SSD Fresh 2021.10
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Solid-state drives have greatly improved the speed at which we can now work on our laptops and PCs. Not only startup times have been drastically reduced, but also the time it takes for our most commonly used software tools to open and to save new data. SSD drives come with their own peculiarities when it comes to optimization and maintenance, and that is what makes a free tool like SSD Fresh necessary for SSD users.
The program displays an attractive and colorful interface where you can check at a glance technical information about your drive, the disk space used so far, and a graphical meter showing the current optimization level and how much room is still left for improvement.
Some of the optimization settings that most system management tools provide for traditional hard drives are no good for SSDs. Actually, a number of the settings your own Windows OS provides to improve your PC performance are more oriented to optimize standard HDs rather than the new solid-state drives, which may end up slowing down your SSD’s performance instead. If you move to the next tab in the program’s main interface, Optimization, you will see a full list of Windows settings that can be tweaked to improve the speed and durability of your SSD.
The inherent high speed of solid-state drives makes it useless to keep active certain Windows settings initially devised to make your traditional plate work more effectively. That is the case of the indexing operations that Windows performs on your files and folders to help you find them more quickly. Defragmentation tasks, for instance, are useless for SSDs, and using the hibernation mode with lightning-fast SSDs is also a waste of time and disk space. Other more general Windows functions may also shorten the lifespan of your SSD, and should, therefore, be turned off when possible – defragmentation of boot files, Windows event logging, and the creation of short names for old 16-bit DOS apps are but a few examples of them.
SSD Fresh allows you to decide which of these settings should be turned on or off to improve your SSD’s performance, but I advise you to go for the Auto-Optimization option and let the program perform its magic for you. You can then check the optimization meter on the main interface and see how much higher it has gone.
SSD Fresh is a free tool with an option to enhance your user’s experience by contributing with a small amount to the development of new features. This is more of a donation than a full license with extra features, as the only benefits of this contribution are full e-mail support and the removal of ads and the program’s permanent contribution requests. Actually, there is one feature that won’t work in the free version – the Background Watcher, which checks your system’s settings weekly. Other than that, this free program works like a charm as is.
- Provides an auto-optimization option
- Offers a live analysis of your SSD activity
- Displays S.M.A.R.T. data
- Displays constant contribution requests