Do I need to defrag my SSD or flash drive?
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.
- How to format a hard drive, SSD, or USB flash drive.
- Regaining computer hard drive space.
- How to delete a partition in Windows.
- Can you get files and data after a hard drive is reformatted?
- What is the difference between a quick format and a full format?
- How to copy files from one drive to another drive.
- See the defrag, flash drive, and SSD pages for further information about these terms and related links.
- Hard drive help and support.