Disabling Automatic Disk Defragmentation for Solid State Drives

Disabling Automatic Disk Defragmentation for Solid State Drives

in Hardware Maintenance

Microsoft introduced automatic disk fragmentation in Windows 7 and later versions.  Defragmentation on traditional drives repairs your file structure and improves load times, however, for Solid State Drives (SSDs) this is not necessary and can potentially damage the life of the drive with excessive and unnecessary read/write operations.

We strongly recommend disabling Automatic Disk Defragmentation for Solid State Drives

Here’s how:

  1. Open the Start Menu and select All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter
    windows-7-disk-defragmenter
  2. Select Configure Schedule
    disk-defragmenter-configure-schedule
  3. The final step depends on whether you have a combination of SSD/non-SSD Disks
  1. If you have only SSD Drives untick Run on Schedule and click OK
  2. If you have a combination of IDE/SATA and SSD drives, click Select Disks, untick your SSDs and select OK

  1. Press Hotkey + R (‘Windows’+’R’) to open the Run Dialogue
  2. Type taskschd.msc and press Enter or select OK
  3. Select Regular Maintenance > Disable
    disk-defragmenter-configure-schedule
  4. Close Task Scheduler

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