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If you have a solid state hard drive (SSD)

I have read that you should not defrag a SSD, so the following settings seem appropriate.

If you have an SSD, under settings

  1. Under “Tasks Scheduling”, uncheck “Disk Optimization” (I actually disabled all the tasks; I take care of the other tasks myself)
  2. Under “Administrative Settings”, set “Idle Time Optimizer” to off

I am just posting this so others might benefit.

Why doesn't Norton Security detect, or ask the user if they are using a Sold State hard Drive when you are installing Norton Security? Or ask the user when configuring the two settings mentioned above?

As prices on SSDs continue to fall and grow in market share, Norton needs to address this issue.

I highly recommend upgrading from a traditional HD to a SSD.  I bought a computer in 2009.  The hard drive developed problems in 2012 and I replaced it with a SSD.  The performance improvement is incredible.   It went from taking over a minute to boot to less than 30 seconds.  I think this upgrade will let me use the computer for a couple of more years before upgrading.

If you have a SSD, you should read some articles on the TRIM command




Re: If you have a solid state hard drive (SSD)


Re: If you have a solid state hard drive (SSD)

One developer added this comment, which I think is right on.

I think the major misconception is that most people have a very outdated model of disk\file layout, and how SSDs work.

Too narrow a statement -- it's true for traditional rotating disk drives. 

Over where I do other support on computers, one of the longtime regulars is a now retired hard drive designer who has worked for all the major manufacturers (not difficult as they kept on buying each other!).

Back in earlier days and IDE drives defragmentation might have some value but with modern drives how files are laid out on the disk and how the firmware controls head movement combined with the extremely large caches (32 - 64 MB) where most-used files are pulled from cache memory rather than direct from the disk not only makes fragmentation of much less importance but the NTFS file system actually can break files up into fragments and store them on different parts of the disk.

I'm not a hard drive designer so I pass on the information as is but I trust the source.

The linked article does explain that when showing that it is defragging or has defragg'd it can have been triggering the SSD Trim or Retrim function that is a necessary part of their housekeeping.


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