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Windows 7: Care and Maintenance of SSD's

10 Feb 2014   #1
denwilliam

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 
Care and Maintenance of SSD's

I think it is common knowledge that a ssd should not be defragmented but what about diskclean?,should that be avoided too and if so how do you remove what diskclean removes?.


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10 Feb 2014   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I use Windows 7 built in Disk Cleanup all the time on my SSD's. Doesn't seem to be a problem. It doesn't spend a lot of time doing Cleanup like it would doing a defrag. To me that means it's not working the SSD very hard like a defrag would.
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10 Feb 2014   #3
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

any reading or writing to an SSD will shorten its life. thats a fact. just treat it like a normal hard drive.. when it fails it will fail. if youve backed everything up regularly it should just be the convenience of the cost of a new one.

its recommended to replace a hard drive every 3-5 years as is. unless your writing 20gb+ daily then it will easily surpass that time scale.
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10 Feb 2014   #4
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

I also use Windows Disc Cleanup on a regular basis on my SSD.
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10 Feb 2014   #5
denwilliam

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

When I posed the question to Crucial,who's M4 and M500 I use,they told me not to diskclean but to place the computer in Bios mode and leave it resting there for 6/8 hours,which is supposed to rejuvenate the ssd.What I want to know is if you follow that procedure then what happens to all the obsolete material you want to be rid of?.
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10 Feb 2014   #6
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

theres a simpler way. format regularly =) no build up of guff and keeps the system speedy(er)
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10 Feb 2014   #7
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by badger906 View Post
theres a simpler way. format regularly =) no build up of guff and keeps the system speedy(er)
That's almost as bad as defragging a SSD. It will introduce way too many unnecessary writes which will shorten SSD life.
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10 Feb 2014   #8
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by badger906 View Post
any reading or writing to an SSD will shorten its life. thats a fact. just treat it like a normal hard drive.. when it fails it will fail. if youve backed everything up regularly it should just be the convenience of the cost of a new one...
While writing to an SSD will reduce its life, reading will not! If defragging is included in treating a SSD as a HDD, then one definitely does not want to do so.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by badger906 View Post
...its recommended to replace a hard drive every 3-5 years as is. unless your writing 20gb+ daily then it will easily surpass that time scale.
What on earth for? Many HDDs live well past 3-5 years—I had a Maxtor last seven years and replaced it only because it was too small and was outdated technology—and just about as many fail well before that. Unless one needs more speed (which most people do not), or feels the need for more speed (which is what many people really feel), or needs more capacity, as long as one backs up everything regularly as you recommended earlier, there is no point in replacing a perfectly good HDD on a schedule. If one absolutely needs continuous operation without interruptions due to HDD failure, then a RAID with hot spares needs to be employed. Most people (other than ones running a business) just don't need that kind of reliability.
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10 Feb 2014   #9
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

thats the recommended thing to to. it stops the "help broken hard drive/lost all my stuff" culture we see to often on the forums.

I have drives that are 10yrs old going fine. but if its an import drive that contains important data 3-5years is recommended. its also recommended to upgrade a decent rig every 3 years so it goes hand in hand.
those drives then get shoved in my server as back ups of backs ups of backups (you get the point).

Ive had SSD's from basically day 1. when a 30-60gb varient would cost £££/$$$ and basically your only size options. I have treated them all exactly like I would a mechanical and all are going fine. I format every 6 months give or take to clear out the mothballs and regularly back up my drives. So they get a lot of read and write cycles. None dead yet (touches wood).

the way I view it if you get something new that costs more that you have to pander and pussy foot around then all speed gains are diminished by worrying that it will break if you sneeze near it!
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10 Feb 2014   #10
denwilliam

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

Phew!!!,never expected the response that has spewed forth but afraid non of the above answers the question I put.As for doing a format every time I want to clear a few files strikes me as being on a par with throwing the baby out with the bathwater,but no thanks.
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