Solid State Drives (SSDs) are slowly becoming the norm, with good reason. They are faster, and the latest iterations are more reliable than traditional drives. With no moving parts to wear out, these drives can (effectively) enjoy a longer life than standard platter-based drives.
Even though these drives are not prone to mechanical failure, you will still want to keep tabs on their health. After all, your data depends on the storing drives being sound and running properly. Many SSDs you purchase are shipped with software that can be used to monitor said health. However, most of that software is, as you might expect, Windows-only. Does that mean Linux users must remain in the dark as to their drive health? No. Thanks to a very handy tool called GNOME Disks, you can get a quick glimpse of your drive health and run standard tests on the drive.
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Most current SSDs support the ATA_TRIM command for sustained long-term performance and wear-leveling. On Linux TRIM is supported by the Ext4 and Btrfs filesystems but the latter is out of the scope of this tutorial. We need two things in order to enable TRIM:
- Installed and working Ubuntu or other GNU/Linux distribution with root and text editor. We use
geditfor our editing purposes, but if you have another tool on your machine – you are free to use that instead.
- Linux kernel 2.6.33 or later. Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick) ships with kernel 2.6.35. This kernel is also available for Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid) via a backport package.
Having met the two requirements, all we need to do to enable TRIM is the following:
Full article here:
HOWTO: Configure Ext4 to Enable TRIM Support for SSDs on Ubuntu and Other Distributions (Forked by Nicolay)
If you are using a Solid State Drive (SSD), you should know that you shouldn’t run any defragmentation or free space consolidation software on it. So how do you clean up your SSD and free up the empty space? TRIM is the command we use to inform the OS to do the cleaning job. Windows 8 comes with the “Optimize Drive” feature that can run the TRIM command regularly. What about Ubuntu? How can you enable TRIM for SSD in Ubuntu?
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How to Enable TRIM For SSD in Ubuntu (Make Tech Easier)