Why Windows 8 and 8.1 defragment your SSD and how you can avoid this...

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  1. m4v3r1ck macrumors 68020

    m4v3r1ck

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    Could not find it on this forum yet. FYI

    I came across this article while reading about maintenance on Windows 8.x.

    why-windows-8-defragments-your-ssd-and-how-you-can-avoid-this

    It's an article with some codes to run in PowerShell to show you excactly what Windows 8.x is running under the hood, and wow how was I wrongly informed that Windows 8.x BY DEFAULT did not - in any way - touch your SSDs with defragging command.

    Have a good read, Cheers...
     
  2. dyn macrumors 68030

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    You clearly didn't read the update that was posted on 4-12-2014 on that article. They are linking to another article that states the conclusions are completely incorrect: The real and complete story - Does Windows defragment your SSD?

    Also there have been numerous tests where they write enormous amounts of data to an ssd. Those tests show that NAND cells will last a very very long time. The article fails to explain this properly.

    This is not a bug, it is an intended and well thought out feature of Windows. An ssd, like any disk, does fragment and that causes a lot of problems. Degrading performance, however, is not one of them (an ssd is fast enough for that). In this case the filesystem is a bigger issue. It's these kind of problems that are the reason why any disk will be (and should be) defragmented. So whatever you do, leave the scheduled maintenance stuff alone!
     

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