Having a solid-state drive (SSD) in your computer can be a blessing. A lot more speed than what we get with a conventional hard drive. It may seem silly but you only have to compare how long it takes for the same equipment to load with one or the other.
We’ve told you about them and how we can use them in our computer. Today we want to go a little further and tell you about how to keep it for a long time. They require a little more care, yes, but it’s worth it.
Solid-state vs Hard Disk Drive
Before our advice, let’s do a brief summary about what a solid-state drive offers. Unlike a hard drive, it doesn’t have a head-positioning system that reads different parts of a sector. Its operation is more resembled to that of a pen drive memory. It’s just that: the memory.
This makes the writing and reading speed (how it moves data in our computer) faster. If your computer with a hard drive can take up to a minute to load, with a SSD we’ll only need a few seconds.
The only defect as of today is the elevated price and how common it is to find disks with less capacity. Having done this small presentation, let’s proceed with a number of tips to keep our SSD in shape. Take note.
Store the necessary in the SSD
As we’ve said before, a SSD has little capacity and therefore we cannot store a lot of data. Hence, let’s store only the most important and leave other type of documents in external hard drives, pendrives or in any other units we have mounted into a computer. Having a SSD and Hard Drive combo is perfect.
What do we put in a SSD, then? The first and fundamental is the operative system. With this we’ll gain more speed and plus it doesn’t take up too much space. Next, let’s give priority to the applications we use the most and are more demanding when using our computer.
I.e, office suites, design applications, etc. We don’t have to store the documents we work on, but by storing the applications themselves, we’ll gain a lot of speed in a simple way.
Always leave free space
A SDD never functions well when it’s at the top of its capacity. These units need to have free space since it allows to them to work faster. Blocks without information move faster than those who are occupied. The ideal figure is that it reaches, as a maximum, 75% of its capacity.
There’s a writing limit, that’s okay
One of the things you hear the most about SDD disks is that they have a limit of times in which you can write information. This means, if we endeavor ourselves to copy, paste and move data, there’d be a moment where it would stop working properly. Technically that’s true but there’s no need to worry.
The limit of times a SDD can write is so high that we’ll never reach it in its useful life. With daily use it’s impossible and unless we do performance tests, we’ll never have a problem. The unity will hold the rest of the equipment’s useful life without major problems.
Don’t defragment the SDD
When a hard drive isn’t working what we usually do is defragment it to re-order the space and group occupied portions separated from free portions. It’s very useful, but never do it with a SDD. It’ll make it perform worse.
It’s not necessary that you defragment a SDD disk since its data is ordered automatically without affecting performance. Re-ordering everything will just make it work improperly. Be very careful with that.
One of the options we have to activate yes or yes in our SDD, if we work with Windows, is TRIM. This mode will make the operative system select better the blocks that are occupied or free. This way, it won’t do as much reading or writing.
Activating it is very simple. First we have to open a command prompt (cmd.exe if you open it from the Start Menu search box) and press the keys Control+Shift+Enter. Next, type fsutil behavior query disabledeletenotify. If DisableDeleteNotify = 0 appears, it means we’ve successfully activated it.
Last but not least, it is suitable that we deactivate the hibernate option in our operating system. Since we have said, an SSD disc is capable of writing a certain number of times and though in this way, it only does few of them, we are spoiling the disc little by little.
Unless you use that mode very much and you really need it, it is not worth activating it if we have a SSD. Said this, if still you do not have this kind of disc, we recommend you a few models, so you can choose the one that more is convenient for you.