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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

Photo by Laineema.

The Simple Sidebar Desktop

The Simple Sidebar Desktop

This chill, cityside beach desktop was submitted to our desktop show and tell pool by reader Yuki, and even though it’s not elaborate, it still looks great. Here’s how you can set it up too.

Yuki is using Rainmeter on Windows to get this effect, so if you’re not familiar with it, you can check out our Rainmeter getting started guide here.

http://lifehacker.com/5828789/how-to…

From there, here are the components you’ll need to get the same look for your computer:

  • The wallpaper
  • The Rainmeter system tweaking and monitoring tool for Windows
  • The Enigma skin for Rainmeter for the calendar and left sidebar
  • The Gnometer skin for Rainmeter for the Gmail add-on
  • The Drizzle skin for Rainmeter for the time and date effects

That’s all there is to this one. Not a ton of moving parts, but a pretty solid effect, especially if you’re the type who misses the sidebar from earlier versions of Windows and want to get something like it back on your desktops. If you like the look of this, head to the Flickr link below and let Yuki know that you love the desktop—and that we sent you along!

Do you have a good-looking, functional desktop of your own to show off? Share it with us! Post it to your personal Kinja blog using the tag Desktop Showcase or add it to our Lifehacker Desktop Show and Tell Flickr pool. Screenshots must be at least at least 1280×720 and please include information about what you used, links to your wallpaper, skins, and themes, and any other relevant details. If your awesome desktop catches our eye, you might get featured!

Desktop with Rainmeter | Flickr

The Simple Sidebar Desktop

The Simple Sidebar Desktop

This chill, cityside beach desktop was submitted to our desktop show and tell pool by reader Yuki, and even though it’s not elaborate, it still looks great. Here’s how you can set it up too.

Yuki is using Rainmeter on Windows to get this effect, so if you’re not familiar with it, you can check out our Rainmeter getting started guide here.

http://lifehacker.com/5828789/how-to…

From there, here are the components you’ll need to get the same look for your computer:

  • The wallpaper
  • The Rainmeter system tweaking and monitoring tool for Windows
  • The Enigma skin for Rainmeter for the calendar and left sidebar
  • The Gnometer skin for Rainmeter for the Gmail add-on
  • The Drizzle skin for Rainmeter for the time and date effects

That’s all there is to this one. Not a ton of moving parts, but a pretty solid effect, especially if you’re the type who misses the sidebar from earlier versions of Windows and want to get something like it back on your desktops. If you like the look of this, head to the Flickr link below and let Yuki know that you love the desktop—and that we sent you along!

Do you have a good-looking, functional desktop of your own to show off? Share it with us! Post it to your personal Kinja blog using the tag Desktop Showcase or add it to our Lifehacker Desktop Show and Tell Flickr pool. Screenshots must be at least at least 1280×720 and please include information about what you used, links to your wallpaper, skins, and themes, and any other relevant details. If your awesome desktop catches our eye, you might get featured!

Desktop with Rainmeter | Flickr

The Simple Sidebar Desktop

The Simple Sidebar Desktop

This chill, cityside beach desktop was submitted to our desktop show and tell pool by reader Yuki, and even though it’s not elaborate, it still looks great. Here’s how you can set it up too.

Yuki is using Rainmeter on Windows to get this effect, so if you’re not familiar with it, you can check out our Rainmeter getting started guide here.

http://lifehacker.com/5828789/how-to…

From there, here are the components you’ll need to get the same look for your computer:

  • The wallpaper
  • The Rainmeter system tweaking and monitoring tool for Windows
  • The Enigma skin for Rainmeter for the calendar and left sidebar
  • The Gnometer skin for Rainmeter for the Gmail add-on
  • The Drizzle skin for Rainmeter for the time and date effects

That’s all there is to this one. Not a ton of moving parts, but a pretty solid effect, especially if you’re the type who misses the sidebar from earlier versions of Windows and want to get something like it back on your desktops. If you like the look of this, head to the Flickr link below and let Yuki know that you love the desktop—and that we sent you along!

Do you have a good-looking, functional desktop of your own to show off? Share it with us! Post it to your personal Kinja blog using the tag Desktop Showcase or add it to our Lifehacker Desktop Show and Tell Flickr pool. Screenshots must be at least at least 1280×720 and please include information about what you used, links to your wallpaper, skins, and themes, and any other relevant details. If your awesome desktop catches our eye, you might get featured!

