My SSD slowing down?

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    Mac George

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    My SSD has been slowing down lately and I don't know what to make of it. Any advice?
     
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    An SSD doesn't have any moving parts to cause a slow down. You have a software or file system issue most likely or the device is just bad.
     
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    Your SSD can slow down if you're on battery. The reason for this is that when power-save mode is enabled, your computer uses less battery and tries to reduce power to devices. When a battery is really low on power or it's in power-saving mode, the SSD drive will become slow. The only other issue is garbage collection, but on all Windows systems since Win2000, TRIM support is available or built-in. With Windows 7 it's built-in to all versions. XP SP3 may have it, but you might want to double-check. Even if not, there's 3rd party software to do it for you if you need it. Most SSD drives now can do it through hardware so that it isn't necessary to do it in software. If TRIM isn't being used or malfunctions, that can cause a slow-down. The only other issue would be damage to the drive that it can still get around, or the cells on an older SSD drive are worn down to where what you can write to and read from is minimal. Check TRIM and your power settings first, and make sure that you don't run defrag on an SSD. It isn't needed for SSD drives, and will wear out the drive faster because it writes the same data to all new cell areas to try and organize it like it used to do with magnetic drives before. On an SSD there's no fragmentation, so try to avoid that.
     
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    There can be no physical reason for your SSD to slow down. It might be because you installed a new piece of hardware in your computer and it is bottlenecking the performance of your computer. It is always important to check for that. Also give importance to the SATA cables you use and check if your computer is bloated with unuseful large files. Reading these files over and over again will make your SSD work slower as it would be processing something else in the background. The best thing to do is backup and start with a fresh OS install.
     
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