The Great Debate: Do SSD Need Defrag?

Do SSD need defrag? Come and join today’s debate. If you want to improve computer performance, this passage will also share tips for you.


By Irene / Updated on August 11, 2023

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What is defragmentation?

Defragmentation is a process aimed at optimizing data storage on storage devices, but its application and significance differ between solid-state drives (SSDs) and hard disk drives (HDDs).

For HDDs, defragmentation is very important. Traditional HDDs use spinning platters and a read/write head to access data. Over time, files become fragmented, with data scattered across different physical locations on the disk. Hard disk defragmentation rearranges these fragmented data blocks, placing them in contiguous sectors. This results in improved read and write speeds, as the read/write head doesn't need to move as much to retrieve file components, enhancing overall HDD performance.

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In contrast, SSDs work in a unique way. They use fast memory and don't have any parts that move. This design lets them quickly get data from anywhere. Even though SSDs can get a bit messy with data, they're still faster than HDDs. Also, SSDs have tricks like wear-leveling and the TRIM command that help organize data and make the SSD last longer. So, fragmentation doesn't slow down SSDs as much as it does with HDDs.

Do SSDs need defrag?

Given these distinctions we discuss in the above part, we can find the SSD defragmentation is not as crucial as HDD. While it can offer some benefits, modern SSDs are inherently optimized for speed and longevity. Frequent defragmentation is generally unnecessary due to their efficient data handling mechanisms and lack of mechanical constraints, making SSD maintenance more focused on monitoring SSD health and optimizing usage rather than traditional defragmentation practices.

do ssd need defrag

However, when users inquire about "Do I need to defrag SSD," they might not necessarily be asking about defragging SSD. Instead, they could be experiencing sluggish computer performance and seeking solutions to improve it. So, we prepare several practical methods for performance enhancement in the next part.

How to improve SSD performance

While there's less need to defragment SSDs for better system performance, several measures can still be taken to achieve that goal. To realize it effectively, it is recommended to use an all-in-one tool like AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional.

It is a powerful PC manager that is suitable for fixing many computer-relating issues. With wide compatibility, it can run effectively on Windows 11/10/8/7/XP/Vista. To improve SSD performance, AOMEI offers functions like Migrate OS to SSD, SSD Secure Erase and 4K Alignment. Let’s do it together.

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Method 1. Run 4K Alignment

Boost your SSD's speed with proper 4K alignment. When data is neatly organized, reading and writing are smoother, and data shuffling is minimized. This quickens data access and makes your whole system respond better.

Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. Right-click the partition that you want to align and select Advanced > Partition Alignment.

partition alignment

Step 2. In the popup window, choose “4096 Sector” or you can also set it to the default one. Click on “OK” to proceed.

partition 4k alignment

Step 3. Finally, hit “Apply” on the upper left of the screen to start the alignment.

apply alignmnet

Method 2. Secure erase SSD

Securely erasing an SSD will wipe out all data, including residual fragments and traces of previous usage. This process essentially resets the drive, allowing it to operate at its optimal state and improving overall speed and responsiveness.

1. It will erase all the SSD data. Please back up in advance if there is any important data.
2. This function is only supported in Windows 7 currently. Please connect the SSD to a computer running Windows 7.

Step 1. Launch the software, click “Wipe” at the top pane, and choose “SSD Secure Erase”.

Select SSD Secure Erase

Step 2. Select the SSD that you want to secure erase and click Next.

Choose SSD

Step 3. Please check the SSD information in case of erasing the wrong hard disk because the data is unrecoverable after the erased.

SSD Information

Now, you will see the SSD is in a frozen state. To continue, you should perform a hot swap:
1. Find the SSD that needs secure erase from the computer host.
2. Unplug the power cable of the SSD and disconnect the SATA cable from the SSD.
3. Then reconnect the power cable and SATA cable to the SSD.

Step 4. Click “Next” to start the SSD Secure Erase.

Wait Erase

Method 3. Migrate OS to a better SSD

If you find your computer still runs in a sluggish state after adopting saving measures, maybe it is time to upgrade a better SSD like NVMe M.2. AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional can effectively streamline SSD upgrades by transferring the OS, apps, and data without reinstalling.

Preparation before OS Migration:
Connect the SSD with enough space as the destination disk for migrated OS partitions keeping. During the migration process, you can either connect the destination drive internally or externally via USB connector during disk clone. 

Step 1. Click “Clone” on in the top toolbar, and choose “Migrate OS”.

Migrate OS to SSD

Step 2. Select target disk space and tick "I want to delete all partitions on this disk 2 to migrate system to the disk", then click "Next".

Select Space on SSD

Step 3. Resize the target partitions and click "Next".

Resize Partition

Step 4. Read the note about booting OS in the target drive, then click "Finish".


Step 5. Click "Apply" to transfer Windows 10 to new PC.


Do SSD need defrag? From the passage, we can see there is less necessity to defrag SSD for computer performance enhancement. Nevertheless, you can try the shared 3 methods to make your computer runs faster. If you are Windows Server users, kindly please turn to the Server Edition to enjoy benefits.

Irene · Staff Editor
Irene is an Editor of AOMEI Technology. She devotes herself in giving insightful thoughts on common computer problems with simple and clear guidance. Irene loves to help people solve problems and explore more solutions on relevant issues. She loves reading, singing and travelling.