I am nearing the end of my first build. Everthing is fine so far, except I'm getting bogged down with information overload with my new SSD. I've spent a good part of the day researching how to handle, both here on the forum and googling.
I have a brand new 60gb SSD and 2tb hard drive, along with everything else brand-spanking new. I've heard about the issues with SSD's and what to do about degradation. Where I am getting hung up is aligning the SSD. Here in the forum and elsewhere, I have found good how-to's, but I want to check - again - that this is important to do. I've seen a few posts that say it isn't necessary, and a lot that say it is.
If it is a worthy action to take to align, the one how-to I read that seems easy to follow talks about using gparted to do the aligning. I put in the kde livecd, and I don't see it there.
The other thing I wanted to check with this SSD is what firmware version it has. How can I do that with the livecd? If it needs updating, how would I go about that? I downloaded the firmware update file from Patriot (a .ffp file of 335mb) and an updater.exe. How would I do this?
Most are in agreement that you shouldn't put /home on the SSD, but can it be done without all my personal data (docs, videos, music)? This way I can have both / and /home without data on there?
I've read that btrfs would be good with the SSD, but I see it may be a little quirky still. Ext4 then instead?
Lastly, I haven't done any hibernating in a while with my computer, but maybe I should. With that in mind, how much swap should I have if I have 8gb RAM and do some video editing here and there? (i5 2500k - ASUS P8Z68-V Pro/gen3 - GeForce GTX550Ti)
Sorry for all the questions, but I'm antsy to finish up and see the end result.