Basically, data in SSDs is written on something called Pages. And 128 pages make it one data block. Now, for an SSD to write into a block, the entire block must be empty. Even when there is one page with valid data (out of 128 pages), the new data cannot be added to that block unless the entire block is free.TRIM feature tells the OS about the Pages in a specific block that can be discarded. This helps in efficiently managing the storage in SSDs and thus increasing its speed and performance.
In Windows 10, the TRIM feature is enabled by default. However, some third-party utilities can disable it. If you need to cross-check and see if TRIM is enabled or not, read along. In this article, we have listed out fixes that can verify if TRIM is enabled and working on your SSDs.
Method 1: Using fsutil command
Step 1: Open Run Dialog using Windows + R shortcut.
Step 2: Type cmd and hold Ctrl+Shift+Enter.This opens Command Prompt in Admin Mode.
Step 3: If you see a UAC popping up, asking for permission, simply click on Yes.
Step 4: In the command prompt window that opens, type the following
fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify
The Value 0 indicates, it is Disabled. Value 1 indicates it is Enabled.
If you are looking for more details on how to enable and disable the TRIM option in SSDs, refer to the below link,
Method 2: From Third-Party Tool Kits
- Some SSD manufacturers like Samsung, Intel come with a built-in tool that can be used to check if TRIM is enabled.
- Also, there are some free tools like CrystalDiskInfo, EaseUS which can be installed to verify if TRIM is enabled.
Method 3: Using TRIMcheck
While all of the above methods can check and tell us if TRIM is enabled or not, these cannot verify if the TRIM feature is actually working. There is a free utility named TRIMcheck by a GitHub user CyberShadow.
Step 1: Click on the link and download the appropriate application(.exe) file DownloadTRIMCheck
Step 2: Copy the file to the drive you want to check
Step 3: Double-click on the file to execute it.
Step 4: Press Enter and you will notice the execution has started.
Step 5: Once the execution is completed, the window would look as follows
Step 5: Once you hit Enter, the window would close on its own
Step 6: Double-click on the exe file again. You will be able to see the result. Refer to the below screenshot
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Anusha Pai is a Software Engineer having a long experience in IT industry and having a passion to write.