Do I need to defrag my SSD or flash drive?

Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope
Crucial SSD

No. Unlike a traditional hard drive, an SSD (solid-state drive), jump drive, flash drive, and thumb drive have no moving parts. Which means even if you were to defragment the drive it wouldn't increase the performance of the drive. Defragging is designed to arrange data on the drive in one section so the access arm can get to it quicker, as opposed to having to access multiple portions of the drive.


Defragging a flash drive can decrease the life span of the drive since each time information is written to the drive the flash memory is degraded.