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August 24, 2014 1:21:51 AM

hello and good day tom's hardware, I have a question regarding the Samsung SSD magician over provisioning can it hurt the SSD? if used then you decide to undo it does this harm its life span or performance? thank you in advance
August 24, 2014 2:37:16 AM

hello yoji thank you for responding, but if you do it then decide to unnalocate that space often can it harm the ssd?
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August 24, 2014 2:55:25 AM

Skormthemage said:
hello yoji thank you for responding, but if you do it then decide to unnalocate that space often can it harm the ssd?


No.. it wont "harm" the SSD in a physical sense.. without the over provisioning the SSD will then start to perform worse (and get progressively worse over time) until the over provisioning is made available again.

It would probably impact the life of the SSD ... as it tries to do its internal management without the space it needs.. probably means it does more work.. so shortens its ultimate life.

I don't know how bad the performance would ultimately get.. but its a bit of a moot point (IMHO).. Samsung say it needs it.. so why would not not do it? Its like a car manufacturer saying its car engine really works well with oil in it... why would you even consider trying to run your car without oil?
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August 24, 2014 2:58:43 AM

its not so much why not do it as it is , a question of doing it to much, like say your someone that gets really close to that storage limit and constantly swaps it out that wont compromise the ssd is what im asking . Thank you for your patience with me by the way I really appreciate it:) 
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August 24, 2014 4:21:30 AM

Skormthemage said:
its not so much why not do it as it is , a question of doing it to much, like say your someone that gets really close to that storage limit and constantly swaps it out that wont compromise the ssd is what im asking . Thank you for your patience with me by the way I really appreciate it:) 


Well - I think the recommendation is 10% for Samsung.. so if you saying you want to contract it to 5% which you mess around and the expand back to 10%.. I don't think that would have any long term detrimental impact on the life of the SSD..
But TBH.. I have a Samsung SSD.. I gave it the 10%.. and now I just completely forget about it.. as far as I am concerned the drive is now <size - 10%> and I treat that as a hard limit..
But I am organised.. so I wont ever let it get to the point where I have to make such compromises. and micro managing it sounds like a complete PITA..

If you do compromise.. you will be impacting the ultimate life of the drive.. but going from 10% to 5% prob wont impact much at all.. going for 5% to 2% would be more of an impact.. and going 0% may have quite a big impact.

So if you worried about life.. set it up as recommended and don't mess.. if the space is more important... you can mess.. but the more you compromise.. the more the impact. Exactly where the boundaries of space vs impact are .. who knows? . well Samsung probably do.. which is why the recommend 10%..

Anyway - we done this to death now.. good luck in whatever you chose.
Cheers

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