Can you use disk cleanup on an SSD?

Are SSD drives compatible with the windows disk cleanup utility?

The short answer is yes. The Windows Disk Cleanup application can be used on an SSD drive. When you run the Disk Cleanup tool, it will analyze your hard drive(s) and SSD for data that can potentially be removed to free up space. All SSD’s are analyzed during this process so you should not have any issues because of the SSD itself.

You can also select which folders to remove files from along with what type of files to delete (therefore, if you noticed some SSD-specific folders, you may uncheck those). Below are just a couple of other helpful tips when running the Windows Disk Cleanup tool:

If there are any SSD specific files, make sure to uncheck them

If you would like to manually remove older SSD drive files or SSD specific folders that are not needed anymore, this can be done with the sdelete command. An example of this is provided below where ~ denotes your hard drive name.

Why do you need to install cleanup tools for SSD?

If you had a virus attack or some kind of slow running system or laptop then you have to install the cleanup tools such as:

  • Avast Cleanup.
  • AVG TuneUp.
  • CCleaner.
  • CleanMyPC.
  • IObit Advanced SystemCare.
  • Iolo System Mechanic.
  • Windows Storage Sense.

Otherwise, you don’t need to keep any of them…Because these tools may increase your memory and power usage so instead of keeping them always on your PC you just have to install them whenever you need them.

Why is sdelete useful?

Disk cleanup is a solution to all of your SSD cleaning problems. sdelete can be used to delete SSD files and it is an easy way cause sdelete will only allow the required user access so that SSD doesn’t get any damage. SDelete can do many things with the help of switches.


-p(purge) – Delete files, but unlike using ‘dsrm’ on Windows which marks the file for deletion and actually deletes it later, sdelete purges the file immediately after deleting it from the Master File Table (MFT). This means while you still have full control over the file because it’s not removed until later, to other users and applications it will appear as if the file was deleted a long time ago. sdelete can be used to purge files, directories and even volumes.

s(secure delete)

-s(secure delete) – sdelete overwrites the data with zeros before deleting it, which according to some is more secure than simply deleting and purging files. This option can be combined with “purge” or “remove” so sdelete will first overwrite with zeroes and then remove the file from the MFT. sdelete wipes free disk space using this same method of overwriting multiple times so it’s very effective at cleaning up after yourself when you format a partition or delete large files with sensitive data in them (such as financial documents).

Sample sdelete command for ssd cleanup

If sdelete is installed in C:\windows\ then use this command C:\ sdelete -p 1 / s ~ *.*

For removing ssd files you can do it with this way because sdelete will only allow the required user access so that ssd doesn’t get any damage. SDelete can do many things with the help of switches like:

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