Blog
home
  • Register

Data Net Blog

You Shouldn’t Defragment Solid State Drives

You Shouldn’t Defragment Solid State Drives

Running a disk defrag has long been used as a quick fix to slow computer issues, but modern computers have afforded better practices that are less harmful to the device. We’ll explain what the issue is and why you want to avoid defragging your disk.

What is Disk Defragment?
For a long time, disk defragment was used as a way to get just a little bit more performance out of a slow computer--generally if the device hadn’t seen much maintenance elsewhere. Disk defragment is basically organizing the hard drive at the physical level. It’s like a card catalog system at a library, making it easier to find a certain book… assuming the card catalog is in the right order.

Since your hard drive is writing and deleting data, it doesn’t store things in a sequential order. This means that a single file might exist in several locations across the physical platter of the hard drive. Hard drives spin so fast that they mask this fact, but over time it might take your computer longer to boot up, open applications, load files, or perform day-to-day tasks.

Why You Shouldn’t Do It
Traditional mechanical hard drives (Hard Disk Drives, or HDDs) weren’t generally harmed by defragging. This is due to the fact that they are sensitive pieces of equipment with lots of moving parts, so they are generally built to sustain heavier damage from the writing, erasing, and moving of data. Even though these delicate metal platters are spinning at speeds of up to 72,000 RPM, they are quite resilient to damage.

HDDs will certainly wear out over time, but other mechanical failures are likely to happen before it’s incapable of overwriting data. We recommend that you determine defragging options based on how heavily they are used. Windows 7, 8, and 10 all have the ability to regularly defrag hard drives, and this is usually enough to keep it working well; the real issue with defragment on today’s machines is that they often utilize Solid State Drives, or SSDs, rather than the traditional HDD.

Why Can’t You Defrag an SSD?
Unlike the traditional HDD, an SSD doesn’t have any mechanical parts in it. The data is stored electronically, meaning that it’s accessed much faster than your traditional mechanical drives. SSDs used to be inaccessible to many organizations due to their price point, but nowadays they are much more affordable, making devices more cost-efficient and less prone to hardware failure. Due to these reasons, SSDs are quite popular in laptops and ultrabooks.

The downside is that the cells of an SSD deteriorate after a few thousand cycles, meaning that over the course of decades or centuries, the cells will begin to wear out. This generally isn’t a big deal for consumers, though. We assume that your average user probably isn’t flushing the entire hard drive every few days to remove data and fill it back up again. The average lifespan of an SSD assumes that you’re accessing files normally, using applications, and creating, downloading, and deleting files of various sizes.

Disk Defrag can read all of the data on a drive and rewrite it the way that it needs to be organized. The process is generally too aggressive for everyday use, and it can reduce the lifespan of your SSD each time it’s done.

How Can You Tell if You Have an SSD?
Modern laptops that have been sold over the past three or four years often come with an SSD, but this isn’t necessarily a hard rule. If your machine is relatively new, there’s a good chance that it has an SSD. Otherwise, it depends on your PC’s configuration and data storage requirements whether or not your desktop will have one. Some PCs will come with an SSD, but others might not due to manufacturers cutting costs by installing HDDs instead. A high-capacity HDD will go for much, much less than an SSD, though the price disparity has dropped significantly in recent years.

To check in Windows 10, you can actually go into the Disk Defragmenter tool to see what type of drives you have.

  1. Click the Start Menu and type Defrag and select Defragment and Optimize Drives.
  2. When the window pops up, you’ll see all of the drives on your computer.
  3. Under the Media type column, the drive will either be displayed as a Solid-State drive or a Hard disk drive.

For more great tips and tricks, be sure to subscribe to Data Net’s blog.

How Blockchain Will Soon Help All Companies
Tip of the Week: Properly Cleaning a Laptop
 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Captcha Image

Tag Cloud

Tip of the Week Security Best Practices Technology Business Computing Productivity Network Security Malware Privacy User Tips Microsoft Communication Google Data Internet Tech Term Smartphones Efficiency Mobile Device Hardware Hackers Software Communications Windows 10 Android Cloud Ransomware Computer Innovation Email Cybersecurity IT Support Browser Users Mobile Devices Small Business Managed IT Services Business Management Network Business VoIp Passwords Wi-Fi Social Media Workplace Tips Applications Smartphone Hosted Solutions Collaboration Cloud Computing IT Services Outsourced IT Microsoft Office Data recovery Internet of Things Managed IT services Backup Employer-Employee Relationship Data Backup Apps Bandwidth Wireless Information Holiday Chrome Gadgets Networking Word Miscellaneous Save Money Patch Management Gmail Saving Money Laptop Marketing Upgrade Access Control Value Blockchain Government Remote Computing Business Intelligence Mobility Wireless Charging Medical IT Tech Terms Cost Management Managed IT Service Computers Facebook Office Virtual Assistant Virtualization Automation Connectivity Managed Service Office 365 Company Culture Data Protection Artificial Intelligence Virus How To Password Voice over Internet Protocol Compliance Telephony Physical Security Phishing Paperless Office G Suite VPN Healthcare Net Neutrality BDR Processor Excel Cortana Data Management Data Breach Remote Monitoring and Management Router RAM Data Security Scam Amazon Human Resources Trends Error Display Apple Congratulations Safety Taskbar eCommerce Hybrid Cloud Outlook Cryptocurrency Processors Travel Data loss Printing Hard Disk Drive Botnet Microsoft Teams Personal Information Employee-Employer Relationship Law Enforcement Telecommuting Big Data Technology Tips A.I. Training Benchmarks iPhone Database WhatsApp Edge SaaS Help Desk National Security Sales Online Shopping Website Network Attached Storage Environment Cables Profitability Windows 7 User Tip Spyware Education HP Spam Paper Video Remote Monitoring IT budget Twitter E-Commerce Content Filtering Electronic Health Records News Movies Touchscreen Security Cameras Server Licensing Cybercrime Dongle GDPR Business Continuity Windows Tablet Settings e-waste Eliminating Downtime Time Management Live Streaming Document Management Antivirus Ink Customer Service User Security Retail Inventory Managing Stress Payment WannaCry Machine Learning Tactics Maintenance Plug-In Health Workers Telephone System Backup and Disaster Recovery Microsoft Office 365 Wearables Comparison Tech Support Tip of the week Streaming Media Storage Updates disposal BYOD Chrome OS Staff PowerPoint OneNote Business Technology Voice over IP Remote Support IT Management Mobile Security Troubleshooting instant Messaging HIPAA Internet Explorer Proactive IT Employees File Sharing Millennials Cleaning Hard Drives Unified Communications Authentication Specifications Alert Vulnerability Analytics Downloads Dark Web Certification Knowledge Battery Server Management Wireless Internet Digital Websites Sports Reporting Windows Server 2008 R2 Operating System Bring Your Own Device Update Vulnerabilities Hard Drive Telecommute Threat Solid State Drive SSD Authorization Conferencing Lead Generation Analysis Quick Tips Disaster Recovery Printers WiFi Regulation Thank You

Latest News & Events

Please join us in congratulating Bill Vann on his promotion to Customer Success Manager....

Contact Us

Learn more about what Data Net can do for your business.

Call Us Today
Call us today
(760) 466-1200

5795 Kearny Villa Road
San Diego, California 92123