How to Maximize the Life of Your SSD Drive

All SSDs have a limited number of writes before they wear out.But that doesn't mean you can't make a few adjustments to maximize the life of your SSD.


TRIM is a "command allows an operating system to inform a solid-state drive (SSD) which blocks of data are no longer considered in use and can be wiped internally." In general, TRIM is the first line of defense in keeping your SSD alive.
  • How do I know if my SSD supports TRIM?
Download this CrystalDiskInfo

For Windows 7
Open the Command Prompt then type fsutil behavior query disabledeletenotify. If this results in "DisableDeleteNotify = 0", that means that the OS is using TRIM and thus is treated as an SSD.

  • Windows isn't using TRIM
You should take a look at the properties of the SSD in the Device Manager.
You may need to update the drivers of your disk controller in order for the OS to become aware of your SSD.
Right-click your hard drive in Device Manager and select Update Drive Software.

Disable or move unnecessary OS features


Windows' page file is meant to keep space free in the memory by swapping out memory data to the disk, this to ensure that the memory doesn't get full when you run too many programs.

  • Disabling the page file
Right click ‘My Computer' and click ‘Properties'.
Go to the ‘Advanced System Settings' tab.
Click Settings in the ‘Performance' fieldset, then go to the Advanced tab.
Click Change in the ‘Virtual memory' fieldset.
Click on your SSD drive, select ‘No paging file' and click ‘Set'.
Click OK when you're done.

  • Moving the page file from your SSD to a storage hard drive
First disable the page file as described above.
Then, click on your preferred HDD drive, select ‘System managed size' (unless you know what you're doing) and click ‘Set'.
Click OK when you're done.


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