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How to Enable/Disable TRIM on Windows 10

Oyetoke Tobi - Saturday, July 16, 2016

Solid State Drive (SSD) plays a vital role in making your PC fast besides getting a speedy processor and as much RAM as you can afford as well. But, an SSD will only stay on it best performance and only if it's properly preserved or managed.

What is TRIM?

TRIM is an ATA command set that was originally designed for the purpose of keeping a Solid State Drive at its optimal performance throughout its lifespan. It also allows an operating system to inform a solid-state drive (SSD) which blocks of data are no longer in use and can be wiped out safely. Trim was introduced soon after SSDs were introduced.

So in this case, the TRIM feature on Windows 10 or any supported operating system, notifies an SSD which blocks of data that are no longer in use and can be easily wiped out to be writable again.

Getting this process carried out ahead of time enhances performance, so that athe drive won't have to use more time when erasing a particular block when space is needed to save a new data, making sure the SSD its absolute lifespan.

Some operating system should properly detect and have TRIM enabled automatically, but some may not at times. TRIM is an important feature for an SSD in order to keep it on top performance and helps the drive to last much longer. 

So we'll discuss how you can enable/disable TRIM on Windows 10 and also check whether it is enabled or disabled. So here's how to just do that.

How to enable TRIM on your Windows 10

The first thing is to open Command Prompt with Admin. You can do that by pressing the Windows key + X keyboard shortcut and click on Command Prompt (Admin).

Then type the following command line into the Command prompt and press Enter:


fsutil behavior set DisableDeleteNotify 0



Then you will notice that it returns a message "DisableDeleteNotify = 0", which indicates that the TRIM is enabled.

How to disable TRIM on your Windows 10

So in case at any time you want to disable TRIM for some reasons, then you should follow this guide:

Open Command Prompt with Admin. You can do that by pressing the Windows key + X keyboard shortcut and click on Command Prompt (Admin).

Then type the following command line into the Command prompt and press Enter:


fsutil behavior set DisableDeleteNotify 1




How to check if TRIM is enabled on your Windows 10

In order to ensure that TRIM is enabled on Windows 10, all you only need is to open Command Prompt with administrator privileges and then use some command kines.

Open Command Prompt with Admin priviledges. You can do that by pressing the Windows key + X keyboard shortcut and click on Command Prompt (Admin).
Then type the following command line into the Command prompt and press Enter:


fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify



So if you get a result of zero (0) after executing the command line, then it means TRIM is enabled. On the other hand, in case get a result of one (1) after executing the command then it means that TRIM is disabled.

So in order to make TRIM work at it's best performance, the operating system and the Solid State Drive must support the feature, and must also be enabled on the operating system.

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