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5 Tips to Optimize the Performance of Solid State Disks

April 4, 2017

Solid State Drives (SSDs), or Flash Drives, have not only revolutionized the way Macs are designed today, but also simplified the way the storage can be incorporated into various computing devices. SSDs have interconnected flash memory sectors to store data. Therefore, the drives can deliver nearly-instant boot and load time. Having said that, SSDs, like any other Mac component, also need periodic maintenance and cleanups to work efficiently.

In this blog post, we will share five essential tips to optimize the performance of solid state disks. Take a look.

1. Run Trim Command

SSD performance, like that of any other storage media, slowly degrades after  an SSD reaches its storage capacity. Running The TRIM command ensures the complete removal of all physical NAND memory locations containing rudimentary information of deleted files, before data is written into them. It also helps SSDs to write new data onto the storage more efficiently.  If you find it challenging to run the TRIM command, you can always go for Mac disk cleanup software, one of the bundled utilities in the iDoctor app for Mac. Instal the iDoctor app to  manage your Mac’s storage more efficiently.

2. Use a Disk Management Tool

SSDs have management software that helps install updates, including firmware upgrades and patches. Using a Disk Management Tool is helpful not only in formatting and secure erasing of any faulty drive partitions, but also in copying and restoring disk images, together with setting up your Mac RAID configuration. If you have difficulty finding and using the Disk Utility tool, the iDoctor app will help you. iDoctor’s Disk Monitor tool helps you to easily manage your hard drive and enhance Mac performance.

3. Partition the Disk

Every new Mac has one startup SSD that is known as “Macintosh HD”. You need to create separate volumes or “partitions”. They act as independent disks and help you perform such functions as switching between different OS X versions, sharing iPhoto library, efficiently managing backups, and repairing disk problems. Some users may find it challenging to determine and create Mac partitions that cater to their requirements. Thankfully, the iDoctor app features a Disk Monitor utility that helps you to create and manage drive partitions hassle-free. Therefore, you can easily make sure that your Mac performs optimally for a long time.

4. Maintain at Least 25 Percent Available Space

As said before, SSD performance gets compromised as you reach the maximum storage capacity. Warning bells start sounding after you reach 75 percent space usage, and the drive reaches a critical failover point after you exceed 90 percent. Therefore, it is important to periodically clean your Mac and make sure that at least 25 percent of drive space is always free. The iDoctor app can help you manage your drive space more efficiently with various bundled cleaning tools.

5. Invest in a Faster RAM

Having a faster RAM can help extend the lifecycle of your drive, resulting in  faster data writing and saving on rewrites. On the other hand, insufficient RAM puts unnecessary pressure on SSD I/O capabilities and eventually reduces performance. Therefore, it is advisable to invest in a faster RAM to improve Mac performance. Whether or not you decide to go for a RAM upgrade, you can always install the iDoctor app to make sure that there’s always enough available RAM on your Mac.


SSDs or Flash Drives have revolutionized the way Macs work. The drives are not only robust, fast, and portable, but also can store data even when the power supply is turned off. However, they require regular cleaning and maintenance to ensure optimal  performance. The iDoctor app has many  tools that provide comprehensive protection and help  maintain your Mac’s SSD. To connect with our technical experts, download and execute our iDoctor app or fill out our contact form.  

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