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How do you optimize(garbage collection) SSD's when used in a RAID (0) configuration?

I have been using 25M, 160 gb SSD as individual units and understand the need for the TRIM function. I am doing a new build and would like to configure two of my SSD'd in a RAID 0 configuration, and I am assuming the same reasoning holds that some form of "garbage collection" TRIM type optimization is also required. I'm a newby so any help or references would be appreciated. thanks

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Welcome!

Long story short, GC works when the PC is in idle mode, so try not to shut down your PC after long hours of deleting/moving files. I have a pair of 510 series in RAID 0 and I've seen the transfer rates go from 990MB/s to 720MB/s, after a couple of nights on and in idle state, the speed was completely recovered.

Also keep in mind that Intel is most likely releasing a TRIM support for RAID 0 in RST 11.5.

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Well thank you Xeneize for the fast response to my question. If it is permissible to ask a few related questions they are as follows:

* Your answer prompted me to check my power settings (wondering if I changed them when I went to an SSD a few years ago) and I checked shutoff hard drive after 20 min,sleep after 30 min, allow hybrid sleep> ON, hybernate after 840 min{for out of town trips}. These were intended to save the life of my previous Raptor hard drive. Looks like I should be changing these and prolong hard drive off and sleep times. Any suggestions for duration?

*Will the enhansed TRIM program you reference be a separate release by INtel (how does one get a "RST"), will it be incoporated into an update to the Intel toolbox, and will it be released as an update to win 7. I did just update my INtel Toolbox when checking my new 520 purchase. Just in case you have some thoughts on these issues as well.

I did check that you gave me a correct answer,thanks

Thanks in advance for your efforts and help,

Best regards,

DANY

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No problem friend.

You should for sure disable Hybernation if you are using SSD, it's a best practice, in fact here's a great guide to help you optimize your SSD:

http://thessdreview.com/ssd-guides/optimization-guides/the-ssd-optimization-guide-2/ http://thessdreview.com/ssd-guides/optimization-guides/the-ssd-optimization-guide-2/

As far as Intel Rapid Storage diver to support TRIM, it will be their next release of the software/driver, most likely will be included with the Intel Toolbox, here's a good source:

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Intel-RST-SSD-TRIM-RAID,14048.html http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Intel-RST-SSD-TRIM-RAID,14048.html

Enjoy!

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Well thanks again for another very informative and prompt response. (one doesn't know what they don't know until they ask the questio!). These are great sources which I will now continue to follow. Thanks again for your help and effort, wishing you all the best in the New Year

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No problem Dany, have a great new year as well!

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