Subscriber Ralph Luben wrote with an interesting problem, involving Windows XP and a Solid-State-Drive (SSD).
Ralph wants to use Acronis True Image to solve an issue where Windows XP does not support the critical SSD maintenance command TRIM.
I have a question that I hope you can help me with. I am still running Microsoft Windows XP! Not only that, I’m running it using a 128GB SSD System Drive!
When I installed my SSD drive about one year ago, I used most of the hacks I found regarding using an SSD on an operating system that does not support the TRIM function. Although my system is still running fine, I’m noticing some performance issues.
My question is this: I use Acronis True Image Home 2012. If I create a cloned image of my SSD drive on a spare hard drive I have, then erase & re-align my SSD drive, then clone the image I made on that spare hard drive back to my SSD drive, would that re-write all files to my SSD drive such that there would be no fragmentation on the SSD drive when done?
If so, would periodically performing this function be a good way of keeping my SSD drive healthy?
I purchased Acronis True Image Home based on your recommendation and REALLY like the product. I use most features and have great confidence in it. Thanks for that advice!
I wrote back to Ralph to say that I never ran an SSD on Windows XP and I don’t have any computers still running XP, so I can’t give him a clear answer.
All I can say is that it sounds reasonable to me.
I cautioned him to be aware that NAND memory, the type that is in SSD’s, is capable of a limited number of writes before it fails (at a particular memory location). I’m not sure how low number that is/was, but he may be playing with fire if he does backups and restores with any regularity.
I suggested that he might check with tech support at Acronis for their thoughts.
Ralph wrote back to say:
Thanks so much for your feedback. I appreciate your time!