Mistakes that damage SSDs

By Laura

It cannot be denied that a SSD (solid state drive) provides a clear performance for your computer because its speed to read/write is 6-7 times faster than traditional hard drives, making all manipulations such as opening computer, running software, ect much faster. However, have you already known how to use SSD properly?

The difference in structure between SSDs and traditional HDDs is that SSD drive has no plates and it does not spin and cause any noise. Therefore, the principle of operation of SSD is also different from HDD. If you do not know the principle of its operation, you might ruin your SSD accidentally. The following article will show you some mistakes that ruin your SSD.

Mistakes that damage SSDs

1. Record and delete Data on SSDs frequently

Each SSD has a certain number of read/write times, if this number surpasses, the performance of SSDs will reduce. Regularly, the times of deleting of the current SSDs is 5000 times. Therefore, you should advoid copying or deleting data on SSDs. Typically, people usually use 1 SSD with 1 HDD, in which SSD is used to install Windows drive, and the HDD contains other data

2. Defragment (Defrag) SSD

One difference between SSD and HDD is that it does not need to defrag. For HDD, some people usually defragment their hard drive to make it more compact, however, SSDs are not the same. Because defragmentation will reduce the number of read/write time of SSDs, thereby, it will reduce SSD’s life expectancy. Furthermore, because SSD does not use disk blade, the period to locate and read data is very small, so defragmentation does not increase performance.

3. Let SSDs full all the time

When the free capacity is small, SSD will have to write data temporarily to cache memory and arrange data later, this process is time-consuming, therefore, it will reduce performance of SSDs.

4. Not use TRIM

After using SSD for a long time, its performance will drop since NAND flash memory cannot overwrite data. That means if you want to write data to a certain area, the chip controller have to delete data on that area before writing new data.

TRIM command is a command to view such data that is useless and able to be deleted, thus the performance of SSDs will be increase. Note that the TRIM command only supports for Windows 7/8, it does not support for Windows XP. Therefore, you should not use Windows XP and Windows Vista on SSD.

We have listed for you some mistakes that may damage the SSD. Some habit that we usually apply on HDD should not be applied on SSDs, since it can ruin your SSD. Hopefully, these little tricks will help you while using SSDs.


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