Windows 10: Optimizing SSDs is bad? Solved

  1.    17 May 2016 #1

    Optimizing SSDs is bad?


    I've been in the habit of going into the "defragment and optimize drives" menu and noticing that it will say something like "20 days since last run" even though it's scheduled for weekly.. Not sure why.. so I always click "optimize" and do it manually for both "Windows (C: )" and "Recovery Image" (both are SSD). The other two things in the list say "never run" and "needs optimization" but nothing happens when I click optimize. Anyway, I just came upon a blog post that says you're not supposed to optimize SSDs and this shortens their lifespan. So is what I've been doing bad? Should I stop doing this?
    Last edited by Abc123; 17 May 2016 at 07:14.
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  2.    17 May 2016 #2

    Yes.. you don't need to optimize or defrag an SSD. The extra writes that are performed can shorten the life of the SSD.

    One link to check out:
    defragment - Is it bad to defrag a ssd? Or just pointless? - Super User
    Fragging wonderful: The truth about defragging your SSD | PCWorld
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  3.    17 May 2016 #3

    How much damage have I done? I've probably done this 50 times over the course of the 1 year I've had the laptop.
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  4.    17 May 2016 #4

    Abc123 said: View Post
    How much damage have I done? I've probably done this 50 times over the course of the 1 year I've had the laptop.
    You should be fine. I would not do it again.

    Jeff
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  5.    17 May 2016 #5

    BunnyJ said: View Post
    You should be fine. I would not do it again.

    Jeff
    Thanks. I'm wondering why it even allows you to do this, then? Particularly without a warning message or anything
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  6.    17 May 2016 #6

    Also, why is it an automatically scheduled task? This seems ridiculous. Should I turn that off?
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  7.    17 May 2016 #7

    Abc123 said: View Post
    Also, why is it an automatically scheduled task? This seems ridiculous. Should I turn that off?

    if both your drives are SSD's then the optimize Windows is doing is nothing but using the TRIM Command which does NOT Harm your SSD at all, and IS normal. :)
    Windows 10 does recognize the difference between a Spinner drive and an SSD drive.
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  •    17 May 2016 #8

    OldMike65 said: View Post
    if both your drives are SSD's then the optimize Windows is doing is nothing but using the TRIM Command which does NOT Harm your SSD at all, and IS normal. :)
    Windows 10 does recognize the difference between a Spinner drive and an SSD drive.
    Excellent news...thanks
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  •    17 May 2016 #9

    Abc123 said: View Post
    Excellent news...thanks
    No problem , I also have two SSD's and 1 spinner drive on my Windows 10 Pro. :)
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