Solid-State Drive are becoming very popular and prices started to drop fast. Now even manufactures started to release many of their laptops with SSD’s. SSD is much faster than HDD because SSD do not have any moving parts and are based usually on NAND-based flash memory. An SSD can access more data at the same time from different parts of the disk, and still the speed will be much faster comparative with and HDD. Main problem is that all SSDs have a limited number of writes before they are dead, some of them more some of them less. Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND memory can last up to 3,000 – 5,000 P/E cycles before the storage’s integrity starts to deteriorate, SSD’s based on Single-Level Cell (SLC) flash memory chip can withstand up to 100,000 P/E cycles. When deteriorating SSD have some unused cells for replacement, but anyway this is just a temporary solution to keep your SSD alive till you copy all your information and to replace it. So how can you extend life of your SSD, I will teach you how to do it.
Forget about Defragmentation
Defragmentation was a solution to make your HDD work a little faster, by arranging data in a order so the moving component read-write head from HDD could read it fast without doing too much work and would increase the speed. Now with SSD forget about defragmentation, because SSD do not have any fragmented files, there is no read-write head. SSD is a flash memory and can access data from anywhere instantly without spending too much time, so there is no need to defragment your SSD. Defragmenting your SSD will kill the SSD because moving data means less cycles will remain. Be sure that on your PC are no any scheduled Defragmentation processesth was irst and foremost, your days of worrying about fragmented files are over. Because there is no moving read-write head, and because of the nature of flash memory and controllers, fragmentation as you understand it does not exist with SSDs. In fact, defragging makes numerous small, unnecessary, device-killing writes to the SSD—reason enough to eliminate it from your routine. To turn off your disk defragmenter, uncheck the Run on a schedule box in the defragmenter program. If you have hard disks that would benefit from a good defragging, you can run the defragmenter on a schedule for those particular disks.
No More Paging
Windows Paging can is a way to keep your PC to run a little faster when there is less RAM memory. Page file means that when RAM memory is full, your PC starts to SWAP memory from RAM to your SSD or HDD to save RAM memory. Paging file is enabled as default and computer uses it day by day, and if you have an SSD it means that it writes and erases data from SSD which also will kill sooner or later the cells. To save your SSD life you will have to disable Page File, follow these steps:
1. Right click ‘My Computer’ and click ‘Properties’.
2. Click ‘Advanced System Settings’ tab.
3. Click Settings in the ‘Performance’ square.
4. Go to the Advanced tab.
5. Click Change in the ‘Virtual memory’ square
6. Click on your SSD drive, select ‘No paging file’ and click ‘Set’.
7. Click Ok to finish.
Disabling Page File for sure will save some cycles on your SSD.
Add More RAM
Some benchmark test has proved that adding more RAM makes your SSD work easier and faster, having more RAM, means that applications will have more RAM to use, not having RAM, even if you Page File is disabled, some applications will use the SSD, to continue working. So more RAM means less work for the SSD, if you have Windows 7 or Windows 8, it’s recommended to have more that 4Gb of RAM, as when you are running some heavy applications or games, 4Gb will be not enough to cover all necessary processes.
Do Not use Hibernation
Hibernation is a way to close fast your laptop, get it somewhere else, open it and start working from the point you were. But fasting up the processes means also less life for your SSD. When your Laptop is set to Hibernate, for example you work in a Word Document, have some Web Pages open, you close the lid of the laptop, open it later and you can continue working from the point you were, in the same Word Document and Web Pages. Hibernation means that your Laptop or PC will shut down, but before this, it will copy all data from RAM to your SSD, then when starting up it will copy back all data from SSD to RAM, meaning that it will use a lot of SSD resources.
To disable Hibernation, go to Command Prompt and type following command: powercfg /hibernate off
Disable Search Indexing
The search indexer will always work to index you files, this is an old method which is good for HDD, for SSD there is no need to use search indexer, Search indexer does not speedup you SSD at all, it just doing same work of indexing but on a computer with and SSD this job is useless. You can disable search indexer from services.
Follow these steps to Disable Search Indexing:
Click start or Windows + R buttons from keyboard and write ‘services.msc’ press enter. Now from the list find ‘Windows Search’ right-click on it to open the properties. Stop the service and set the ‘Startup type’ drop-down menu to Disabled. Now there search indexing will not do any useless job that kills your SSD.
Here are some tips if you are planning to use an SSD or already using SSD
- Remember SSD in compaction with HDD are life limited, we recomend to not the cheapest SSDs from some unknown manufactures, buy them from know manufactures, and more money means it will last longer.
- Buy the highest capacity SSD, higher capacity SSD means a better performance and also more space.
- Check if your Operating System can have TRIM support enabled, Trim support will improve your SSD performance, you can search for an alternative for TRIM support.
- Use your SSD to store data which will not be moved or deleted soon, like music, videos, even games. It will help you to get fast access to all files, and not moving or deleting them means saving your SSD.
SSDs are still pretty expensive, but they will give significant performance to your computer, do not be afraid, and SSD can last at least 2-4 years with continuous high usage, and in case if its starting to die you will get a warning. Replacing your HDD with an SSD is a good idea, now that you know how to take care of it go to the shop consultant and choose the SSD that fits in your computer or laptop and which you can afford it.