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[title] Solid State Drives
[* icon_reminder] SSD's make a lotYou will find two kinds of sense as primary bootSSD's supported from this era: SATA and PCIe AHCI drives. While this is the case someBoth SSD's do not play nice with TRIMare good in their own individual ways. '''Before you buy an SSD, do some research on the drive you want to seeSSD and figure out if it is known to have TRIM problemsthere are any problems with TRIM. If it has issues, determine what theythere are andissues, you will need to see if they matter. If you find a workaround, see if it will fixaffect you. For some SSD's, the issue you may havenot matter.'''
[* icon_caution] TRIM is not enabled by default in most Linux distros. This is because some SSD's have problems with how Linux implements TRIMTRIM under Linux. Some SSD's do get blacklisted because the problem can't be fixed or the SSD vendor won't fixhas not fixed it. '''Before settling on an SSD, see if it has any known problems. You will also needThe main thing is to see how to enable TRIM in your distrothe distro you plan to use. Compatibility issues will likely be TRIM related.'''
[* icon_reminder] SSD's make a lotYou will find two kinds of sense as primary bootSSD's supported from this era: SATA and PCIe AHCI drives. While this is the case someBoth SSD's do not play nice with TRIMare good in their own individual ways. '''Before you buy an SSD, do some research on the drive you want to seeSSD and figure out if it is known to have TRIM problemsthere are any problems with TRIM. If it has issues, determine what theythere are andissues, you will need to see if they matter. If you find a workaround, see if it will fixaffect you. For some SSD's, the issue you may havenot matter.'''
[* icon_caution] TRIM is not enabled by default in most Linux distros. This is because some SSD's have problems with how Linux implements TRIMTRIM under Linux. Some SSD's do get blacklisted because the problem can't be fixed or the SSD vendor won't fixhas not fixed it. '''Before settling on an SSD, see if it has any known problems. You will also needThe main thing is to see how to enable TRIM in your distrothe distro you plan to use. Compatibility issues will likely be TRIM related.'''
[* black] '''16-64GB:''' You will not see these SSD's offered by most vendors anymore. This is because small SSD's are in low demand and the lower cost of flash memory has made them irrelevant. You may find these in used systems, but you will not find new drives this small. '''Unless you have to use the SSD, you may want to consider replacing it.'''
[* black] '''128GB:''' This is the smallest SSD you will find produced at this point. While these are viable as OS drives, the cost of a larger SSD is so negligible it is worth looking looking at 256GB SSD's. '''While these are small, they are better then 16-64GB SSD's. Now the problem is 256GB SSD's are so cheap demand for this size is starting to drop.'''
[* black] '''256GB:''' This size is the best size you can get per GB right now. These drives are considered small, but work as primary boot drives complemented with a large hard drive. You can't fit many programs on these SSD's. '''256GB is the best value size available. This should be the minimum size you buy. These SSD's are too small for laptop use.'''
[* black] '''512GB:''' These drives are still kind of expensive, but are getting cheaper. You can now find 512GB SSD's for ~$138. The prices are still a little high, but are much more realistic. '''While the drives are still expensive, the prices are much better these days. I still think the prices are up there, but they are getting manageable.'''
[* black] '''1TB:''' These SSD's are the second largest available on the consumer market. However, the prices are still pretty bad right now. I would hold off until the prices get to a point they can be considered reasonable. '''At the moment, I cannot suggest buying one of these SSD's, due to the high prices. When the prices drop, my opinion will change.'''
[* black] '''2TB:''' 2TB consumer SSD's are a fairly recent thing. Because they are so new, the prices are even worse then the 1TB SSD prices. You really should wait for the prices to improve before considering buying one of these 2TB SSD's. '''While these SSD's will be nice to have, the price does not make sense to get one right now.'''