Windows 10 update could be damaging your SSD

Anyone here heard of this issue before?

First I had heard of this - when I saw this article. If this has been mentioned on the forum, I must have missed it…

I hadn’t heard about this bug until now and can confirm this bug is live on my Win 10 Pro box.

Instead of only running defrag on my SSD once per month, Windows is doing it once per week. Clearly I wouldn’t want that happening for a decade, but having it happen for 4 months I doubt will cause any perceptible decrease in SSD lifetime for me or most other users.

If it was happening more frequently, e.g. daily, I’d disable the weekly automatic defrag until the patch comes out.

This article shows how to check event viewer for how often defrag is running.

This article has more general information on Windows SSD defrag.

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This is not much of a problem as all you need to do is change the setting to your preference.
Updating to 2004 reset lots of system settings to defaults.

The use of the word defragment is also misleading or an outright lie, as the Windows 10 disk optimiser runs TRIM on SSDs not a defrag.
Anyone already using another tool as replacement would not have seen this issue.
My system for example has old Auslogics defrag 8 set as the disk optimiser, so even though the windows one had set to each day it never kicked in.

Do I defrag my SSDs ?
Yes occasionally as it gains a lot of disk space.
As noted in the handy article posted above, the file system has to keep track of all these fragments, so the index for it will grow far bigger than actually needed.
As drives get bigger and people don’t tend to partition, the ratio of files easily handled in that space is changing.

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You are incorrect, defrag and trim are both performed by Windows on SSD’s. See Scott Hanselman’s article at the link provided for the details.

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Well it certainly does not defrag on my Win 10 (2004) system unless it can miraculously defrag within seconds and then refragment afterwards.
If you think it is doing a defrag then a scan with defraggler etc. would show that as being so.
You will also notice even this takes a lot longer to do than windows spends on “defragging” your SSD.

I have now manually started the OS optimise routine 3 times just to make sure. Each time it finishes in seconds.
Perhaps you can point out which bit of my SSD was defragmented, as I can’t see it

Per the linked articles, if it shows in event viewer as never running then that means you have system restore disabled. You really need to read the articles linked in this thread.

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