Microsoft announces a fix for frequent SSD defragmentation

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why is my ssd defragging often

After several months of not doing something about the frequent SSD defragmentation issue, Microsoft has finally announced – with the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19042.487 (20H2) – that they have fixed the bug.

We fixed an issue that causes the Optimize Drives dialog to incorrectly report that previously optimized drives need to be optimized again.

Microsoft has been aware since the beginning of the year that upon restart, the system failed to record the last time the hard drive had been optimized.

In the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19551 they acknowledged the issue and mentioned that the problem has been dealt with.

Optimize Drives has been fixed, only that it hasn’t

Yet, many Windows 10 users noticed that after upgrading to Windows 10, version 2004, the defragmentation tool still prompted them to optimize the SSD only too often.

As a result, upon opening Optimize Drives (or the defrag tool), the current status says Needs optimization despite it’s been automatically optimized this morning.

microsoft announces fix for frequent ssd defrag

More exactly, the defragmentation tool runs upon each reboot, searching for new updates, performing security scans and other diagnostics.

When is often defragmentation too often?

Normally, the SSDs should not be defragmented too often to prevent wearing them out.  However, Microsoft developers stated that heavily defragmented SSDs should be defragged once a month

Optimize Drives can be accessed via Control Panel > System and Security > Security and Maintenance.  Automatic drive optimizations are scheduled for once a week or daily, depending on your settings.

Yet, performing a defrag every time Windows restarts isn’t the best choice.

So it’s only too refreshing to find out that Microsoft will optimize the defrag tool in the next upgrade release which is expected to be rolled out later this week.

Have you noticed this problem too? Has it affected your PC performance in any way? Drop us a line in the comments section below.

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