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Windows Optimisation Is Damaging Your SSD

Trouble For Windows Users

Microsoft is rolling out of the newest major update for Windows, the “2004” build. Unfortunately we have seen some problems cropping up, but as with all major updates, there are teething problems that are only found once they are installed by the end user.

What Seems To Be The Problem?

One of the biggest problems with this update is that to do with Solid State Drives, Windows has built into its scheduler an optimisation program or “defrag” tool that is designed to run on a monthly basis automatically, to keep your drives in an optimised state. For an SSD the process Windows uses is called “Trimming” and is perfectly safe to do this. Unfortunately, Windows is registering that the drive needs to be optimised after every reboot or it will Trim the drive at random. But Excessive amounts of this can be very harmful to the SSD and reduce its lifespan.

What Should I Do?

Now we always recommend keeping your drives backed up on a regular basis, this will help to limit any kind of data loss in the event of a drive failure. Because once a drive fails it is very difficult to obtain information from that drive.

The best option, if it is available to you, is to roll back your windows installation to the 1909 build. This can be done from the Windows settings menu in the “updates and security” section, and then navigate to the recovery tab where you may be able to restore a previous version. Please note this is only available for 10 days after you update to the 2004 build.

Another option is to disable the automatic defrag of the drive, meaning that you have manual control over this and so your drive will not suffer as much wear and tear. You can access the derfrag tool by using the Windows search tool for “defrag” and this will bring up the optimisation app. Once you have this window open, click the “change settings” button, in this window untick the “Run on a schedule” option and click OK. Turning this option off will also stop your mechanical drives from being automatically optimised, however, in the settings menu you can choose specific drives to ignore.

Anything Else?

In conclusion we would recommend holding off until the full official release of the newest build and update. That way Microsoft has had time to iron out all of those issues. We cannot stress enough how important it is to keep all of your software up to date, but only when there are official stable releases of those updates.

Windows Optimisation Is Damaging Your SSD

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