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You Probably Don’t Need to Optimize Your SSD Anymore

You Probably Don't Need to Optimize Your SSD Anymore

When solid state drives were first becoming commonplace, most sites (our own included) suggested ways to optimize your SSD. With the exception of very rare cases, this just isn’t necessary anymore.

As tips site How-To Geek points out, most SSD optimizations involve reducing the number of writes you make to your drive. SSDs have a limited number of writes, so the more you use it, the more likely it is to fail. However, most modern SSDs have such a high write capacity that you’ll likely never reach that point before you need an upgrade anyway. As Tech Report puts it after an 18 month long stress test:

Over the past 18 months, we’ve watched modern SSDs easily write far more data than most consumers will ever need. Errors didn’t strike the Samsung 840 Series until after 300TB of writes, and it took over 700TB to induce the first failures. The fact that the 840 Pro exceeded 2.4PB is nothing short of amazing, even if that achievement is also kind of academic.

The one optimization that truly matters, enabling TRIM, is automatically handled by most modern versions of Windows, as well. If you’re running Windows 7 and up, the OS should automatically detect your SSD and enable TRIM. If you want to be absolutely sure, you can check out our guide here. However, it’s very unlikely that this won’t be enabled. If you’re using an SSD on anything older than Windows 7, TRIM isn’t supported and you should probably upgrade anyway. In short, most of the downsides to using an SSD aren’t as bad as they used to be and you don’t really need to stress if you never “optimized” your drive. It’s already pretty optimal. Check out more info at How-To Geek’s post below.

Don’t Waste Time Optimizing Your SSD, Windows Knows What Its Doing | How-To Geek

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Opt For the Larger SSD Capacity to Also Get a Speed Boost

Opt For the Larger SSD Capacity to Also Get a Speed Boost

If you’re weighing your option between SSDs and you can’t quite justify buying the bigger version, this might tip you over the edge: Generally, larger SSDs are also faster.

As the How-To Geek explains, SSDs function using NAND chips, not the spinning platters of HDDs. In order to add more capacity to an SSD, manufacturers have to add more chips. When they do this, they usually arrange those chips so they can be used in parallel. In other words, a larger SSD can write to, say, eight NAND chips at once instead of the four that a smaller SSD would do.

This gives a speed advantage to larger capacity SSDs in terms of data throughput. While your mileage will obviously vary based on how a manufacturer built the SSD and how big of a capacity difference you’re looking at, in general the smaller an SSD, the slower you can expect it to be. Though it will still be faster than most regular hard drives.

Why Are Smaller SSDs Slower? | How-To Geek

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