deltamind Posted December 13, 2010 Share Posted December 13, 2010 I need some advice on using a swap/pagefile on an SSD device. We have standardized on the Corsair Nova V32 SSD for our embedded linux solution, and are assembling our Linux distribution for this system. The question comes up as to whether or not to use a swap partition on the SSD. A quick Google search reveals that some people swear against doing that because you will prematurely wear out your drive. Other people say that the wear-leveling algorithms nowadays are good enough that you can safely use swap on an SSD without a significant degradation of lifetime. Usually a page file is on a fixed & contiguous location on the disk. This brings up the question of whether or not the wear-leveling algorithms are able to move the page file's sectors around to effectively spread the writes out over the entire drive. Does any know the answer to this? Is there an equivalent to the "SSD-life" application for Linux so we can test how the life of the drive is progressing with and without a swap partition? Does Corsair have an official statement on whether or not using swap/page files on their SSDs is recommended? Thanks in advance for any help you can provide. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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