Saturday

Windows 10 SSD Optimization

I was fiddling around with my little Windows 10 computer, as I am wont to do of a weekend, and I noticed something odd. If you are a Windows user, you may be familiar with the process of defragmenting your disk drive - it's a process that rearranges data on your hard drive to make it more readily accessible.

Recent versions of Windows have automated the process and perform this behind the scenes. However, Solid State Disk drives (SSDs) are usually not to be defragmented, because they store and access data differently. Again, recent versions of Windows "know" this and do not automatically defragment these types of drives.

However, when I opened Windows Explorer and looked and the properties of my disk drives, I could see that my SSD drive was scheduled to be "optimized", along with with second (traditional) disk drive. I got a little concerned, thinking that perhaps Windows 10 had not correctly identified the SSD and was trying to defragment the disk.

A little digging indicated that the "optimization" process DOES indeed mean defragmentation when referring to a traditional disk drive, but actually means running the TRIM process when referring to an SSD drive.

Still with me?

TRIM is a function used in SSD drives to free up space and optimize the drive when files are deleted and moved around.  So, long story short, when Windows 10 refers to optimization on an SSD drive, it's okay to let it perform that, as it is actually running a feature that helps keep those types of drive in good shape. 

Windows 10 is smarter than I am.


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