Taking Care of Your Solid State Drives


It seems more and more people are using Solid State Drives (SSD’s) than ever before.  Part of that is because the price has finally started to come down to a reasonable level and if you do some shopping for deals you can find SSD’s at about $1 per gigabyte.

SSD’s, sometimes referred to as flash based drives, have no moving parts which means access to your stored data is sped up significantly when it is stored on an SSD. 

The knock on SSD’s that have kept them from truly becoming more mainstream in our laptop and desktop systems is the price.  The deals I mentioned above at about $1 per gigabyte have only recently started to become more common.  When SSD’s were first making their entry into the consumer market it was not uncommon to see those drives priced two or three times that amount.

Bottom line is as those price points start to shrink on the price per gigabyte of storage then SSD’s are going to become even more common place in computers across all brands and operating systems.

So the reason for the background above is to set up the fact that taking care of SSD’s is quite different then tweaking our spinning hard drives that have all the moving parts.  In a typical spinning hard drive data access is sequential so the less fragmented your hard drive is the quicker that access is.  Features have been added to Windows over the last couple of versions to help speed that process up and put the data and programs you access more frequently on the drive so that it can be read quicker or use caching in memory to increase the access speeds.

If you put an SSD in a Windows 7 based machine two of these utilities will be disabled on that drive – Defragmenter and SuperFetch.  The reason they are disabled is because Windows recognizes that drive as an SSD which does not require defragging or caching to speed up the access since it is fast already based on its flash memory speeds.

In discussions with my friends over at Raxco Software, the developers of PerfectDisk, there is one area of that SSD drive that can use attention though and help with SSD performance – the free space.

SSD Optimize is an optimization method for SSDs that focuses on free space consolidation without defragmentation of files. Solid State Drives are not affected by file fragmentation like traditional electromechanical disk drives. As such, it will leave files in a fragmented state while consolidating free space into large pieces.

I have now been using this feature in PerfectDisk 12 for a few weeks now and it has helped my system stay very fast with its SSD drive and kept free space fragmentation under control. 

So in conjunction with Raxco and PerfectDisk12 we are having a giveaway on the site for three free licenses for PerfectDisk 12 which is a $30 value each. I want you to be able to experience the benefits of PerfectDisk whether you have an SSD or not.  All you have to do is comment on this blog entry and let us know the current tool you use for defragging your hard drives and why your using it.

Entries will be accepted until 21 October and only one entry per person is allowed.

Visit the PerfectDisk 12 Product Page for more info and list of features.

18 thoughts on “Taking Care of Your Solid State Drives

  1. Thanks for this opportunity, defragging hard drive increase windows performance and hard drive life reliability, well i am getting some weired noise from my hard drive and sometime when i try to use multiple programs at once, tried windows 7 in built hard drive defrag and some other freewares, this didnt fixed it. I will be happy to see PerfectDisk 12 experience in this field.Easy interface which is clear and successful, after analysis, we have five defragmentation methods.The advanced features or monitoring of PerfectDisk go further than its competitors. PerfectDisk can print or save directly. LOG or. PDF detailed reports. PerfectDisk 12 OptiWrite (Stealth Patrol)function is excellent to defrag hard drives automatically when needs is there. A very advanced management priorities of resources, a dozen visual alerts (when the disk is fragmented (x)%, when performance is below (x)%), enabling an immediate end to the task and so on.

  2. We have been using Perfect Disk for a long time. Have installed it on various computers with a wide range of hard disk. Never let us down. It’s incredible! Tested with other defragmentation tools and always PF gives us the best result. Totally love Perfect Disk. Low cost and best value!

  3. I use the one that in Norton 360. I just let Norton take care of all my maintenance. If this is better I would appreciate a chance to try it out.

  4. Hi,

    I have no Perfect Disk now.
    I put all stuff on my drive and get cluttered. I run XP defragmentation service and it is not good. Takes a lot of time and never give me clean system. Always shows red lines, no matter how many times I run it.

    I read the developer page for Perfect Disk and quite like it. I want to get a license for my use.
    Please give me one of the 3 licenses you have.

    john d

  5. My current defragging tool is the one that comes with Windows, because it’s free. I actually haven’t used it much at all, though.

    • Andrew,

      I need you to reply NLT Wednesday AM my time (East Coast of US) so I can get your data or I will need to pick someone else for the free license.


  6. Thank you very much for this opportunity. I’m no expert at all in these tech issues, I’m just a curious user. Currently I’m using Iobit Smart Defrag and Pirinform Defragler, because they are free and because they are fast. The reason I use tools to defrag my drives is because I feel I can keep them healthier and the computer may be able to run faster. The one thing I know for sure is that about one year ago I did a drive defrag to my father’s computer and it did perform better afterwards, but I guess it was the first drive defrag in years, if not the first at all… :).
    I would appreciate if you could count me in, as I’ve heard the best things about PerfectDisk. Thanks in advance.
    PS: I’m sorry abou my english, but it’s not my native language…

  7. I’ve been using an SSD for a while now and i’ve got to be honest. I can’t go back to a solid state drive. The speed improvements and reliability i’m getting alone are worth the extra cash, and since I moved to cloud services I don’t miss all the extra space a regular hard drive would have provided.

  8. I use the defraf that came with my computer but recently downloaded the trial Perfectdisk because the other one just wasn’t doing it for me. Would really love a license though. Actually I had Perfect disk trial running on my computer when I checked my email from my phone and saw this giveaway.

  9. To be honest, I haven’t really noticed much performance increase in my notebook going from hdd to ssd. However, I do use PD12 on all my home computers that I can cover with my homeserver licence and it truly rocks. I’ve been using it since PD8 and won’t even consider going back to the Windows Defragmenter. Now I just need an extra one for my notebook (the one with the ssd :) )

  10. First of all, I would like to thank Raxco and WindowsObserver for giving us the opportunity to use PerfectDisk 12 for free. I’ve been using Auslogics Disk Defrag for a year simply because it works better than the built-in Windows disk defrag and easy to use. My notebook’s internal hard drive has only 160GB capacity so I guess a simple and less complicated tool would do. Auslogics Disk Defrag includes automatic defragment when computer is in idle state, which means I don’t have to manually defrag my hard drives. It does the job pretty good and fast. I haven’t tried PerfectDisk yet but I’m sure it works way better than Auslogics Disk Defrag. The stealth patrol and optiwrite technology which prevents fragmentation from occurring have caught my attention due to the fact that as a student, I don’t really have the time to defrag my hard drives manually . I’ve been checking out various reviews of PerfectDisk 12 and heard great things about it. I would be very happy to grab a free license. Thanks in advance.