3 Ways You Might Harm Your Solid State Drive


3 things you should never do to your solid state drives.–PC Pitstop.

3 Ways You Might Harm Your Solid State Drive

By Vamsi Krishna for MakeTechEasier

When compared to the regular mechanical hard drives, Solid State Drives (SSDs) are pretty different and give you a performance boost in regards of boot time and application load time. SSDs work quite differently out of the box by employing NAND-based flash memory rather than using the moving mechanical parts like in the regular hard drives. Like any other electronic devices, SSDs also come with their own weaknesses (other than the heavy price tag) too. If you are using an SSD on your Windows machine, here are the three things that you have to take note of.

1. Don’t Use Index Feature in Windows

Whenever you lose track of a file or folder, you can use theWindows search feature to track those files or folders. To improve the search function in Windows, an indexing service runs in the background to keep track of all the file and folder changes. As this service updates its database regularly, it results in a lot of writes on your SSD and may eventually degrade the performance. Even though this background service is very helpful in faster indexing and searching, the Windows search function runs just fine even when you disable the indexing service. Since it is recommended that you disable this service on your SSD, the steps are listed below.

To disable indexing in Windows, right click on your SSD and select “Properties” from the list of options. Here under the “General” tab, uncheck the check box for “Allow files on this drive to have contents indexed in addition to file properties.” Now click on the “Ok” button to save changes.

That’s all there is to do to disable Indexing service on your SSD.

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3 thoughts on “3 Ways You Might Harm Your Solid State Drive

  1. I RAN INTO THE SAME THING CHRIS HAD I AM STILL ON THIS SITE AND DONT KNOW IF I FIXED ANYTHING THE FILE DELETED MANY THINGS IT RAN FOR LIKE 5 MIN.
    I HOPE I DIDNT HARM MY PC FROM THIS ACTION.
    A NUBIE TO TECH STUFF.

  2. When I tried this I ran into a bunch of files that wouldn’t change an attribute. I think all were in SUB folders of “C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared”. The first three were .xml files, that’s all I looked at though, gave up and clicked ‘ignore all’.The operation completed and now shows an unchecked box in the properties window for the drive, as expected. But I don’t know if I’m going to have an issue with the files that were unchanged. The only file I took note of, the first one, was ‘alphabet.xml’…..any thoughts? Thanks

  3. When I tried this I ran into a bunch of files that wouldn't change an attribute. I think all were in SUB folders of "C:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft Shared". The first three were .xml files, that's all I looked at though, gave up and clicked 'ignore all'.The operation completed and now shows an unchecked box in the properties window for the drive, as expected. But I don't know if I'm going to have an issue with the files that were unchanged. The only file I took note of, the first one, was 'alphabet.xml'…..any thoughts? Thanks

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