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Are there still good reasons to "preconditioning" your SSD, especially before doing benchmark? And if so, why? Today we have better SSDs and almost all system-configurations support TRIM.

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  • Found this note in regards to read benchmark and new disks: "..reads might won't make it all the way to the nand if the mapping table is empty" (spinics.net) – MrCalvin Oct 31 '20 at 13:14
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The answer is yes. The professional way of benchmarking an SSD is described.

Before a benchmark is done, if not brand new, the SSD has to be purged to put it into a state that is as close as possible to fresh out of the box. This is usually done by a manufacturer utility that can TRIM/erase the whole disk.

The second step is to apply a workload repeatedly to the SSD, while monitoring its performance, until performance results get into stable state where the repetitions don’t fluctuate by too much.

When the SSD is in a stable condition, the benchmark should be run immediately, not giving time to the firmware to do any garbage collection that will affect future results.

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  • Are you saying it's all about a full-disk-trim, which I always do and can be done by blkdiscard -v /dev/xx on linux). It was my understanding there were more to it, like writing the whole disk one or multiple times with data for some reason? – MrCalvin Oct 31 '20 at 11:36
  • I'm saying that after TRIM the state of the disk is abnormal and a benchmark would be unrealistic. The above procedure aims for a realistic state. – harrymc Oct 31 '20 at 12:32

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