How to handle not having TRIM support

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Ravich, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. Ravich macrumors 6502a

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    What is the proper procedure for wiping and restoring an SSD? Will time machine do the trick?
     
  2. DanielCoffey macrumors 65816

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    I would expect you would have more luck with CarbonCopyCloner or similar. It is free and works nicely for drive copying.

    As for erasing, you should have a look at your drive's manufacturer site - recommendations vary but they seem to agree on not doing some sorts of secure erases.
     
  3. VirtualRain macrumors 603

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    Here's the correct procedure... http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=841182

    However, I would only consider doing this once a year or so or as part of a fresh OS install. Its really not all that necessary (at least not very often) with the garbage collection capabilities of current gen SSDs.
     
  4. Ravich thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yikes.... that's complicated. All I want to do is play a game that isnt available for OSX, so maybe I'll just use one of my HDDs for boot camp.

    For the record, the reason I am looking into this is because I have 23GB of free space on my boot drive and boot camp assistant was unable to create a 15GB partition for XP because certain information could not be moved. Whatever that means.
     
  5. Vylen macrumors 65816

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    Since it's been suggested to do that every year or so... just don't do anything and wait for OS X Lion ;) Since there's apparently TRIM support in the available Beta
     
  6. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    lion and trim=good news!
     
  7. Einz macrumors regular

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    From what I have read, TRIM is only for Apple's SSD for now.
     
  8. 300D macrumors 65816

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    Don't bother. All you'll do is wear it out faster.
     
  9. DanielCoffey macrumors 65816

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    Where did you read this? Other SSDs can have support for TRIM if the OS enables it.
     
  10. DustinT macrumors 68000

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    Apparently in the beta versions its only working on Apple SSDs.

    This is really a non-issue though. Just buy a SSD with proper garbage collection and don't worry about it.
     

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