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One more thing, is anyone practicing "provisioning" which means leaving some unallocated space (rather than just trying to leave some free space on your SSD, which in my case with HDDs always get full) before formatting. I read that 25% should protect you from big hits on performance then SSD is getting full.

I do. I can't be trusted to keep 20% of the SSD free on my own. Besides, if you plan on using encryption, you have to over-provision since your entire partition will have data on it.
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Haha, sorry for confusion. ;]
I got myself M5P 128 GB only because of the price as originally was looking for M5S 256 GB. I'll try to use it with TrueCrypt and see how it goes. Decided not to use Bitlocker as my laptop doesn't carry TPM. I also considered DiskCypt, but development of it stopped long ago so it doesn't look particularly inviting.
One more thing, is anyone practicing "provisioning" which means leaving some unallocated space (rather than just trying to leave some free space on your SSD, which in my case with HDDs always get full) before formatting. I read that 25% should protect you from big hits on performance then SSD is getting full.

Yeah my work laptop has a tpm so it makes it pretty damn seamless, I like it.
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Yeah my work laptop has a tpm so it makes it pretty damn seamless, I like it.

Curious, though, what would happen if say your laptop dies and you need to slave the SSD on another device to recover data?
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Curious, though, what would happen if say your laptop dies and you need to slave the SSD on another device to recover data?

I haven't tested that with bitlocker but I imagine just as with any other encryption software you can probably use the key that you have to save to decrypt it. In my particular situation its not an issue, I have no data on my drive, it is all on my shared drive on the server
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I haven't tested that with bitlocker but I imagine just as with any other encryption software you can probably use the key that you have to save to decrypt it. In my particular situation its not an issue, I have no data on my drive, it is all on my shared drive on the server

Yes, you need to type "long" master key if TPM got screwed or you changed hardware.
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I do. I can't be trusted to keep 20% of the SSD free on my own. Besides, if you plan on using encryption, you have to over-provision since your entire partition will have data on it.

Same here and as you said, if I'll do encryption provisioning is necessary. However, there is one question. I read that SSDs act different from HDD in the sense of "real" space. For example, if SSD is 128 GB so Windows "see" 119 GB while 9 GB are used for provisioning. In HDD case these 9 GB would be just lost. So my point is when you said you provisioned 20%, do you mean 20% from 128 GB or from 119 GB. If it is from 119 GB, then in theory it is more than 20%.. Hopefully my chain of thought aren't too confusing and I'll be happy to clarify. wink.gif
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In terms of just reliability do you think intel would be worth it over say a Samsung 840 pro
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Same here and as you said, if I'll do encryption provisioning is necessary. However, there is one question. I read that SSDs act different from HDD in the sense of "real" space. For example, if SSD is 128 GB so Windows "see" 119 GB while 9 GB are used for provisioning. In HDD case these 9 GB would be just lost. So my point is when you said you provisioned 20%, do you mean 20% from 128 GB or from 119 GB. If it is from 119 GB, then in theory it is more than 20%.. Hopefully my chain of thought aren't too confusing and I'll be happy to clarify. wink.gif

You're supposed to count user over-provisioning based on advertised capacity so that's 20% from 119 GiB which translates to ~95 GiB formatted capacity.

Since I like round numbers, though, I have mine formatted to 50 GiB multiples, (e.g. 100 GiB for 120/128 GB, 200GiB for 240/256 GB) which equates to 11% (based on advertised capacity of 120/240 GB), 16% (based on advertised capacity of 128/256 GB) or 22% (based on NAND, 128/256 GiB).

Note:
GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes
GiB = 1,073,741,824 bytes
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This 120gb ssd is a little on the small side in terms of space so I want to upgrade to something like 180GB. Is the Corsair Force GS 180GB ssd any good? It has to be under $200.
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This 120gb ssd is a little on the small side in terms of space so I want to upgrade to something like 180GB. Is the Corsair Force GS 180GB ssd any good? It has to be under $200.

If your limit is sub $200 you should be looking at nothing but 240 or 256 gig drives, a 180 will hardly be an upgrade and you'll regret it down the road. Now if you were coming from a 60GB drive then that's a different story.. The force GS is a good one btw.

240~256 drives on sale lately have been the Samsung 840, Sandisk Extreme, The Intel 330/335 or the Kingston HyperX 3K. Keep an eye out for ones with Synchronous or Toggle NAND.
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