Yeah, all this makes considerable sense…
I did notice that the “optimise drive” tool in
Windows says “defrag” for Hdds and “trim” for SSDs; didn’t
really look up the difference but the way its displayed
certainly doesn’t make it look like the same process.
Every time I run the optimiser, in any case, it
shows that all my drives are ok (eitehr retrimmed or
unfragmented) so I just leave it be.
Disk Cleanup is a different story – I do run
that every now and then and I would certainly suggest this
to get rid of Windows-related and temporary junk.
Unless you do video or audio production you don't need to
worry about this. Windows will check the disk once a month
unless you change the schedule. As for SSD's: You don't need
to do anything special. They have what is called trim. This is
the SSD equivalent of defrag. It is all done automatically.
Also unless you do professional audio/video production modern
SSD's will take longer to die from writes than most computers
will last. I have some ssd's that are going on 10 years now.
Now if you do do audio/video production the time savings of
SSD's will outway any potential longivity of SSDs. As for
moving your swap file to a mechanical drive. This totally
defeats the benefits of having an SSD. your swap file is a
extension of your RAM and needs to be as fast as possible to
get decent performance from your computer. Granted RAM is so
cheap now that swap files are seldom needed but when it is you
don't want it on a slow mechanical hard drive.
On 3/29/2021 5:12 PM, JM Casey wrote:
Windows 10 does do some automatic defragging.
How much, when, and so on, I’m not exactly sure. however I
have had this computer since 2017 and never needed to run
the utility manually on any of my hdds (they all show 100%
And yes, as has been said, don’t defrag an
SSD. Not even sure that Windows 10 native defragger will *let*
you do that, though some third party utilities might…just
don’t do it.
You will always want to do a disk cleanup
first, then do a defrag.
The disk cleanup will make space that the
defrag will write data onto to make a tighter usage of
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Sent: Monday, March 29, 2021 12:38 PM
Subject: Question regarding either of these
Does windows ten, have
a utility built into it that will automatically do both a
disk defrag, and a disk cleanup on a weekly schedule, or
do you have too do it yourself? If not, which one do you
have too do first. In other words, should I do a disk
defrag first, and then do a disk cleanup second
Thanks in advance,
Al ? Which one comes