True. Some drives (from Crucial, for example), have “background garbage collection” functionality that can do the same thing as TRIM; both of these, though,
don’t really affect the life of the drive, only the slowdown problem caused by the drive having to clear data blocks before it can write to them. Funnily, there are some interesting requirements for these garbage collection things. I saw a post from Crucial
that said you ought to leave the computer in the system BIOS menu for 6-8 hours periodically to trigger it.
But yes, the TRIM / XP issue doesn’t affect drive lifetime, only performance.
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From: Willie Barnett [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, December 18, 2017 12:31 PM
Subject: Re: [CRTech] SSD failure modes (TRIM)
Curious... I thought that the built-in drive controller chipset already handled "wear-leveling" internally and transparently to the user.
I did do a little research, and the common failure mode for over-used NAND blocks, is that files will become "READ ONLY"... thus, allowing you to still retrieve them for backup/copy to a new drive. It would
have been nice if THAT was the failure mode, here... my backups were good, but older, so a small amount of data was lost.
Gotta make more current backups, more often. ;)
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