The SSD: To Defrag or Not To Defrag?
Overall, solid state drives are faster, quieter and they use less power than traditional hard disk drives since there are no electromechanical parts moving around, using up energy, and making noise. SSDs make memory-intensive activities, such as PC gaming, video editing and photo editing snappier than ever….that is, until free space becomes fragmented on the drive.
To Defrag or Not to Defrag an SSD
There has been a lot of discussion on whether one should or should not defrag an SSD and the consensus is in: Do not defrag your solid state drive. In fact, you can do more harm than good by performing a traditional defrag on an SSD:
- Unlike HDDs, any write operation to SSD storage requires not one step, but two: an erase followed by the actual write.
- SSD write performance degrades over time.
- Since there is no mechanical seek time on an SSD, traditional file-based defrag really doesn’t provide any performance benefit.
No defrag? Then what does this have to do with PerfectDisk? Read on…
See how SSD Optimize improves wear-leveling and results in more effective TRIM operations.
Improving SSD Performance Without Wearing It Out
The new requirement for managing SSDs is a disk optimizer that identifies which drive is which – SSD or HDD – and then performs the appropriate actions for each drive.
What can provide a performance benefit to SSDs is free space consolidation. High free space fragmentation is a strong indicator that many partially full “untrimmed” blocks exist. PerfectDisk’s SSD Optimize eliminates free space fragmentation on the SSD and consolidates partially full blocks of data.
SSD Optimize for SSD Storage
PerfectDisk performs intelligent analysis automatically and utilizes sophisticated free space placement algorithms to enable peak SSD performance:
- Consolidates free space on the drive without also performing a traditional defrag.
- Identifies where the largest section of free space is located and consolidates free space in that location – regardless of whether it is at the beginning, middle, or end of the disk.
PerfectDisk’s SSD Optimize is able to maintain SSD performance over the long term without causing additional wear on the disk.