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SSD Performance

Solid state drives (SSD) are generally considered to be faster, more powerful, more efficient and in some respects more reliable than hard drives. The problem is, they start out fast but gradually lose speed and, over time, become subject to failure. Condusiv Technologies SSD Performance Solutions Most SSDs experience a dramatic and noticeable deterioration in performance. They also possess a limited number of erase–write cycles, which can result in a short lifespan with large amounts of write I/O.

SSDs require that old data be erased before new data is written over it, rather than just writing over the old information as is done with traditional hard drives. This doubles wear-and-tear and can cause major issues.

HyperFast® technology, included with Condusiv’s Diskeeper® 12, produces faster performance in solid state drives running on Microsoft operating systems. The HyperFast feature includes TRIM functionality and is enabled only if a solid-state drive is recognized.

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How does fragmentation affect SSD performance?

The principle issue is write speed degradation due to free space fragmentation. Small free spaces scattered across the SSD cause the file system to write a file in fragments to the small pieces of available free space. This can slow write performance considerably.

SSDs can write only so many times to the drive: they have a finite number of writes they can perform. Due to the doubling effect of needing to read and erase before it can write again, SSDs undergo twice as much use—shortening the life of the SSD. All SSDs can suffer from these issues unless Diskeeper is used to optimize the solid state drive.

Diskeeper offers a proactive approach, preventing degradation in SSD performance by eliminating nearly all fragmentation from occurring at the Windows level, before files are written in a performance-penalized state. With its patented, proactive IntelliWrite® technology, Diskeeper keeps laptops and workstations running like new, resulting in increased productivity and lower costs by extending the useful life of existing hardware. IT professionals who support a fleet of laptops no longer wrestle with persistent performance HelpDesk calls.

Where typical defragmentation utilities consume resources to operate, and deal with the problem after the performance penalty has already been incurred, Diskeeper is the only proactive solution that solves the problem in real-time while running transparently in the background.

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