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[title] Solid State Drives
[* icon_reminder] You will find three kinds of SSD released at this time: SATA, mSATA and AHCI PCIe drives. Both are good in theirEach type will have it's own individual ways. '''Before you buyadvantages. '''When picking an SSD, do some research on the SSD and figure out if there are any potential problems with TRIM. If there are issues, you will need to see if they affect you. For some SSD's, the issue may not matterTRIM under Linux. Some drives have known problems.'''
[* icon_caution] TRIM is not enabled by default in most Linux distros. This is because some SSD's have problems with TRIM under LinuxTRIM. Some SSD's do getare blacklisted because the problem can't be fixed or the SSD vendor haswill not fixedfix it. '''The main thing isMost TRIM problems are related to garbage collection, but other issues come up. Check your distro documentation to see how to enable TRIM in the distro you plan to use. Compatibility issues will likely be TRIM relatedis enabled.'''
[* black] '''16-64GB:''' You willMost vendors do not seebother with these SSD's offered by most vendors anymore. ThisThe main reason is because small SSD's are in low demand and the lower cost of flash memory has made them irrelevant. You128GB SSD's makes these obsolete. They may find theseshow up in used systems,systems but you willthey do not findshow up new drives this small. '''Unless you haveanymore. '''Do not expect to use the SSD,find these new. If you may want to consider replacing itfind one, it's an older drive that is used.'''
[* black] '''128GB:''' This is the smallest SSD you will find produced at this point. While thesenew. These are viable as OS drives, the cost of but not much else. '''If you can run a larger SSD is so negligible it is worth looking looking at 256GB SSD's. '''Whiledual drive setup, 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 startingfine. Do not expect these to dropwork as a primary drive. For primary drives, look at 256GB drives. It should also be noted 256GB drives do not cost much more as well.'''
[* icon_reminder] You will find three kinds of SSD released at this time: SATA, mSATA and AHCI PCIe drives. Both are good in theirEach type will have it's own individual ways. '''Before you buyadvantages. '''When picking an SSD, do some research on the SSD and figure out if there are any potential problems with TRIM. If there are issues, you will need to see if they affect you. For some SSD's, the issue may not matterTRIM under Linux. Some drives have known problems.'''
[* icon_caution] TRIM is not enabled by default in most Linux distros. This is because some SSD's have problems with TRIM under LinuxTRIM. Some SSD's do getare blacklisted because the problem can't be fixed or the SSD vendor haswill not fixedfix it. '''The main thing isMost TRIM problems are related to garbage collection, but other issues come up. Check your distro documentation to see how to enable TRIM in the distro you plan to use. Compatibility issues will likely be TRIM relatedis enabled.'''
[* black] '''16-64GB:''' You willMost vendors do not seebother with these SSD's offered by most vendors anymore. ThisThe main reason is because small SSD's are in low demand and the lower cost of flash memory has made them irrelevant. You128GB SSD's makes these obsolete. They may find theseshow up in used systems,systems but you willthey do not findshow up new drives this small. '''Unless you haveanymore. '''Do not expect to use the SSD,find these new. If you may want to consider replacing itfind one, it's an older drive that is used.'''
[* black] '''128GB:''' This is the smallest SSD you will find produced at this point. While thesenew. These are viable as OS drives, the cost of but not much else. '''If you can run a larger SSD is so negligible it is worth looking looking at 256GB SSD's. '''Whiledual drive setup, 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 startingfine. Do not expect these to dropwork as a primary drive. For primary drives, look at 256GB drives. It should also be noted 256GB drives do not cost much more as well.'''
[* 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.'''