Posts Tagged ‘trim’

Samsung SSD Magician Tool

Monday, February 7th, 2011

If you’ve got a solid state drive, you might find this one useful …

Solid State Drives (SSD) are faster, silent, more expensive and sometimes more complicated to maintain than conventional platter based hard drives. Especially the maintenance of the drive is a factor that may keep users away from purchasing a drive, or frustrated if they find out that their SSD does not support TRIM or garbage collection. Why is that bad? Because it means that the performance of the drive will drop over time.

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Verify that TRIM is Enabled in Windows 7

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Here’s a neat trick that can be used to help an aging computer to act young again …

The TRIM command has been designed to counter the performance drops of Solid State Drives over time. TRIM basically allows the operating system to notify the SSD about data blocks that are no longer in use so that they can be wiped.

Before TRIM, SSDs degraded in performance over time due to the way they handle write operations. Some manufacturers countered this with reset tools, which had to be run regularly to keep the performance at an acceptable level. Finally, some added garbage collection to the controller. This basically meant that the data on the drive would be defragmented, or that the TRIM command would be issued based on the findings of the garbage collection.

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