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  1. Kolias

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    On my 6 months old Asus K750JN laptop I installed a Samsung 128GB SSD to be my boot drive. The existing Seagate 750GB HDD became the data D drive. The SSD is 68GB used / 49GB free

    I had to re install Windows 8.1 twice due to some mistakes I made and of course all the MS updates (about 150 of them) and checking this drive with the MS Tools Optimize utility, it says my SSD “Needs Optimization”

    I read on the Web that it’s not a recommended to defrag SSD disks and I wonder if I should optimize it or not

    What is your opinion?
     
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    Hi Kolias,

    What "MS Tools Optimize" utility do you use? Does it include a registry cleaner?

    I usually suggest avoiding software such as this.
     
  3. Kolias

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    No registry cleaner, it's the one when you rightclick on the drive and select properties
     
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    It may just be one of those mornings, but I'm not remembering a built-in Windows option for "optimizing" a drive. You do of course have options such as Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter.

    Would you be able to provide a screenshot of what it is you are seeing?

    Note that you should not perform defragmentation on an SSD.
     
  5. Kolias

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    Here are some pictures, hope they are visible
     

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    Yes, thank you. The pictures are clear.

    It looks like you are running Windows 8/8.1 which I am not too familiar with. The "optimize" option does not exist in Windows 7 or previous versions of Windows.

    It looks like what they're calling "optimizing" is really defragging. Which is quite bothersome that they aren't even telling you what you're doing to your computer.

    Since you have a solid state drive you should not do this. Read: Never Defragment an SSD for the explanation as to why this is suggested.
     
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    The Optimize feature in Windows 8 does not actually defrag an SSD, it does for mechanical drives but for SSD's it just forces TRIM to run. You should have the Optimize feature turned on for all drives.
     
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    Interesting, thank you for the correction. Good to know. (y)

    Kolias, if you are unfamiliar with TRIM, read: Why SSD TRIM Support is So Important and How to Enable It
     
  9. Kolias

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    Thank you both, I turned the Optimize ON for both drives
     
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