I have just installed a Kingston SSD harddisk on my ASUS notebook. It is making the notebook responses rapidly to everything, especially booting up and opening applications.

Since I have another Intel SSD on my desktop and it comes with Intel own “Intel SSD Toolbox” software, I set it to defrag weekly, as recommended. I would like to do the same to my Kingston SSD, so here is what I found:

  1. Kingston website says SSDs do not require defragmentation as there is no physixal disk so no need to prganize the data in order to reduce seek time.
  2. However there is a TRIM and Garbage Collection functions that we can use to recondition the SSD in order to accept new data, TRIM lets the operation systems tell the drive when to perform this function. To check if TRIM is enabled in Windows, run “CMD” in Administrator mode, enter “fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify” and run it, if the result is “DisableDeleteNotify 0”, you are good to go as the TRIM function is enabled.

I have checked mine and yes indeed the TRIM function is enabled by default. I just wonder if I should manually defrag/TRIM the SSD? There is a utility in Windows 8.1 called “Defragment and Optimize Drives”. Apparently we should run this util as it recognize the existence of SSD and is smart enough to no defrag but to optimize e.g. TRIM the SSD. Evidence is on the Optimize Drives windows you can see the Media Type “Solid State Drive” and when “Optimize” button is pressed the current status showing the percent of drive being “TRIM”.

So, I just scheduled the SSD drive to be optimized weekly, as recommended.

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