Extend SSD Life

10 Windows Tips on How to Extend SSD Life

The prices of solid state drives has reduced in the recent past which should be great news for PC users. However, there is a problem since windows has not been fully optimized to get the best possible results from SSDs. The longevity of this storage device is also in doubt.
This in no way mean you don’t have to use this storage device because the benefits outweigh the downsides. The negatives of the storage device can be easily done off with by using some tips and tweaks. This will make the storage device your new favorite. The tips are easy to understand and apply.

 1. Reduce write-heavy tasks

There were some early concerns that the SSDs won’t handle the same intensity of read and write cycles the traditional disks managed. The extension of drive life was solely centered on reducing the amount of writing done on the disk. Since then there have been improvements and you would have to write the disk for many years before it wears out.  Reducing the amount of writes done on a disk will boost the performance of the PC.

2. Enable Write Caching

This setting is usually enabled by default but it’s worth checking to make sure the data is cached in the RAM before being stored permanently. This can be risky because the data stored in the RAM will wipe out if there is a power outage. This is one of the risk experienced by external disk that don’t have their own power source.

3. Tweak Paging File

The performance of the SSD can be degraded by virtual memory using the portion of the hard drive. This lead to intensive writing to the disk for swap purposes. Move the swap file to another disk, or turn it off if your RAM is sufficient.

4. Create a RAM disk

If you have only one drive or the performance of the other drive is lower compared to the SSD, its best if you create a RAM disk. You must have at least 3GB RAM to do this.

5. Move caches to RAM disk

After creating a RAM disk, you can move the windows caches to the disk. This reduces the strain on the SSD.

6. Move Temporary Files

Move your temporary Windows files into another drive. This will eliminate the need to write on the SSD during Windows operation. Click the ‘Start’, right click ‘Computer’ then select ‘Properties’. Choose ‘advance System setting’ then the ‘Environment variables’. There are value listed ‘temp’ and ’tmp’, select one and choose ‘Edit’ to move it.

7. Disable Indexing

Open ‘Computer‘, right click on the SSD then choose ‘Properties’ then clear the box that has been marked ‘Allow files on this drive…………properties’

8. Update the chipset driver frequently

Updating the chipset driver will greatly improve the read and write speed of the hard disk and also improve the compatibility of the system.

9. Turn off Scheduled De-fragmentation

De-fragmentation shortens the life span of the SSD and has no effect on the performance. The option is off by default, but sometimes in certain situations it turns on automatically.

10. Disable GUI boot

This will save you a few seconds when starting the computer.

Follow this 10 Steps and you extend the life of your ssd!


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