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Re: [opensuse] Added INFO, SSD tuning; was: SSD and smartctl: Percentage ...
On Sat, Jul 6, 2013 at 12:34 PM, Rajko <rmatov101@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Of course if you use hibernation that will tax swap space, but when one
is worn out, after say 2000 writes, you can use different part of the
disk that wasn't used that much and repeat that as long as remain disk
capacity is sufficient for your needs.

That is handled transparently by the wear-leveling algorithm. ie.
every time you write data to a SSD data block it picks from the
available EB (erase blocks) the one with the least number of writes.
I don't the process is perfect due to various design tradeoffs, but
that is the goal at least.

The other part of the story is the garbage collector which has the job
of going through the partially used EBs and consolidating them to free
EBs. When it does this the formally used EBs are erased and added to
the stack of available for writing EBs.

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