Defragmenting an SSD?

Okay, I know a lot of computer techies are going to comment about this, I'm aware that defragging an SSD can seriously kill the life span of it.

However I just ran Disk Cleanup, and cleaned everything including backups and restores.

That bumped me from 55/120gb to 59/120gb.

Now I just defragmented my 9% fragmented SSD a year after purchasing this. I instantly went back up to another 64/120gb of free space.

How could this be? Why do people not recommend defragmenting when I could easily gain back an extra 5gb of space?


Is there a way to clean up fragmented SSD's without defragmenting then?

2 Answers

  • Oliver
    Lv 4
    7 years ago
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    cleanup/tuneup software will always gain some space back..

    one initial defrag (use space/quick mode, not "stealth" some software offers)

    to "consolidate" files on the drive is ok.

    use ccleaner (without the "wipe" feature) to "clean" the drive..

    get ssd-tweaker, to then manually use TRIM, which tells the ssd to "erase" blocks that are marked for deletion.

    it also allows you to optimize OS-settings for ssd use...

    i also copied a link to an ssd guide..

    Source(s): ... dealing with computers since the mid '80s. Did IT for the government. Worked in multiple shops (fixing/building systems/tech support/selling hardware). building systems for more than 12y now, and have used all (major) brands/components @different performance-levels incl. custom watercooling/ocing)... Tech help/support in multiple (hardware) forums since 2002. so far +50 builds for myself/friends...
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  • 7 years ago

    Because it can be detrimental to the lifespan of your SSD!!!


    Source(s): Pro PC tech
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