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In this article, we will see how Windows 8/10 handles defragmentation on solid state hard disks. A solid-state drive or SSD is a relatively new type of drive that consists of a series of flash memory modules similar to a flash drive. This means that when data is written to the SSD, it cannot be overwritten and must be written elsewhere until the block can be collected – i.e. it can be written at byte level but must be deleted at block level. They are available in different versions, for example as pure or hybrid flash drives, which combine traditional hard drives with solid-state storage and offer several advantages over hard drives and their popularity continues to grow.
Defragmentation and SSD
In Windows 7 Microsoft had disabled defragmentation for solid state disks. However, in Windows 8/10, as the defragmentation tool has been replaced by a general disk optimizer, it is also enabled by default for SSD disks. In this scenario, when an SSD is present, the enhanced disk optimization tool ‘TRIM‘ sends indices for the entire volume. Traditional defragmentation is not performed on hard disks running Windows 10/8.
You can learn more about this topic and our post entitled – Do you need to defragment the DSS?
Disable SSD defragmentation
You really don’t need to disable defragmentation for solid state drives under Windows 8/10. However, if you want to disable Windows defragmentation for Solid State Drive, you can do so as follows:
Open Windows Explorer and right-click the hard disk. Select Properties and click the Tools tab.
Click here under Optimize and defragment the drive on the Optimize button. The Optimize drives field opens. Click on the field Change settings.
Clear the Run by program check box and click OK.
Defragmentation is disabled on your Windows computer.
Tomorrow we will see how Windows Prefetch and SuperFetch are handled on Solid State Drives.