Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30
Well, I think TRIM works at idle rather than the logon screen, thereby making it perform better...until I garbage it up again.
GC or garbage collection is only done at idle. This is done on Samsung, OCZ, and Crucial and many other brands.
Intel may have GC on their newest Sandforce based models. I'm not sure they use GC or just the Toolbox.
I beleive they are 530 and 330.
GC requires from what I have read on most brands 30-60 minutes of idle. Of course I would say if it is in bad enough shape speed is slowed enough to be noticed during use that it would not hurt to allow two
hours of idle.
Intel 320, 520 and older models did not use GC nor need it.
GC is more complicated than TRIM as it is marking individual blocks that can be erased and reset to usable by TRIM.
TRIM usually takes 15-20 seconds.
If you have a Toolbox as Intel and Samsung they suggest using it once a week to prevent problems.
That is a basic overview.
For more details this is still the best.> Solid State Drive Primer
As always I'm not perfect. If you have better info please post a link and I will edit my post.