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Just picked up an OCZ 60Gb Vertex Plus R2 SSD to replace a dead hard drive in my laptop. I know linux (mint or ubuntu) work just fine with SSD's but is there anything I need to do specific to linux to make sure I get the most out of my SSD? I know how to optamize windows for SSD's but don't know much about linux. Thanks guys.


EDIT: ubuntu it is, Linux Mint crash's before I can select to install or load the bootable OS.
Edited by KhaoticKomputing - 2/19/13 at 3:45pm
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you can add the discard option (trim) in your fstab
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Hey JRL, Thanks for the tip. I'll go find some directions.

The install of Ubuntu went smooth as butter. VERY snappy little machine with this SSD.
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Well I tried to turn on TRIM via the askubuntu.com instructions but according to there method of checking its not working.

Any ideas?
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http://www.overclock.net/t/1344088/faq-gparted-ssd-alignment

Follow that and get back to us.

Next run sudo hdparm -t /dev/sdx (the x and possibly # which your SSD is) and report the output.

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http://www.overclock.net/t/1344088/faq-gparted-ssd-alignment

Follow that and get back to us.

Next run sudo hdparm -t /dev/sdx (the x and possibly # which your SSD is) and report the output.

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http://www.overclock.net/t/1344088/faq-gparted-ssd-alignment#post_19044919


Ok. Most of the conversation in the first link was a little above my head, but with the help of google I was able to muster though it. Everything seems fine according to Kramy.

Here is the output you requested:

Timing buffered disk reads: 398 MB in 3.00 seconds = 132.46 MB/sec

Mind you, even though this is a fast SSD, this laptop is only supports Sata1.. Its and Old Centrino Duo from the XP day's.


EDIT: according to the link in your Edit TRIM is not working. Identical output both times.
Edited by KhaoticKomputing - 2/19/13 at 7:14pm
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Ok. Most of the conversation in the first link was a little above my head, but with the help of google I was able to muster though it. Everything seems fine according to Kramy.

Here is the output you requested:

Timing buffered disk reads: 398 MB in 3.00 seconds = 132.46 MB/sec

Mind you, even though this is a fast SSD, this laptop is only supports Sata1.. Its and Old Centrino Duo from the XP day's.


EDIT: according to the link in your Edit TRIM is not working. Identical output both times.

Hmm...See what Kramy has to say but double check A) that the drive is known to have good TRIM/Garbage collection in it's firmware (have heard rumors of some not and this is an extremely rare mention) B) that the LBA locations that you made the test file are correct. I really wish I knew how to make a script to do that for you because I know how difficult it is not to mess up a series of meaningless numbers.

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Hmm...See what Kramy has to say but double check A) that the drive is known to have good TRIM/Garbage collection in it's firmware (have heard rumors of some not and this is an extremely rare mention) B) that the LBA locations that you made the test file are correct. I really wish I knew how to make a script to do that for you because I know how difficult it is not to mess up a series of meaningless numbers.

PS: what does your fstab file look like?


Ok, I figured out what the problem with mint was. Seem's the Install Disk I made a fail. I made another and it installed just fine so now I get my Mint-Cinnamon wink.gif

He should/might be in this thread at some point lol.

I'll run down through your links again to see if PEBKAC is an issue.. Very possible with me vs linux lol.

Can you elaborate what you want to know about the fstab file? please be sure to speak slow or you might lose me.. New to linux and all frown.gif

Thank you!


EDIT: Ok, After digging and digging I have found some interesting stuff out. Here is a fun read.

If I'm reading this right... It seem's that this drive is just goofy about its TRIM and garbage collection?
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Ok, I figured out what the problem with mint was. Seem's the Install Disk I made a fail. I made another and it installed just fine so now I get my Mint-Cinnamon wink.gif

He should/might be in this thread at some point lol.

I'll run down through your links again to see if PEBKAC is an issue.. Very possible with me vs linux lol.

