SSD-Ready File Systems
There are a lot of operating systems that can utilize Solid State Drives. Some of the famous ones are created by both Microsoft and Apple Inc. the first type of Operating System is Linux. Recently, Linux created SSD-Ready File Systems that support a function called TRIM version 2.6.33. TRIM functions allow ext4 files to work when mounted over “discard” parameters. Once the Operating System is in its installation phase, the SSD would be set up to its proper installation and alignment area. Several other disk utilities are also installed by Linux that would support Solid State Ready File Systems. Aside from Linux, Mac OS X can also support Solid State Drives particularly TRIM. In fact, it is also accepted to run other support programs for TRIM that is not earlier that version 10.6.8.
Most Microsoft Operating Systems are also Solid-state Drive- Ready File Systems compatible. Windows XP has a configuration setting that allows the user to control and align the Solid State Drive with the motherboard. In fact, XP also supports Intel Chipset Drivers to be installed so that the SSDs would run at optimum range. Windows 7 can also support Solid State Drives as well as traditional disk drives. Standard OS installation has a setting that enables the SSD to run differently than in standard drives. Aside from the alignment, Windows 7 will also automatically disable programs that are not compatible with the SSD such as Superfetch, Disk Defragmentation tools and ReadyBoost. In terms of files, TRIM utilizes a setting that reduces garbage of data that the OS no longer needs. This means that lesser files that are deleted are filtered thoroughly.
Previous versions of Windows as well as other Operating Systems can also use SSDs. For instance, Vista can be used for Solid State Drives yet most of the programs for that Operating System are not allowed. Some programs that would be dangerous for the SSDs include Disk Defrager, because it would cause tearing and write wear of the drive, as well as Superfetch, which can also cause tearing of the drive. Both programs should be disabled manually if the user would be suing Windows XP or Vista. For the ZFS Operating System, Solaris Version 10 has a special setting for SSDs. Users can use level 2 ARC. Most programs for the ZFS would also run better when Solid State Drives are installed. Aside from ZFS, FreeBSD also allows the TRIM and UFS commands.