Solid state drives (SSDs) have been on the verge of transforming the computing world for some time. Although they have largely been held back by the issue of cost and durability, these concerns have largely been addressed over the past few years. The result is that SSDs are likely to soon come into their element.

Advantages of SSDs

A major advantage for solid state drives stems from the fact that they are made using Flash memory and, therefore, have no moving parts. They therefore make for a much faster computing experience than traditional hard drives. They also consume less power, which is crucial, particularly now when the whole world is seemingly obsessed with making energy savings.

What You Cannot Do with SSDs

Although SSDs are wonderful, there are some things that you probably should never do when using them. Here are a few of them.

SSDs Should Not Be Defragmented

Defragmentation is one of the things that people are advised to do on their hard disk drives. This is one way you can ensure that your computer continues to perform at the optimum level. However, this advice does not apply to solid state drives. SSDs have a finite number of read-write cycles. Defragmenting the drive only serves to unnecessarily reduce its lifespan. You are also unlikely to see a performance improvement after defragmenting an SSD. These kinds of drives have no mechanical movements, which mean that they are able to instantly read data from any sector.

SSDs Should Not Be Wiped

Solid state drives should also never have their free sectors wiped. Although this can be beneficial, with conventional hard drives, in terms of permanently deleting files, wiping SSDs is not really necessary. That is largely due to the fact that once you have chosen the option to delete a file on an SSD, that file is removed forever.

Don’t Use Up All the Disk Space

You should also avoid filling the space that is on your SSD to capacity. Doing so leads to a dramatic slowdown in performance.

Only Write to Them When Necessary

We have already mentioned that solid state drives have finite write cycles. You should, therefore, make sure that you are only writing to the drive when it is absolutely necessary. Where possible, you can have conventional drives where some of the files are temporarily written.

Don’t Use Windows XP or Other Older Operating Systems

Another thing that you should avoid when it comes to SSDs is using an old operating system such as Windows XP. These OSs do not come with TRIM, a valuable tool that tells the operating system which areas on a drive are available.

Scan, Review, and Update Drivers using DriverAssist from SafeBytes

Whatever type of drive you have on your PC, it is important for you to make sure that all drivers  are kept up to date. You can do this using DriverAssist from SafeBytes. DriverAssist is a safe-to-use device driver management utility that automates the driver updating process. This ensures that you never have to worry about compatibility issues between your PC’s operating system and its hardware.