Definitive answer on the 'do you need to leave unallocated space' question
Wondering if the SSD experts out there can enlighten me on the old chestnut: Is it necessary to leave unallocated, unpartitioned space on your new SSD to enable and sustain max performance?
There is a TON of literature out there, some saying you need to leave 25% free space, others 15%, and still others say with modern firmware & TRIM its a load of garbage (pun intended).
Specifically Intel X25-V (40Gb) and X25-M G2 (160Gb). I have them both on the way (40Gb for media center, 160Gb for gaming rig, both Win7x64 so should do TRIM).
I've been doing my homework, I've got the latest intel driver for my gaming rig ICH10R, and I've removed the nforce driver on my media center 9300m chipset and reverted to win7 stock. If I do need to 'short stroke' it like a traditional RAID I can easily get the system files down to require .85 of the capacity or whatever the recommended figure is so its not a question of feasibility, I just need to know the 'correct' answer (I realise it may not be black and white answer)
The OZC Vertex LE DOES have over provisioning that cannot be used by the user. In this case, fill er up.
The Patriot M28 does NOT have any real over provisioning, so the number is 90-95% (depending on use).
My general rule of thumb is if it has its own area to mess with, I am gonna use up mine. If not, I will give it 5-10% to play with.
Tbh though, it isn't nessecary.
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For the system with the X25-V, its a media center so trivial to shrink the system partition to say 30Gb.
In case you NEED the space, you can always use it at the cost of the drive's performance.
|No. You do not have to leave unprovision space as long as you are aware of the free space left.|
Personally, I have a 20% partition in the RAW state and it's kept my performance the same as new.....and both my current G2s are used RMAs.
Can't get much better than that.
Since there's no definative answer, I'm staying with what works for me.
Edit....I'm using RAID0 so TRIM doesn't enter my equation.
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Most drives have spare area
Intel drives have around 7.3% spare area...
The definitive answer is NO.
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