However, I have a question. It has been pointed out, for example in a couple of the end-posts in this thread, that optimisation is neither necessary nor desirable (because it shortens SSD disk life) if your computer uses an SSD disk (mine don't currently). My question is: whilst I've never felt the need to do privacy cleanups on my own computers and so the issue doesn't arise for me, for my friends are there any System Optimizer options relating to privacy, such as erasing cookies, erasing internet history* that would mean System Optimizer might still be a useful option even on a computer with SSD disk?
Thanks for any comments or responses to this question.
*How does one do this with Firefox or Chrome? Would that be the FF and Chrome "Cached Files" options in the Advanced SettingsSystem Optimizer options?
EDIT: The correct answer was given by TripleHelix in the very next post (below). However, confusion arose in my mind due to apparent conflicting advice that led to protracted exchanges and which was finally resolved here. Out of all this came some very helpful advice, mainly from TripleHelix, about the nature of and the proper maintenance of SSDs.
Best answer by RetiredTripleHelixView original
? (Webroot Admin & Community Manager):
There is currently no need to optimize a SSD drive.
and ? (Bronze VIP):
SSD does not need to optimize
I have an SSD to you do not need to run an Optimizer on it if you do you will shorten the lifespan of the SSD (underlining mine)
all of which I reference in my above link.
All I know about SSds is that if they are faster than hard drives and that's... about... it. Haha
will definitely bookmark and read again.
Maybe someone can write a very simple, very basic kind of "SSD Optimisation for Dummies" post to this thread so that (even) blockheads like me can begin to understand this mysterious stuff.
Anyone interested please let me know and I will be pleased to share what I know....by private message of course or by a new thread in the Techie Forum...;)
Have been a long time user of HD Sentinel, and when I move over to using an SSD (Samsung EVO 850 500GB) I was delighted to that HDS handles SSDs. However, when checking the diagnostics/status of my drives I noted, in relation to the SSD, that HDS was showing...for the SSD...the following diagnosis:
The status of the solid state disk is PERFECT. Problematic or weak sectors were not found.
The TRIM feature of the SSD is supported but disabled. It is recommended to upgrade the operating system, the disk controller or its driver to improve performance.
And giving the drive a performance rating of 80%. Now I can categorically say that the drive was running at SATA 3 and AHCI was enabled for that drive. And finally opening a Command Prompt with Administrative privileges (Run as administrator) and entering the following command:
fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify
I got a result = '0' which as I understood to mean that TRIM was enabled for the drive.
So I questioned the developer (who responded very quickly indeed) and he advised as follows:
1. Confirm that currently over 1700+ SSD models are supported by Hard Disk Sentinel. 2. Confirm that there is no bug / misinterpretation Hard Disk Sentinel and advised (taken under advisement ;)) that it the ONLY software which can properly detect and represent the TRIM status. 3. Asked me to check www.hdsentinel.com/faq.php#trim for the details, it describes exactly this situation and shows how fsutil can't be used to determine if TRIM is really active. Apparently, a result = 0 means that Windows uses the TRIM command in general - for all drives. But it shows nothing about if the TRIM command actually "reaches" the SSD or not. Apparently, fsutil always show 0 (unless you manually disable it in Windows) even if there is no SSD in the system. So simply checking that result, we can't say anything about any of the drives. 4. He latched on to the fact that I was running as the current controller driver, a Marvell SATA 6G controller?, and that I should change it to the Standard AHCI controller, and as a result then TRIM would work properly for my SSD. I followed the advice provided by the link in 3. above et voila...TRIM working correctly again...as far as I know. But to date I have yet to find anyone else to corroborate...but then again, the guy makes his living designing, producing & selling drive maintenance software. Hope that helps? Regards, Baldrick
But I suppose it is a case of you pays your monies and you take your chances...eh? ;)
This is from 2012 but all newer have AHCI mode in the BIOS.