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Universally, SSDs are speedier than traditional hard disk drives. Even though HDDs are cheaper, an SSD is absolutely worth the additional money if you're searching for speed. Nevertheless, did you know that the speed of an SSD might be negatively affected if a good Background trash collection procedure is not implemented?

In this case, TRIM enters into the scene.

To maximize the lifespan of a solid-state drive (SSD), TRIM is a command that assists well in trimming down needless writing to a solid-state drive (SSD). Disabling the TRIM feature on even the most durable SSD, such as the Samsung 970 PRO, will rapidly cause the device to fail. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to check a computer's TRIM state and turn it on.

What Does SSD Trim Mean?

TRIM is an ATA interface command. There must be enough room for new data to be written on the SSD as it is used so that faulty data may be erased and new data can be written. Using Trim, you may inform your SSD which files can be deleted.

Various operating systems and different interfaces have different names for the command, although the operation is often referred to as "Trim" in most cases. Any name you choose to give it, Trim operates with Active Garbage Collection to keep your solid-state drive clean and organized.

Trim is a good idea, but it's not a must. SSD manufacturers build, produce, and test their drives based on the assumption that Trim would not be utilized since certain operating systems do not support it.

How to Check A Windows Computer's SSD TRIM

It is possible to examine the TRIM status of an SSD on a Windows computer by following steps:

The keyboard shortcut for this is Windows key + X. However, you may also access this menu by right-clicking on the Start button and selecting the Power User menu. Now click on Powershell in the drop-down menu (Admin). Command Prompt may be used on older versions of Windows (Admin).

The following command may be entered into the Powershell window and pressed Enter. (You may also paste it.)

fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify

You're good to go if the command returns 0 (zero). While the term "(Disabled)" appears, TRIM is already activated on the machine; therefore, there's no need to do anything extra.


If it isn't, you need to activate it.

Enabling TRIM In Windows

Your SSD's performance should be maintained at a high level by enabling TRIM at all times. To get you started, here are two options:

Method 1: Using Command Prompt

When Windows 10 doesn't have TRIM enabled, the following steps must be taken:

To activate the Power User menu, press the Windows + X keyboard shortcut and choose Command Prompt as administrator.

Enter the command and press Enter.

fsutil behavior set DisableDeleteNotify 0

After executing the command, you'll get the same DisableDeleteNotify = 0, indicating that the functionality is enabled.


If you'd want to turn off TRIM, do the same command, but change 0 to 1.

fsutil behavior set DisableDeleteNotify 1

Method 2: With The NTFS File System

If you'd want to take a somewhat alternative approach to the assignment, you may do so here. The NTFS file system allows you to enable or disable TRIM functionality for SSDs. Doing so may be done in this order:

Start by opening an elevated command prompt on your pc.

To enable or disable TRIM functionality for SSDs using the NTFS file system, run the following instructions from the elevated command line on your computer.

To enable TRIM functionality for NTFS-formatted SSDs.

fsutil behavior set Disabledeletenotify NTFS 0

To disable TRIM functionality for NTFS-formatted SSDs.

fsutil behavior set Disabledeletenotify NTFS 1


There is a progressive shift from HDDs to SSDs, and TRIM is a key function of SSDs. The TRIM function in an SSD drive is vital for customers to know about; therefore, we've outlined what TRIM is here. We also spoke about how to enable and disable SSD TRIM, as well. TRIM should be disabled so that data may be recovered in the event of an emergency.

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Written & Updated by Justin Kenny

Justin Kenny is a writer & editor of DoYourData. He joined DoYourData in 2016 and focuses on writing articles about Windows data recovery, Mac data recovery, external device data recovery, hard drive clone, data erasure, Mac cleanup, computer issue fixes, etc. He is a super fan of Apple devices and is big on testing new digital device and system utility software.

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