

So turn off any automatic defragmentation on the SSD.

Posted 1 year ago
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vistamike
vistamike
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SSD do not require defragging in fact could cause quite a few problems if you did.
The access time is almost instant, no spin up so leaves the drive to do its own thing

Like Win 7, 8 will autodefrag in the background and needs no further user control.

Mike

Posted 1 year ago
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ispalten
ispalten
Posts: 6259

W7 will NOT try to defrag an SSD, and I'd assume W8 is the same. It is done via a SCHEDULED TASK, so check that task, you'll probably see the drive letters that on an SSD will not be on the schedule.

Irv S.

Posted 1 year ago
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whs
whs
Posts: 17584

You did the right thing. Absolutely no need to strain a SSD with a defrag operstion.

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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Concerning Windows 7 and NOT Windows 8.

There are many of the Scheduled Tasks which are obsolete and not needed any longer as Win7 has been RTM so long.

A lot of them just gathered and sent information back to MS during the testing phase of Win7.

Guess I should make a list and post it.

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Fhirkin9
Fhirkin9
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It is weird, I disabled it 2 weeks ago, so before that it was automatically defragging the drives! If you right click on an SSD in explorer and hit tools, then go to optimization, all drives are listed, and next to my primary SSD it says last optimized 13 days ago. So it appears as if, at least in Win8 RP, you need to manually disable auto-optimize in whatever way you can. I would think there would be a way for MS to detect and disable such behavior for SSDs. Trying to plod through the Scheduled Tasks section was a mess.

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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