Can you elaborate what you want to know about the fstab file? please be sure to speak slow or you might lose me.. New to linux and all frown.gif

Thank you!


EDIT: Ok, After digging and digging I have found some interesting stuff out. Here is a fun read.

If I'm reading this right... It seem's that this drive is just goofy about its TRIM and garbage collection?

Hmm...so OCZ says there's no way to test on TRIM? I won't say they're wrong but that's the first I've ever heard that. I don't know what to tell you. My drive after doing the TRIM test reads out either FFs or 00s every time. Of course...not to scare you out or anything...but a few years ago (like 2011) some Linux kernel maintainers (IIRC) thought that enabling TRIM was a bad idea and could hurt the drive.

As for the fstab...it's a file that you can edit to add mount points, and drives, and change the settings of the drive. It should be located at /etc/fstab. You can either "cat /etc/fstab" and paste the output here or try to view it with a GUI text editor. Either way I just want to make sure discard is in the right place. Also...there may be some chipset (mobo) issues. It's just a hunch but I've seen that a lot of old mobos seem to really have problems with some SSDs. For instance Crucial's reputation destroying V4s seem to hate the very mobos/computers they were supposed to be designed for.
     
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Hmm...so OCZ says there's no way to test on TRIM? I won't say they're wrong but that's the first I've ever heard that. I don't know what to tell you. My drive after doing the TRIM test reads out either FFs or 00s every time. Of course...not to scare you out or anything...but a few years ago (like 2011) some Linux kernel maintainers (IIRC) thought that enabling TRIM was a bad idea and could hurt the drive.

As for the fstab...it's a file that you can edit to add mount points, and drives, and change the settings of the drive. It should be located at /etc/fstab. You can either "cat /etc/fstab" and paste the output here or try to view it with a GUI text editor. Either way I just want to make sure discard is in the right place. Also...there may be some chipset (mobo) issues. It's just a hunch but I've seen that a lot of old mobos seem to really have problems with some SSDs. For instance Crucial's reputation destroying V4s seem to hate the very mobos/computers they were supposed to be designed for.

OCZ implied that each and every SSD will handle a TRIM or GC command from an OS differently based on design(?)... No clue if this is right or wrong. SSD's are semi new to me... same with linux so I'm out of my area of comfort lol.

Here is my fstab output via command you gave.
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# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
#
# Use 'blkid' to print the universally unique identifier for a
# device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name devices
# that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
#
#
proc /proc proc nodev,noexec,nosuid 0 0
# / was on /dev/sda1 during installation
UUID=c2d9a1d2-4ece-4c79-bff8-3022b041e381 / ext4 discard,errors=remount-ro 0 1
# swap was on /dev/sda5 during installation
UUID=730bb0f3-2aa4-440f-86ae-ad2b5e489ab3 none swap sw


I followed This guide from AskUbuntu.com

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Western Digital Caviar Blue 640Gb Samsung SpinPoint F4 2Tb Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3500641AS-RK 500Gb Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3500641AS-RK 500Gb 
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ASUS 24X DVD Burner ASUS 24X DVD Burner Stock AMD Cooler Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit 
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Linux Mint (VM) Linux Ubuntu (VM) Inland ILG-500R2 500w PSU DiabloTek Evo Mid-tower Case 
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AMD Phenom II x6 1040t @2.7Ghz ASRock 880GM-LE FX  AMD Radeon HD 4250 integrated graphics Micro Center(ADATA) 8Gb (2x4) 1333 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Blue 640Gb Samsung SpinPoint F4 2Tb Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3500641AS-RK 500Gb Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3500641AS-RK 500Gb 
Optical DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
ASUS 24X DVD Burner ASUS 24X DVD Burner Stock AMD Cooler Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit 
OSOSPowerCase
Linux Mint (VM) Linux Ubuntu (VM) Inland ILG-500R2 500w PSU DiabloTek Evo Mid-tower Case 
Other
Inland IL internal card reader 
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