Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 29th Jun 2011 09:49 UTC, submitted by Jennimc
Mac OS X "One item of interest regarding last week's Mac OS X 10.6.8 update reveals that Apple has enabled TRIM support retroactively for solid state hard drives shipped in Apple-produced configurations. TRIM is a feature that allows solid state drives (SSDs) to automatically handle garbage collection, cleaning up unused blocks of data and preparing them for rewriting, thereby preventing slowdowns that would otherwise occur over time as garbage data accumulates."
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Comment by flanque
by flanque on Wed 29th Jun 2011 12:03 UTC
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Only for Apple drivers?!
by moondevil on Wed 29th Jun 2011 12:16 UTC
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Why when other OS support all drives?

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RE: Only for Apple drivers?!
by helf on Wed 29th Jun 2011 13:07 UTC in reply to "Only for Apple drivers?!"
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Are you seriously asking this?

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RE[2]: Only for Apple drivers?!
by moondevil on Wed 29th Jun 2011 14:55 UTC in reply to "RE: Only for Apple drivers?!"
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Sure not, I was being sarcastic.

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TRIM not "all that"
by theosib on Thu 30th Jun 2011 17:32 UTC
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There are some relatively minor benefits to TRIM support, for relatively empty drives. But once your drive fills past a certain point, you get diminishing returns. Any decent GC algorithm, with an appropriate level of overprovisioning, will make the drive perform well regardless of TRIM support.

Don't buy a drive whose firmware depends on TRIM for good performance. Instead, evaluate drives based on their performance when the disk is nearly full. This is especially important for things like database workloads where TRIM is useless, because you keep overwriting parts of one big file. You also can't use TRIM with RAID, otherwise your parity will be wrong for trimmed blocks.

I'm not saying that Apple shouldn't support it. If it's there and it works, then great. You'll get marginally better write performance on drives that aren't very full.

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