2 Replies Latest reply on Feb 16, 2010 8:25 AM by Fernando

    Should I leave some spare space?

    caesarv

      I am building a new computer for work and it will have two x25M-G2 80GB drives in a RAID1 configuration. I have updated the firmware so that I will have TRIM supported, but I realize that TRIM will not (currently) work for RAID.  I am using an Asus P7P55D-E Pro and will be using Win7 64.

       

      I have read that it is beneficial to leave some space on the drive for longevity purposes.  My question is this: Is there any significant diference between these two scenarios?

      1.  I partition only 64GB of the drive and leave the rest unpartitioned

      2.  I make the largest partion possible (about 76GB), but never use more than about 64GB.

       

      And finally, do I need to (or should I) install the Intel RST Drivers?

      Thanks

      CV

        • 1. Re: Should I leave some spare space?
          stamatisx

          Yes TRIM does not work with RAID, so the best you can do is to use the whole disk (do not create a smaller partition and leave unallocated space) and try to have at least 10 GB free. Unfortunately, you will have after a while to unRAID the disks and clean them seperately to restore them to their initial performance state.

           

          Unfortunately, I cannot help you with the RST drivers since I haven't used them.

          • 2. Re: Should I leave some spare space?
            Fernando

            caesarv schrieb:

             

            do I need to (or should I) install the Intel RST Drivers?

            You don't need to install the Intel RST drivers, but I do recommend it, because they are optimized for being used with Intel SSD's running Win7 (32/64bit).

            The currently best RST driver for me and my Intel RAID system (ICH10R with 2x160 GB Intel Postville SSD's as RAI0) is v9.5.6.1001.