Six Things you Shouldn’t Do with your SSD

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June 2, 2021


Solid-state drives or SSD have been introduced as a game-changer for storing data digitally. It has been said that SSDs are majorly being used as an alternative to hard disk drives. Author Divya Jain View all posts

SSDs are becoming more versatile due to their durability, reliability and longevity that are far better than a standard hard disk( sensitive).

Not only these features, but manufacturers are trying their best to improve solid-state drive’s performances day by day, but some issues can come in your way when you do wrong things with your SSD. Here are the six things you should avoid doing in your SSD.

1. Avoid defragmentation: As SSDs have a limited number of write cycles, defragmentation will kill more read/write cycles resulting in shortening the lifespan of the SSD. Defragment tool only works well on hard disks that need to align the data scattered on the platter to make it optimized.

2. Don’t wipe SSD: Wiping data on a solid drive is not as same as the old hard disk drive where deleted, or erased data left the new writing space and was recoverable. Once you wipe data in the SSD, you will no longer perform any data recovery to get back your data, all thanks to the TRIM command that permanently deletes the block that is no longer needed.

3. Don’t use old operating systems while SSD inserted

SSDs don’t support old Windows operating system versions like Windows XP or windows vista. If you use your SSD in your old Window versions, it will disable the TRIM command so that the data will remain on the disk sectors.

4. Don’t use 100% drive’s capacity

The manufacturers also suggest that you leave at least 10-20% of the solid-state drive’s storage capacity that helps to increase the write performance. The filled block with 100% usage of the storage and will only read a partially filled block, write into cache and write new data or rewrite in the blocks leading to poor performance of the drive.

5. Avoid writing data constantly

If you write data according to the needs, it will lengthen the lifespan of your solid-state drive. Also, don’t use temporary files to write on your SSD. It will only get poor performance and this will degrade it earlier. To save temporary files or log files, use RAMDisk instead.

6. Never attempt benchmark on SSD

It is cool to check how fast your SSD is, but benchmarks can worsen the lifespan of the SSD by writing a lot of data on the drive’s blocks. So running benchmarks will make no good out of it.


Avoiding all these things can make your SSD better to perform and survive for longer. Although, as with all the storage drives, it can go through wear and tear, leading to abrupt data loss. Contact an SSD data recovery specialist to get back your lost data in appropriate ways.

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