Solid-State Drives (SSD) are great, no argument about that. They ensure larger speed of work and require less battery power. Yes, SSD costs more than a classical hard drive of the same capacity; respectively, the solid-state drives of 1 TB and larger are really expensive. But many users solve this issue by purchasing a smaller SSD to install the OS on it while all user data is stored on a huge HDD. Perhaps, the only significant problem with such devices is SSD limited life span. Once a Mac user gets a Low SSD life alert, he or she must urgently backup personal files.
What Are the Factors That May Reduce the Life of SSD?
SSDs must delete the information from a sector before writing new data to it. Experts define it as a program-erase cycle. The number of such cycles predetermines the life of a solid-state drive. The disk will fail when all cycles are used up. You may prevent or at least postpone this day by recognizing the main three reasons for the SSD’s failure.
- Trim is deactivated
What is Trim about? It is a special command, which optimizes the manner a data is written to a solid-state drive. The command also makes the lifespan of SSD larger. Of course, a user will not obtain these benefits in case the function is not enabled. The lack of this command makes the drive wear out much quicker. Luckily, solid-state drives installed in Apple computers apply Trim by default. However, if you operate a third-party drive, you might want to activate the command manually.
- Over 80% of the disk space is used
In case 80% or more of the solid-state disk is filled up, it becomes difficult for the wear leveling algorithm to do their job like reducing the amount of program-erase cycles and prolonging the SSD’s life.
- The applications that write logs and cache to the drive
There are applications that permanently write temporary files to the disk as you run them. It results in the wasted program-erase cycles on data that a user does not use. Those are both cache and log files.
Two Tips to Improve Solid State Drive Health and Extend the Life of SSD
The two basic prompts regarding SSDs are doing your best not to waste drive's life cycles and regularly clean up disk's contents.
1. Enable Trim (if it's not on)
You can enable the Trim feature using the trimforce option. Keep in mind that it's impossible to activate Trim for just one solid-state disk and leave it deactivated for another – it is done for all attached SSDs. Before running trimforce, back up all necessary data.
- Launch the Terminal app with the help of Command + Space and entering Terminal.
- Push Enter button to launch the window via Spotlight.
- Enter the offered command the way it appears: sudo trimforce enable.
2. Free up space on your Mac
Yes, that simple. Delete old large files, watched movies and TV shows, move photos and other stuff you don't need every day to the cloud storage, etc. You will probably spend an hour or two doing this, but the result is worth the effort.
Prevent Low SSD Space and Go Easy on Your SSD with MacFlyPro
No third-party software will ever repair the failing solid-state disk, but using MacFlyPro cleaner can still positively affect SSD's health and even extend its life.
MacFlyPro is an innovative word in the world of Apple computer junk detectors and cleaners! Use it to optimize the way you use your SSD (it works fine for HDD as well). Stick to this steps after downloading MacFlyPro from the official website:
- Make sure minimum 20% of the disk space are free. Dealing with the user data is not always enough to gain required gigabytes. You can free up more space by cleaning the system junk. Just apply Smart Cleanup in case you have some doubts regarding which files should stay and which can be erased – MacFlyPro will help to decide on that.
- Uninstall unwanted applications – along with the residual data – with the help of corresponding MacFlyPro uninstaller. Do not let those leftover files eat up the precious SSD’s space!
- Maintain drive’s free space with the help of System and Duplicates modules. These MacFlyPro features offer an in-depth system scan aimed to detect and remove the useless data and unnecessary duplicate files.
Thanks to these tips and tricks you can at least expand the lifespan of your Mac’s solid-state disk!