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[title] Solid State Drives
[* icon_reminder] There wereare 3 SSD formats introduced around the era this guide coversthat are covered: SATA, mSATA and PCIe (AHCI). '''When picking an SSD, you will have to pick a drive with the least amount of problems in Linux. There are certain drives that do not work well.'''
[* icon_reminder] There wereare 3 SSD formats introduced around the era this guide coversthat are covered: SATA, mSATA and PCIe (AHCI). '''When picking an SSD, you will have to pick a drive with the least amount of problems in Linux. There are certain drives that do not work well.'''
[* icon_caution] TRIM is not enabled by default in most Linux distros, since some SSD's have problems with TRIM under Linux (Check your distro's documentation to see how to enable it). Some SSD's work perfectly, while others have problems. '''Note: If the problem does not get fixed, the offending feature typically gets blacklisted at the kernel level.'''
[* black] '''16-64GB:''' Most vendors do not produce these drives anymore for cost reasons. Some companies still do, but they are a rare find. 128GB SSD's have largely replaced these small SSD's, since they often do not cost much more. They may show up in used systems, but are hard to find new. '''Finding these SSD's new is rare, but they do show up used.'''
[* black] '''128GB:''' This is the smallest SSD produced new in many cases. These are good as an OS drive, but not much else. '''If you intend to use the SSD as an OS drive and not a primary drive, you may be able to get away with 128GB. In many cases, a 256GB SSD is not that much more expensive.'''
[* black] '''256GB:''' While still small, this size is generally going to have the best value. Cost/GB is typically very good for the price in many cases as well. However, these are a little small as a primary drive. '''While these are priced to be the best value right now, they generally do not work well as primary drives since space is limited.'''
[* black] '''512GB:''' These drives are still kind of expensive, the prices are getting better with time. In many cases, these are still expensive but not to the same degree as before. '''512GB is recommended at a minimum if the SSD is going to be your only drive installed in the system.'''
[* black] '''1TB:''' These SSD's are the second largest size available to consumers. I cannot recommend these yet, since the prices are still very high. '''While the drives being available helps the price, they are simply too expensive and will likely remain that way for a few years.'''
[* black] '''2TB:''' 2TB consumer SSD's are relatively new. As such, they are even more expensive then the 1TB SSD's. Wait until the price drops a lot before buying one. '''Due to the insanely high price, this size class does not make sense right now. Wait until the price improves before you consider one.'''