Should You Defrag an SSD?

With a lot of more modern computers using SSD’s (Solid State Hard Drives), one question often asked is if you need to defragment an SSD. That’s a good question because up until now, pretty much everyone has heard of defragmenting a PC.

So why do we defragment a hard drive in the first place? Well, I won’t go into super detail here since you can read about it online, but basically, it’s because spinning hard drives taker longer to read data that is “fragmented” or stored in multiple locations on the hard disk. Since spinning hard drives read and write data sequentially, it will take longer for the hard drive to read a file if parts of the file are located on different parts of the disk as compared to being located all together in one unit/space.




How to turn off Defrag in Windows 10

  1. Click on the Start Menu
  2. Start typing Defrag and you’ll see an option come up called Defragment and Optimize Drives. Select that.
  3. Make sure the drive you want to turn off defrag/optimize is highlighted and then click on Change Settings.
  4. Uncheck the box that says Run on a schedule
  5. Click on OK and you’re done.

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