Desktop with Rainmeter | Flickr

The Simple Sidebar Desktop

The Simple Sidebar Desktop

This chill, cityside beach desktop was submitted to our desktop show and tell pool by reader Yuki, and even though it’s not elaborate, it still looks great. Here’s how you can set it up too.

Yuki is using Rainmeter on Windows to get this effect, so if you’re not familiar with it, you can check out our Rainmeter getting started guide here.

http://lifehacker.com/5828789/how-to…

From there, here are the components you’ll need to get the same look for your computer:

  • The wallpaper
  • The Rainmeter system tweaking and monitoring tool for Windows
  • The Enigma skin for Rainmeter for the calendar and left sidebar
  • The Gnometer skin for Rainmeter for the Gmail add-on
  • The Drizzle skin for Rainmeter for the time and date effects

That’s all there is to this one. Not a ton of moving parts, but a pretty solid effect, especially if you’re the type who misses the sidebar from earlier versions of Windows and want to get something like it back on your desktops. If you like the look of this, head to the Flickr link below and let Yuki know that you love the desktop—and that we sent you along!

Do you have a good-looking, functional desktop of your own to show off? Share it with us! Post it to your personal Kinja blog using the tag Desktop Showcase or add it to our Lifehacker Desktop Show and Tell Flickr pool. Screenshots must be at least at least 1280×720 and please include information about what you used, links to your wallpaper, skins, and themes, and any other relevant details. If your awesome desktop catches our eye, you might get featured!

Desktop with Rainmeter | Flickr

The Simple Sidebar Desktop

The Simple Sidebar Desktop

This chill, cityside beach desktop was submitted to our desktop show and tell pool by reader Yuki, and even though it’s not elaborate, it still looks great. Here’s how you can set it up too.

Yuki is using Rainmeter on Windows to get this effect, so if you’re not familiar with it, you can check out our Rainmeter getting started guide here.

http://lifehacker.com/5828789/how-to…

From there, here are the components you’ll need to get the same look for your computer:

  • The wallpaper
  • The Rainmeter system tweaking and monitoring tool for Windows
  • The Enigma skin for Rainmeter for the calendar and left sidebar
  • The Gnometer skin for Rainmeter for the Gmail add-on
  • The Drizzle skin for Rainmeter for the time and date effects

That’s all there is to this one. Not a ton of moving parts, but a pretty solid effect, especially if you’re the type who misses the sidebar from earlier versions of Windows and want to get something like it back on your desktops. If you like the look of this, head to the Flickr link below and let Yuki know that you love the desktop—and that we sent you along!

Do you have a good-looking, functional desktop of your own to show off? Share it with us! Post it to your personal Kinja blog using the tag Desktop Showcase or add it to our Lifehacker Desktop Show and Tell Flickr pool. Screenshots must be at least at least 1280×720 and please include information about what you used, links to your wallpaper, skins, and themes, and any other relevant details. If your awesome desktop catches our eye, you might get featured!

Desktop with Rainmeter | Flickr

The Simple Sidebar Desktop

The Simple Sidebar Desktop

This chill, cityside beach desktop was submitted to our desktop show and tell pool by reader Yuki, and even though it’s not elaborate, it still looks great. Here’s how you can set it up too.

Yuki is using Rainmeter on Windows to get this effect, so if you’re not familiar with it, you can check out our Rainmeter getting started guide here.

http://lifehacker.com/5828789/how-to…

From there, here are the components you’ll need to get the same look for your computer:

  • The wallpaper
  • The Rainmeter system tweaking and monitoring tool for Windows
  • The Enigma skin for Rainmeter for the calendar and left sidebar
  • The Gnometer skin for Rainmeter for the Gmail add-on
  • The Drizzle skin for Rainmeter for the time and date effects

That’s all there is to this one. Not a ton of moving parts, but a pretty solid effect, especially if you’re the type who misses the sidebar from earlier versions of Windows and want to get something like it back on your desktops. If you like the look of this, head to the Flickr link below and let Yuki know that you love the desktop—and that we sent you along!

Do you have a good-looking, functional desktop of your own to show off? Share it with us! Post it to your personal Kinja blog using the tag Desktop Showcase or add it to our Lifehacker Desktop Show and Tell Flickr pool. Screenshots must be at least at least 1280×720 and please include information about what you used, links to your wallpaper, skins, and themes, and any other relevant details. If your awesome desktop catches our eye, you might get featured!

