I have an OCZ Agility 2 SSD with 40 GB of space. I use it as a system drive in Debian Linux ("Squeeze") and in my opinion it's really fast. I've read a lot on aligning partitions and file systems, and I'm not sure if I succeeded in aligning the partitions correctly. Maybe the SSD could be even faster?
I use ext4 and here is the output of
Disk /dev/sda: 40.0 GB, 40018599936 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4865 cylinders, total 78161328 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes Disk identifier: [...] Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 * 2048 73242623 36620288 83 Linux /dev/sda2 73244670 78159871 2457601 5 Extended /dev/sda5 73244672 78159871 2457600 82 Linux swap / Solaris
My partitions were created just by the Debian Squeeze setup assistant. So I didn't care about the details of partitioning. But now I think that maybe the installer didn't align it correctly? Actually,
2048 looks good to me (better than odd values like 63 or something like that) but I've no idea.
According to some "SSD Alignment Calculator" I found on the web, the OCZ SSDs have a NAND Erase Block Size of 512kB and their NAND Page Size is 4kB.
2048 is divisible by 4 and 512. So are the partitions aligned correctly?