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Yes, in the previous article, I have shared with you a lot of details about the structure, the principle of operation, and the current types of SSD hard drives.
If you are looking to learn about SSDs, please read some of the previous articles again, I will leave the link below to save you the effort of finding again:
Ok, go to main content in today’s post. Many of you have asked me How to use SSD hard drive properly? and how long does SSD last?
And to answer this question, I think it is better to write a tutorial instead of having to answer it for you individually. Because I think SSD hard drives are now widely used, simply because the price is much cheaper than before.
And by the way, I also have sincere advice for those who have not used an SSD, you should upgrade now and you will never regret it.
If not, you can buy a 120 GB SSD hard drive (price range 600 – 800 VND) to do the operating system. That’s for mid-range hard drives, while branded hard drives like Intel are still quite expensive.
Well, coming back to the question of how to use an SSD properly, you first need to understand how an SSD works first.
I. How does an SSD hard drive work?
// I will explain briefly and easily to understand as possible. If you want to learn more in depth, look for information online.
The key components of an SSD are the NAND Flash chips. And the lifespan of the SSD hard drive will depend a lot on these memory chips. Your data is stored in data cells that are superimposed through layers of insulation.
When you use the hard drive, the Read / Write cycle occurs. More or less depends on your work, if you regularly copy, modify, and delete data, the read and write process will be more.
In the process of reading / writing data, this data will have to pass through the insulation, at which time the electrical charge will be gradually decomposed the insulation. And after a certain amount of cycles the mask will be lost and it’s time to think about buying a new hard drive instead 😀
For more information, please review the article on SSDs!
II. How to use SSD for the longest time?
Note: Here are some things you should keep in mind when using an SSD. Perhaps there is still a shortcoming so hopefully, if you know any other methods, please leave a comment below this article.
#first. Do not use older operating systems
Should use Windows 10 on the SSD hard drive because this operating system is very well optimized. Do not use the SSD hard drive to install old operating systems such as Windows XP or Windows Vista.
#2. Do not defragment SSD hard drives
You should not use hard drive defragmentation software or tools available on Windows.
By default, the hard drive defragmentation tool will automatically be activated after you finish installing Windows. Therefore, if you are using an SSD, please turn off this feature immediately.
+ Step 1: You press the key combination
Windows + E to enter
This PC fast. Then right-click on any hard drive partition => and select
+ Step 2: Switch to tab
Tools => and select
Optimize as shown below.
+ Step 3: Click on your SSD hard drive => select
+ Step 4: Then uncheck the line
Run on a schedule go => and press
OK to save.
# 3. Turn off the Index feature on Windows
This is the file / folder indexing feature, making it easy to keep track of all your files and folders through the Search tool on Windows.
However, this feature works continuously, making the reading and writing of your data happen more often. So if you use an SSD, you should also disable this feature.
Right-click the hard drive partition using the SSD drive on the computer => and select
Properties => then remove the check mark in the line:
Allow files on this drive to have contents indexed in addition to file properties
=> And press
Apply => select
OK to apply.
# 4. Disable System Protection feature on Windows operating system
Feature System Protection helps Windows operating system to automatically save a copy so that in case the computer fails, you can use that backup to restore Windows.
However, not everyone needs this feature, let’s turn it off to reduce the number of read / write times for the SSD.
How to turn off System Protection, I have very detailed instructions for you in this article already. You see in item 7 of the article offline.
# 5. Activate the TRIM command on Windows
Note: The TRIM command is only available from Windows 7 onwards.
After a period of using the SSD hard drive, you will see the speed of the SSD hard drive slow down and process longer. The reason is that the NAND Flash chip cannot overwrite the data.
That is, when you want to write data to a data cell on the SSD, the controller chip will have to delete the data in that cell first. The TRIM command will actively inform the SSD of which blocks of data are no longer in use and can be deleted from within.
In short, the Trim command is extremely important for SSDs, helping to optimize SSDs by deleting data cells and replacing them with new ones.
And by default, when installing the Windows operating system, the TRIM command is automatically activated, but for some reason your TRIM command is disabled, re-enable it.
+ Step 1: Open a CMD as administrator.
+ Step 2: Use the following command to check if the TRIM command is activated (copy the command below => and
nhấn chuột phải 1 lần and the CMD window to perform paste):
fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify
=> If return is
0 then that means the TRIM command is activated, and the result is
1 then that means it’s turned off.
+ Step 3: You can use the command below to re-enable the TRIM command
fsutil behavior set DisableDeleteNotify 0
Or Use the following command to disable the TRIM command:
fsutil behavior set DisableDeleteNotify 1
# 6. Using SSD software to optimize the hard drive
Unlike other optimization software, the software I introduce only suggests settings to limit unnecessary read / write status of the hard drive.
This will help your SSD hard drive live a lot longer. You can refer to my extremely detailed article here: SSD FRESH: The software to optimize the SSD hard drive extremely well with 1 click
# 7. Some other note when using an SSD
- Limit writing / deleting data too many times.
- Do not let the computer’s temperature rise too high, if you find your computer is hotter than usual, you should take the machine to the toilet (if the warranty is expired).
- Don’t let your SSD hard drive get too full. You should only use 70 – 80% of the capacity of the SSD hard drive.
- Enable the use of AHCI mode in the BIOS to ensure the operating system will support all SSD hard drive features.
- Do not use Torrent’s P2P peer-to-peer method => because it will make the read / write process much more frequent.
- In order to avoid heavy writing on SSDs, you should reset the file saving folder after downloading in your web browser. Usually, what you download will be saved in the Windows Download folder, but for now, you should set up the storage folder in a certain HDD partition to avoid writing too much. You can refer to the article: How to change the default file saving directory on browsers
- Are not set more virtual ram for the computer using the SSD hard drive.
Yes, above are these experience when using the SSD hard drive But I know, in addition to the ways that I shared above, if you have any other good methods, do not forget to share them so that we can learn together, as well as exchange more.
Hope this article is useful to you, wish you success!
Kien Nguyen – techtipsnreview
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