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I know that if you fill a HDD it'll run slow as ****, but since a SSD is flash memory, I thought it'd be different?

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No, SSDs need spare space to ensure clean blocks are available when needed.
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No, SSDs need spare space to ensure clean blocks are available when needed.
^What he said. TRIM/GC won't function correctly if the SSD is filled past 80-85% of its capacity.
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Then from where does it starts to run slower in percents?
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Then from where does it starts to run slower in percents?
Without TRIM/GC, SSDs don't perform optimally. So 80-85%.
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i thought ssd already contained empty blocks behind the scenes that could not be filled?
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i thought ssd already contained empty blocks behind the scenes that could not be filled?
Not to my knowledge.
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Originally Posted by homestyle View Post
i thought ssd already contained empty blocks behind the scenes that could not be filled?
I believe that you are correct.
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Then from where does it starts to run slower in percents?
Depends on the workload.

If you are doing massive random writes, then it may need 20% over provisioning. If you are do light random writes, 5% might be enough.

Quote:
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i thought ssd already contained empty blocks behind the scenes that could not be filled?
That would be over provisioning which the manufacturer decides. Over provisioning is basically the same thing as creating a partition smaller than the avaliable size.


i.e. The 128GB C300, 120GB Vertex 2, 100GB Vertex 2 Pro all have 128GB of NAND. However, Crucial did not provide any over provisioning while OCZ choose 8GB for their consumer drive and 28GB for their enterprise drive.
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That would be over provisioning which the manufacturer decides. Over provisioning is basically the same thing as creating a partition smaller than the avaliable size.


i.e. The 128GB C300, 120GB Vertex 2, 100GB Vertex 2 Pro all have 128GB of NAND. However, Crucial did not provide any over provisioning while OCZ choose 8GB for their consumer drive and 28GB for their enterprise drive.
Can you extend the primary partition to include this hidden partition in something like Disk Management? Or can the OS not see (or modify) this partition at all?

Also, if your drive has this hidden partition, do you not need to keep any of the primary partition free for GC/TRIM to function properly?
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