Solid State Drives (SSD)

Solid State Drives (SSDs)...



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  • MBR/GPT partitioning
  • LVM

pvcreate --data-alignment 512 (equal to value given as chunksize) ?default? --data-alignment-offset (should not be needed for correctly aligned partitions)
vgcreate -s 4M (default)

  • mdadm RAID

mdadm -c 512 Aligns chunksize to 512KB erase block size times 1 data disk (for raid1)
mkfs.ext4 -b 4096 -E stride=128,stripe_width=128 (erase block size / 4096) (for raid1)
mkfs.xfs -b 4096 -d sunit=1024,swidth=1024 OR -d su=512K,sw=512K (for raid1)

  • Encrypted with dmcrypt/LUKS

cryptsetup luksFormat --align-payload 2048 (default)
cryptsetup luksOpen --allow-discards

File systems

  • EXT4
  • ZFS
  • Others



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(Optional) Clearing SSD Memory Cells
Avoid using dd command to overwrite data on SSD. The SSD controller has its own algorithms for allocating writes based on its internal topology. Trying to overwrite data the usual way (e.g. dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda ) is not only futile but will reduce the remaining number of writes to the flash cells. To inform the controller that all data can be purged use hdparm --security-erase. <ref></ref>

Partition creation and alignment
The default alignment of 1MiB provides for proper SSD performance. For gdisk, ensure each partition starts at integer multiple of 2048 (sectors). If you change gdisk's default boundary then the default for other programs may change as a result.

Create File Systems

/etc/fstab, mount

SSD Optimization


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Enable TRIM

Mount Options

I/O Scheduler
The Completely Fair Queuing (CFQ) scheduler queues data to minimize seeks on HDDs, which is not necessary for SSDs. Utilizing the noop or deadline scheduler can increase throughput and decrease latency on an SSD.

Changing the I/O scheduler can be accomplished:

When compiling the kernel.
When starting the kernel through the boot manager configuration.
Or at runtime (through the files in /proc and /sys). See sysctl for details.

The "noop" scheduler may be a little faster in specific benchmarks that max out the throughput, but this scheduler causes noticeable delays for other tasks while large file transfers are in progress.


It is recommended to only change the default scheduler to noop or deadline only for non-rotating disks.

Reduce swappiness to swap partition on an SSD
In instances where a low memory system may need to place a swap partition on an SSD; a recommended tweak is to reduce the swappiness of the system to some very low value (for example 1 or 10), thus avoiding unneccesary writes to swap.

# nano /etc/sysctl.conf


Use tmpfs for /tmp, /var/tmp, etc.