TRIM, Linux, and your SSD

First, since 2011 or so, TRIM has been enabled by default in the Linux Kernel but not what you’d call optimally. I don’t know the why of that so don’t ask! I have learned over the last few weeks that enabling TRIM using the “discard” option in /etc/fstab will end up significantly slowing your drive down. That option will make Linux use TRIM the same way Windows does. (which can cause your drive to slow down) TRIM tells the SSD drive to delete the information in the blocks and then write to them. In reality, there is no need to do this every time you write to the disk in Linux. (yes I know it is arguable, but this seems to be the consensus of the majority)

The smart thing to do is to create a ‘cron’ job to deal with TRIM, say, once a day, or once a week. You can do this with the ‘fstrim’ command. To see if your SSD drive even supports TRIM try the following in your terminal;

“sudo fstrim -v /”

If you see no error, and it tells you “/: 19 GiB (20374241280 bytes) trimmed” you’ll know you have a TRIM capable drive! (obviously your size will differ from mine probably). The above command is a way for you to manually TRIM your SSD drive whenever you like. The above command was to TRIM the ‘/’ (or root) partition or your SSD. You would do the same for home with;

“sudo fstrim -v read more

New Laptop Post Part II

Well, I’ll let you all know how this turns out. I’ve ran into some problems with the new Laptop and am having to return it. In doing a bit of testing, I tried to restore the factory image of Windoze 8, and lo and behold, it would not install the OS to the SSD. It insisted on installing it to the 1Tb 5400rpm hdd. This was absolutely intolerable as the whole point of the SSD is for the speed gains with the OS, and the 5400rpm drive was for file storage.

I have been told I’ll be getting a full refund, so we’ll see how things turn out. If they don’t go my way, expect a serious rant about the company I bought it from!

Anyway, at some point today I’ll UPS it back to them and wait patiently for my money to be returned so I can start the whole process of laptop shopping again.  What a pain. read more

This Years New Laptop Post

The following is the quoted description from the re-seller on Ebay;

The MSI GT60 0ND-250US is a feature-rich notebook that will be your ultimate weapon in the gaming world. This notebook has an Intel® Core™ Quad-Core Processor hiding inside its sleek body, always ready to unleash powerful processing performance to beat any game in the market. It comes equipped with a DDR3 RAM that bolsters computing speed and responsiveness so you can run multiple tasks without slowing down your system. Thanks to its spacious storage drive, you have plenty of room to spare for your important files and documents. You’ll definitely be glued on your seat when its elegant 15.6″ Full HD (1920×1080) Anti-Glare LCD panel in LED Backlight Display starts dishing out brilliant visuals, perfect for movies and games. Furthermore, this MSI GT60 0ND-250US is built with a reliable optical drive that writes and reads various disc formats.

Main Features – Including Upgraded Custom Options: