How do I turn off fragmentation in Windows XP?

I am planning on upgrading the hard drive on my laptop to a SSD. I've been told that a SSD drive will last longer if fragmentation is turned off. How do I turn it off?  Dell Inspiron E1505 running WIndows XP. Thanks!
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You misunderstood Victor's answer (or perhaps what you may have read somewhere).

You mean DEfragmentation.  You can't "turn off" fragmentation; it just happens as a result of file usage.  In fact, SSDs deliberately fragment files (e.g., this article).

What you read was that your SSD would last longer if DEfragmentation is turned off (see article linked above).

Because XP does not "auto-defragment," defragmenting of a drive in XP only happens if you do it manually or unless you manually created a scheduled task to do it.  So just don't do it.

Windows 7 is smart enough to know about SSDs and to exclude them from auto defrag.
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Hi.

I'm pretty sure XP doesn't auto defragment like Vista and 7 does.

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