I have gotten a little SSD that I am using for my PCLOS install on new build. I am recycling a SATA HD for cursed windows XP which I am doomed to carry from build to build forever it seems. Like Jacob Marley's ghost and his chains.
Anyhoo - I am reading up on installing my new little drive and of course everything pertains to windows and windows utilities blah blah. I am assuming I don't need samsung magician software on the windows side since this is going to be strictly linux on the drive and no windows files system will be tainting it as windows won't even see it (take that windows
What is preferred way to format a SSD in linux and am I right in assuming that ext4 would be the best file system for it? I could use my gparted liveCD, right? I hate to say I have had less than smooth experience with diskdrake (what comes with PCLOS?) I am just not as familiar with the interface and have had a couple of goofs that I am sure are my own fault but well, I can't hurt anything with gparted, can I? It is blank drive so I don't think I could. I used to use cfdisk in debian before I discovered gparted and if there is some advantage I have missed let me know.
I am also wondering about if I have to do anything to make happy safe environment for an SSD in linux. I have read about TRIM and putting 'discard' at the end of line in fstab. I don't think linux does any defragging I would have to turn off. There is also this "aligning" thing that I THOUGHT was just a windows thing but turns out not http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showthread.php?54379-Linux-Tips-tweaks-and-alignment&p=373226#post373226
admittedly over my head. Prefetch, superfectch? That anything like prelink in linux?
In windows the mfrs put out software to do all these things so in linux I am on my own except for this wonderful community here and what I can figure out from googling. As I understand it these SSDs die fast (under XP at least) if they don't have all their little bits and bytes set up the right way and I don't want mine to meet a premature death due to my forever noobness with linux.