FreeBSD and SSD drives

David Brodbeck gull at
Mon Feb 14 23:17:51 UTC 2011

On Sun, Feb 13, 2011 at 10:12 AM, Frank Shute <frank at> wrote:
> Agreed. I posted my short experience of using an SSD as a workstation
> drive and I'd be interested in hearing the experience of any other
> users. Problems? Praise? Let's hear it.

While not quite a workstation application, in a previous job I helped
maintain industrial PCs that booted cut-down Windows 95 installs off
of 128 megabyte CompactFlash cards.  As SSDs go this was pretty
primitive stuff.  We had very few problems with this setup.  This was
just FAT, no special SSD support.

I also have a netbook with an SSD I've used heavily for the last three
years with no problems.  My only complaint about that one is the write
performance is rather slow, it being an SSD optimized for power
consumption instead of speed.

I would be curious to hear stories from people who actually *have* run
into SSD failures related to write limitations.  I've heard a lot of
speculation but no actual anecdotes.  I'm sure they're out there; but
I also know people are more likely to complain when things go wrong
than talk about things going right, so my suspicion is it must be

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