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SSD Drive: Should I Defrag?

Monday, March 14th, 2016 by | Filed Under: File & Disk Management, Hardware & Peripherals, Quick Tips

A reader wanted to know if it would do any harm to his SSD drive if he defragged it. Defrag (short for defragmentation) is the process of moving data from one place on a hard drive to cluster all of your data together and leave larger chunks of the drive free for writing more data. This can speed up your PC.


SSD stands for solid-state drive. Unlike a traditional hard drive, there are no moving parts to an SSD drive. It’s really an internal form of flash memory. The lack of moving partsĀ  means that SSDs have much faster reading and writing times than a conventional hard drive.

It’s generally accepted that SSD drive don’t require defragmentation, and that defragmentation just adds extra writes on your drive. So it’s not necessary to run manual defragmentation on an SSD.

In some cases, Windows will automatically defragment SSD. That’s if you have volume snapshots enabled. This process should not damage your SSD drive. In fact, it may prolong the life.

~ Cynthia.

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2 Responses to “SSD Drive: Should I Defrag?”

  1. Mt_Top says:

    Degragment. Degragged. Degfrag. No wonder your readers don’t understand computers!

    • Bob says:

      I know what you are saying. I’ve been servicing computers for over 15 years and the majority of people just want to operate one for a few things. They do not care about maintenance as they would have to learn something new and then take the time to do it.

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