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[title] Solid State DrivesDrive (SSD)
[title] Solid State DrivesDrive (SSD)
[* icon_reminder] There are 3 SSD formats introduced around the era that are covered: SATA, mSATA and PCIe (AHCI). '''When picking an SSD, find a drive with the least amount of problems in Linux. There are some drives that are known to not work well in Linux.'''
[* 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:''' Due to the smaller size of these drives, these typically only work well as low cost OS drives. '''While 128GB SSD's are typically too small to rely on as a primary drive, they work well if they are limited to being treated as low cost OS boot drives. However, 256GB SSD's usually do not cost much more to buy, when compared to 128GB.'''
[* black] '''256GB:''' While still considered small, this size is generally considered the best value. These drives can work as a primary drive, paired with an external hard drive. '''256GB drives are typically considered the smallest drive worth buying for most users. Using one as a primary drive successfully requires spreading files between two drives.'''
[* black] '''512GB:''' 512GB SSD's are still somewhat expensive, but you may find a cheaper drive that will sacrifice some speed for a lower price. The price will depend on your willingness to trade off some drive speed. '''At the bare minimum for a primary drive, the best starting size is 512GB. Consider trading some performance for a better price.'''
[* black] '''1TB:''' The 1TB size group is one of the larger sizes that are readily available to consumers. Right now, I do not recommend these drives as the cost is still on the higher end. '''Eventually the prices on these drives will drop. Until the price drops substantially, these drives are not worth buying. These price cuts WILL take some time.'''
[* black] '''2TB:''' 2TB consumer SSD's are relatively new. The pricing for these is even higher then it is for the 1TB SSD's as well. Wait for a substantial price drop before you buy one of these drives. '''Due to the insane prices on these drives at this time, these drives cost too much to recommend. It is best to wait for a major price reduction.'''