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How to Disable Trim of SSD to Recover Lost Data

This is an article about the introduction of Trim feature in SSD and how to disable Trim to recover lost data from the SSD.

Updated on 2019-09-17

 

This article applies to:

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Windows
 

What's SSD?

 
An SSD (solid-state drive) is a type of nonvolatile storage media that stores persistent data on solid-state flash memory. Two key components make up an SSD: a flash controller and NAND flash memory chips. The architectural configuration of the SSD controller is optimized to deliver high read and write performance for both sequential and random data requests. SSDs are sometimes referred to as flash drives or solid-state disks.

Solid State Drive

 

What's SSD TRIM?

SSD TRIM is an Advanced Technology Attachment command that enables an operating system to inform a NAND flash solid-state drive (SSD) which data blocks it can erase because they are no longer in use. The use of TRIM can improve the performance of writing data to SSDs and contribute to longer SSD life.
 

SSD TRIM


The article will make a breif introduction about how to disable TRIM and recover lost data from SSD. It consists of 3 parts:

What's benefits for Enabling SSD TRIM?
When Do You Need to Disable SSD TRIM?
How to Check TRIM Enabled Or Disabled?


 

What's Benefits for Enabling SSD TRIM?

SSD TRIM facilitates important benefits in the areas of performance and drive longevity. Using the TRIM command reduces the amount of data an SSD needs to move during the garbage collection process and reduces the amount of erase cycles, enabling the drive to last longer. By avoiding unnecessary copying of invalid data, the write performance of the drive speeds up.

 

When Do You Need to Disable SSD TRIM?

It is clear that the TRIM feature surely has some advantages. But, enabling TRIM feature in SSD makes deleted data unrecoverable by any manual or automated techniques. Since your data is valuable and you often do not have control over accidents, the option to recover files should always be present. Therefore, we always suggest disabling TRIM on your SSD.

As SSD drives are gradually taking the place of HDDs and TRIM is an important feature of SSD drives. It is still necessary to disable TRIM feature so that users can recover lost data in case of emergency.
 
Below is more information for your reference if you are interested.

 

How to Check TRIM Enabled Or Disabled?

Normally, TRIM is set to automatically enabled on SSD. You shouldn't need to worry about enabling TRIM yourself. But, if you want to double-check that Windows has enabled TRIM, you may check it as followed:

1. When TRIM is enabled, Windows will send an instruction to your solid-state drive every time you delete a file. The solid-state drive can then automatically erase that file's contents. This is important for maintaining speedy solid-state drive performance.


2. Or you could check it easily from EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard by clicking 'Can't find location'.
 

Locate SSD with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Windows

Check TRIM is On or Off.

Disable TRIM with EaseUS Data Recovery Wziard for Windows

Note:
Same as Windows, this switch work for all SSDs, not for a single one.

 


Do you need specialized Manual Data Recovery Services?

You may need further help for tough data loss situations like reformatting drive, RAW disk, partition loss, repartition failures, system boot error and virtual disk corruption. Consult with EaseUS Data Recovery Experts for cost-efficient one-on-one manual recovery service. They could offer the following services after FREE diagnosis:

1. Repair corrupted RAID structure
2. Unformat the drive which was formatted by mistake
3. Repair damaged RAW drive that needs to be reformatted (Bitlocker encrypted drive is also supported)
4. Repair unbootable Windows operating system
5. Recover/repair lost partition and reparitioned drive (the one that cannot be recovered by software)

6. Repair corrupted virtual disk file (.vmdk, .vhd, .vhdx, etc.)

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