Desktop with Rainmeter | Flickr

The Simple Sidebar Desktop

The Simple Sidebar Desktop

This chill, cityside beach desktop was submitted to our desktop show and tell pool by reader Yuki, and even though it’s not elaborate, it still looks great. Here’s how you can set it up too.

Yuki is using Rainmeter on Windows to get this effect, so if you’re not familiar with it, you can check out our Rainmeter getting started guide here.

http://lifehacker.com/5828789/how-to…

From there, here are the components you’ll need to get the same look for your computer:

  • The wallpaper
  • The Rainmeter system tweaking and monitoring tool for Windows
  • The Enigma skin for Rainmeter for the calendar and left sidebar
  • The Gnometer skin for Rainmeter for the Gmail add-on
  • The Drizzle skin for Rainmeter for the time and date effects

That’s all there is to this one. Not a ton of moving parts, but a pretty solid effect, especially if you’re the type who misses the sidebar from earlier versions of Windows and want to get something like it back on your desktops. If you like the look of this, head to the Flickr link below and let Yuki know that you love the desktop—and that we sent you along!

Do you have a good-looking, functional desktop of your own to show off? Share it with us! Post it to your personal Kinja blog using the tag Desktop Showcase or add it to our Lifehacker Desktop Show and Tell Flickr pool. Screenshots must be at least at least 1280×720 and please include information about what you used, links to your wallpaper, skins, and themes, and any other relevant details. If your awesome desktop catches our eye, you might get featured!

Desktop with Rainmeter | Flickr

The Simple Sidebar Desktop

The Simple Sidebar Desktop

This chill, cityside beach desktop was submitted to our desktop show and tell pool by reader Yuki, and even though it’s not elaborate, it still looks great. Here’s how you can set it up too.

Yuki is using Rainmeter on Windows to get this effect, so if you’re not familiar with it, you can check out our Rainmeter getting started guide here.

http://lifehacker.com/5828789/how-to…

From there, here are the components you’ll need to get the same look for your computer:

  • The wallpaper
  • The Rainmeter system tweaking and monitoring tool for Windows
  • The Enigma skin for Rainmeter for the calendar and left sidebar
  • The Gnometer skin for Rainmeter for the Gmail add-on
  • The Drizzle skin for Rainmeter for the time and date effects

That’s all there is to this one. Not a ton of moving parts, but a pretty solid effect, especially if you’re the type who misses the sidebar from earlier versions of Windows and want to get something like it back on your desktops. If you like the look of this, head to the Flickr link below and let Yuki know that you love the desktop—and that we sent you along!

Do you have a good-looking, functional desktop of your own to show off? Share it with us! Post it to your personal Kinja blog using the tag Desktop Showcase or add it to our Lifehacker Desktop Show and Tell Flickr pool. Screenshots must be at least at least 1280×720 and please include information about what you used, links to your wallpaper, skins, and themes, and any other relevant details. If your awesome desktop catches our eye, you might get featured!

Desktop with Rainmeter | Flickr

The Simple Sidebar Desktop

The Simple Sidebar Desktop

This chill, cityside beach desktop was submitted to our desktop show and tell pool by reader Yuki, and even though it’s not elaborate, it still looks great. Here’s how you can set it up too.

Yuki is using Rainmeter on Windows to get this effect, so if you’re not familiar with it, you can check out our Rainmeter getting started guide here.

http://lifehacker.com/5828789/how-to…

From there, here are the components you’ll need to get the same look for your computer:

  • The wallpaper
  • The Rainmeter system tweaking and monitoring tool for Windows
  • The Enigma skin for Rainmeter for the calendar and left sidebar
  • The Gnometer skin for Rainmeter for the Gmail add-on
  • The Drizzle skin for Rainmeter for the time and date effects

That’s all there is to this one. Not a ton of moving parts, but a pretty solid effect, especially if you’re the type who misses the sidebar from earlier versions of Windows and want to get something like it back on your desktops. If you like the look of this, head to the Flickr link below and let Yuki know that you love the desktop—and that we sent you along!

Do you have a good-looking, functional desktop of your own to show off? Share it with us! Post it to your personal Kinja blog using the tag Desktop Showcase or add it to our Lifehacker Desktop Show and Tell Flickr pool. Screenshots must be at least at least 1280×720 and please include information about what you used, links to your wallpaper, skins, and themes, and any other relevant details. If your awesome desktop catches our eye, you might get featured!

Desktop with Rainmeter | Flickr