Many people use SSD (Solid State Drive), but they don’t know how to increase SSD performance. Upgrading your computer by adding an SSD is the best thing you can do. SSD is a device that speeds up everything you are using on your PC, but without proper maintenance, you may not get the best performance out of it. We have discussed what to do and what not when using SSD on a Windows 11/10 computer.
Following are some of the things we must do when we are running a Solid Stat Drive or SSD on a Windows 11/10 computer:
- Keep Defrag ON
- Disable Fast Startup
- Check that System Restore is Enabled
- Plan what goes where
- Enable TRIM
Let’s start to talk about them in detail.
1] Keep Defrag ON
At the beginning of the SSDs, defragmentation was not only unnecessary but also harmful to SSD. But now Windows 10 and Windows 11 know this already and if you enable defragmentation, it will recognize your SSD and will defrag it.
It’s better to think of today’s defrag as the best option in Windows as more of an all-around disk-health tool. Windows defrag adapts to your SSD, so keep it ON.
2] Disable Fast Startup
Fast startup helps boost the performance by reducing the booting time, but it’s known to reduce cause problems as well. If you have an SSD and you are disabling fast startup, it means your PC gets a good clean full reboot every time you shut down. Disabling fast Startups is not essential but it could be useful.
Follow the below steps to disable fast startup.
- Click on the Start button
- Open the Control panel
- Go to the Hardware and Sound
- Go to the Power Option
- Click on Change what the power button does
- Uncheck the box Turn on Fast Startup
- Click on Save changes
3] Check that System Restore is Enable
In the early days of SSDs. When they were not much durable. Many people used to suggest that we should shut down the system to improve the performance.
But these days, that advice is no more redundant. Now, system restore is an extremely essential feature that we recommended for keeping it ON.
Here are the steps to enable it.
- Click on Start
- Open Create a restore point
- System properties tabs will open
- Now, right-click your SSD drive in the list
- Configure in the new Windows
- Then, click on Turn on system protection
After that, System Protection will be enabled.
4] Plan what goes where
We know that SSD(Solid State Drive) is a faster but smaller drive, as well as HDD (Hard Disk Drive) is a larger but slower drive, so we should keep our data and files accordingly we should put the same files in our SSD which we want to run faster.
But if you have large files like movies and songs, you should keep these files on an HDD because these files do not need to run faster even though HDD doesn’t run fast but it has more storage. So, we should know where should the data be stored.
5] Enable TRIM
TRIM command allows the Windows OC to communicate with the SSD. There is no need to delete and restore an entire blog to SSD in case any data page is to be deleted. It can effortlessly erase only the required pages. This helps to improve SSDs performance and it must be enabled on your PC.
With TRIM enabled, SSD does not delete all data and instead, deletes only the required data. That’s why we should enable TRIM.
Follow the below steps to enable TRIM.
- Go to the Search bar
- Type and Open Command prompt
- In the command prompt type
fsutil behavior set disabledeletenotify NTFS 1
- press Enter
- Now, TRIM will be enabled
Hopefully, these tips will help you in optimizing and improving your SSD’s performance.
Can we recover data from a dead SSD?
SSD has features of fast processing speed and instant boot capabilities. But like common hard drives, they are also prone to different types of damage. There are warning signs that tell if your SSD is failing, but if you miss them and the SSD dies then it’s possible to recover data from a dead SSD if it’s damaged due to natural causes(internal fault or memory failure). We can recover the data by connecting it to another PC, using data recovery software or by consulting a data retrieval expert.
What should we run on any SSD?
We should run the operating system primarily. Apart from it, you can run programming files and games on your SSD. This will ensure that your computer opens and runs your programs & files smoothly.
How to defrag our hard disk?
Disk Defragmentation runs on a schedule, but you can also analyze and defragment your drives manually. To do this, follow these steps:
- Click on the Start button
- Type and open Defragment and optimize Drive
- Click on Analyse to find if the disk is defragmented or not
- Click on Defragmented disk