First of all, new development. I figured out that when this article mentioned "disk blocks," it probably meant cluster size. In which case, my install of XP already has the recommended cluster size. At least, it appears that way.
All of this terminology is very new to me, though. If it wasn't already apparent I'm a massive noob, well, you know now. 🤣
I don't you'll see any issues even if you don't trim it.
Have you tried
Yeah, there shouldn't be any massive issues if I never TRIM the drive, but it most likely helps to do so.
In regards to that tool, I just tried it out. It appears to do something when I manually TRIM the SSD, but, I mean, there doesn't feel like anything happens. Also, there's a silly time/date error when I start the program.
EBS relates to the size of Windows page files, no? It is in fact not equal to bytes/sector, correct?
The EBS for a given model of SSD is a permanent physical constant defined (and likely optimized) by the manufacturer. It not changeable nor does it have anything to do with the operating system.
It's the opposite - that is, if you understand the SSDs alignment and EBS, you can optimize your effective performance by how you layout your partitions and how you configure your filesystems.
Noted. Although, it's going to take a lot more research on my part to understand these concepts.
I've been using this, can't remember where I got it but it seems to work to me...even if it doesn't I feel better.
A quick search for the tool on Google led me to this website. Apparently the author of the program was a user on the Crucial SSD Forum, which now ceases to exist as a forum.
Just like the previous tool, in fact on a greater scale, this tool also felt... underwhelming. I know, TRIMing under Windows 10 feels about the same way, but at least under 10 when you "optimize" your drive and you see the percentage of the drive currently TRIMed, you feel like it did something. This? No such feeling. 🤣
I'd say with both of these SSD tools, there is no way that I know of to measure whether or not they did their job or not. If there is some way I can verify that they actually work, especially compared to Windows 10's TRIM functionality, then I'd be willing to test them and do a comparison.
I think, though, that these tools must do something, so I'll run these tools once in a while, and then once in a blue-moon (a few months) I'll pop the drives out of the machine and throw it into my old craptop to let Windows 10 "officially" TRIM it. Can't hurt, right?
Any who, I'd be happy to find more alternatives to these two pieces of software. Maybe something with a bigger name behind it might hold more weight.