Although solid state drive will never suffer mechanical issues, if you frequently do something wrong, you will accelerate its degradation and endanger the data. This article will expose 5 mistakes that you have to avoid in handling solid state drive.
Compared with traditional hard disk drive, which applies the mechanical moving parts to read/write data, solid state drive employs flash-based memory. Thereby, solid state drive works far differently from the hard disk drive. In terms of speed, it’s obvious that a solid state drive plays a better role. Nevertheless, even so, solid state drive also has its endowed weaknesses, too. It can fail someday without any omens perhaps owing to accidental mistakes. Thus, if you are using a solid state drive, you should firstly persist in making a consistent data backup. For example, if you attach great importance to your PST mails, you should back up the PST files onto other devices. It will contribute a lot to future PST email recovery. Of course, you ought to watch out for your daily operations with the drive. Adhering to the following 5 tips is more than necessity.
It is inadvisable to defrag a solid state drive. You should bear in mind a fact that a solid state drive works totally differently from a hard disk drive. Thus, although defragmentation will improve a hard disk drive’s performance, it doesn’t have the same effects on solid state drive. It may lead to worse problems, directly resulting in solid state drive failure.
2. Disable TRIM
If TRIM feature is turned off, when you delete a file on the drive, the operating system will be unable to send a TRIM command to the drive. In this case, the file’s data will remain in certain sectors on the drive. Over time, the drive will slow down and speed up degrading. Hence, never disable TRIM.
3. Enable Indexing Feature
A majority of operating system will comes with the enabled indexing service that will keep tracks of all the files and data on the drive, aiming to improve PC search function. But in this scenario, every time when you edit files, the drive will experience repetitive write operations, which is pushing the drive to degrade. Actually even though disable the indexing, the search still can work as normal. So don’t activate the indexing.
4. Run out of SSD Storage
You should never run out of your solid state drive storage, namely always leave it with some free space. Moreover, the more free space there are, the better it will work. Drive containing much free space means that there are a lot of blank block. So when you write a file, it will be considerably quick. If a solid state drive only has little or even no free space, it will suffer repetitive write operations, which will corrupt blocks in use and then proves failed one day.
5. Write to SSD Continually
As mentioned in the above tip, if a solid state drive goes through too many write operations, its degradation will be expedited. Hence, so as to maintain your drive and extend its lifespan and protect your data, you’d better minimize writing to the drive as much as possible.
Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including repair corrupt SQL and outlook repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com