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#1 dougjp

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 02:06 PM

I'm looking to upgrade my computer. PC Pitstop says don't defragment a solid state drive, and that doing so will shorten the useful life of those drives. What about hybrid drives that are a small part solid state, and part 'regular'? Such a Seagate's Momentus XT? Obviously the majority of date resides on the regular part of theat hard drive, and needs to be defragmented? I can't get a clear answer to this question anywhere! Ideas?

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 06:15 PM

This is what Seagate states about their XT drives
http://seagate.custk...sp?DocId=216791


Turn off Windows automatic defrag. Like SSDs, Momentus XT works best without frequent defrag.





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Edited by Joe C, 04 January 2012 - 06:25 PM.


#3 TomGL2

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 07:27 PM

I'd think that periodically defragmenting a hybrid disk drive is just as useful as with any other mechanical drive. With the hybrid, however, the flash memory cache must be disabled first. There is a group policy setting in Windows 7 for just this purpose.

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Disk NV Cache > Turn Off Non Volatile Cache Feature




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