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Should Indexing be disabled under C: properties?

Eric Kazer
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Hi,

Should I have the Indexing of Folders and properties disabled to prevent errors?

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2 minutes ago, Eric Kazer said:

Should I have the Indexing of Folders and properties disabled to prevent errors?

Indexing the drive makes it easier for Windows to find folders and files. It doesn't necessarily make the drive more prone to errors, nor does it make the drive immune to errors. Whether or not an error will occur on the disk is dependent on the age of the drive, the quality/power of the drive's embedded controller, and any damage that the drive has suffered (drops, too high of temps, etc).

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Drive is more than a few years old. Samsung 840 pro 256GB. I don't have the indexing or compression enabled. I also disabled Automatic Defragmenting because age might be a concern. The system is on for 8 hours a day when I am home.

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Defrag is something you should not have enabled for SSD, but Windows should recognize SSD and skip defrag anyway. Rest settings depends on you.

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20 minutes ago, Eric Kazer said:

Drive is more than a few years old. Samsung 840 pro 256GB. I don't have the indexing or compression enabled. I also disabled Automatic Defragmenting because age might be a concern. The system is on for 8 hours a day when I am home.

Considering its an SSD, and a Samsung one at that, I don't think it would be a concern. 

 

Derfrag is for mechanical hard drives, it can actually damage SSDs, so its good you have it disabled. 

EDIT: Windows is smart enough to know whether or not a drive is an SSD or HDD. It "defrags" hard drives and "optimizes" SSDs.

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3 hours ago, Eric Kazer said:

Drive is more than a few years old. Samsung 840 pro 256GB. I don't have the indexing or compression enabled. I also disabled Automatic Defragmenting because age might be a concern. The system is on for 8 hours a day when I am home.

Do you know how any TB of data on 1 location of the drive needs to occur before it breaks?

I don't know who pushed the fear on you, but the days of 90's SSDs are very long gone.

 

You can trash your SSD, defrag it (even though Windows 8 and above won't do it), and it will be more than fine after 11 years.

SSDs are used on servers being trashed constantly.  Granted they are high quality chips, but still.

 

I trash my SSD daily, and it is 5 years old, and if I were to use software that estimate the lifespan of the SSD based on current trend, it supposed to last another 9 years. Sooo 15 years, say, assuring it is accurate. Yea, I am already planning a new PC upgrade and change my SSD for something faster and higher capacity.

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I mistook words, Optimization trimms SSDs. I am just trying to maintain reliability here. Manually running Disk Cleanup and Disk Optimization is fine once a month. That SSD is around 6 or 7 years old. Other than Windows Updates I'm not normally writing to C. I do have 2 3TB HDDs in system that I do defrag.

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