Counterintuitively, a person should NOT turn off auto defrag when they install an ssd. (this advice applies to windows ten ONLY).
We know SSD's have limited writes, and we know a conventional defrag adds writes to a mechanical hard drive, we might think we should therefore turn off auto defrag when we get an SSD, however, windows newer defrag model actually DECREASES read writes to the hard drive, so YES, leave it enabled if it is on by default, turn it on if it is off.
However Windows 10, (Scott Hanselman says 7 and 8 also received a defrag update), not only recognizing you have ssd, but also using a different, less invasive method for defragging your ssd, this defrag is set ON if you have system restore enabled, I recommend TURNING IT ON even if you do not use system restore.
This new type of defrag does indeed increase performance, and does indeed increase the life of your ssd.
Scott Hanselman for Microsoft, blog post, http://www.hanselman.com/blog/TheRealAndCompleteStoryDoesWindowsDefragmentYourSSD.aspx
...It’s also somewhat of a misconception that fragmentation is not a problem on SSDs. If an SSD gets too fragmented you can hit maximum file fragmentation (when the metadata can’t represent any more file fragments) which will result in errors when you try to write/extend a file. Furthermore, more file fragments means more metadata to process while reading/writing a file, which can lead to slower performance.”
Windows is not foolishly or blindly running a defrag on your SSD every night, and no, Windows defrag isn’t shortening the life of your SSD unnecessarily. Modern SSDs don’t work the same way that we are used to with traditional hard drives. Your SSD’s file system sometimes needs a kind of defragmentation and that’s handled by Windows, monthly by default, when appropriate. The intent is to maximize performance and a long life. If you disable defragmentation completely, you are taking a risk that your filesystem metadata could reach maximum fragmentation and get you potentially in trouble.
IN ADDITION, this new type of defrag actually INCREASES ssd life; the newer defrag addresses "trim"
TRIM lets the operating system notify the SSD that a page is no longer in use and this hint gives the SSD more information which results in fewer writes, and theoretically longer operating life.
So my hard drive failed, when looking for vids on doing it, everyone was talking about replacing it with ssd even though their hard drive was fine
So that's what I did, the price is right, just about 100 bux for 1/2 terabyte, I'm sure those will go down in price but there's not a good reason to wait this upgrade is that remarkable. I use external drives and the cloud so half terabyte is plenty for native storage.
Absolutely the best upgrade ever, this 4 year old laptop is now faster then my 1 year old all in one
Cold boot is faster then recovering from sleep used to be, even restart takes about the same time as waking from sleep used to be.. I have 8 gigs of ram in this box so that"s not an issue.
SERIOUSLY, if you have an old computer, want a newer faster one, SAVE YOUR MONEY, your old box with an swapped in SSD hard drive will probably run faster then a new box, since as of now, most still come with the mechanical hard drive.
I didn't take chances, I made sure I purchased from a store where I could bring back an opened box if it didn't improve performance, make sure you do that in case you're not satisfied with the upgrade.
Tin foil hat;
The internet is BLAZING fast now, very hard to tell when your box is getting tapped, now a days it can be legally downloaded for the slightest reason
Use an sd card for all your personal files from now on, they come pretty big now, (as of this writing 512 gigs), or a smaller one at a much lower price 112 gigs should be fine for most people.
You just need one, keep swapping out the information to a bigger external hard drive when it gets full, I would NOT use the cloud for sensitive files either way
As I posted before, when you have a solid state hard drive, your start time incredibly fast, using sleep doesn't really start the computer much faster then hibernate, therefore, you should probably use hibernate instead of sleep so components aren't kept active and to save a little electricity.
Especially if you're on a laptop as using sleep will leave you with less uptime on battery.
Start time is so much faster you might want to do a full shut down, however you won't be able to come back to your work when you do that, so I recommend hibernate.
One caveat, with sleep you usually don't have to use the power button, you can just touch a key or mouse to start as those items still get power and the stroke is recognized, in hibernate all power is off so a key or mouse stroke won't start the computer.
Sadly for me, the power button on my laptop is in a really bad place so I'll keep using sleep, but for those with a convenient power button, and an ssd, I think you should be using hibernate.
PS, some windows versions have hibernate disabled, if so come back here and post, I'll give the steps needed to be taken to enable hibernate.
Sometimes you can enable Hibernate through power options, sometimes hibernate is completely disabled and you need to enable through cmd, running as administrator.
That command is powercfg -h on
Looks like a common issue, once I upgraded the os, neither sleep or hibernate is stable, and even cold shutting down will sometimes freeze. I tried a bunch of fixes, it didn't look like any of those worked too well. The one that worked for me was rolling back the mei driver.
Download the MEI driver version 9 or 10 (MEI=Management Engine Interface for intel)
The driver linked comes from the HP site, I'm not sure it will work on all laptops, if not just roll back your driver to 9 or 10
Make sure you create a restore point, install, you'll get a warning a more current driver exists, accept that
Once you install that old driver, you have to prevent windows from updating this old driver, you have to hide this driver update when it appears again
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