What is TRIM and Garbage Collection? How are they related? Will TRIM work in XP, Vista or Linux?
Over time, most of the storage locations or NAND flash memory cells on an SSD get written to. When NAND flash memory is written to again, they need to be conditioned in order to accept new data. This can cause a delay and is seen as a reduction in drive performance. Garbage collection is a function built into a SSD that reconditions empty storage locations so when new data is written to the drive, there are locations on the SSD ready to accept data.
Although Garbage Collection function is built into most SSD drives, some drives, like Axiom Signature SSD drives perform data management better than others. Aside from Axiom advanced SSD controller that provides intelligent “recycling” or “garbage collection” for advanced free space management, TRIM provides additional data management by letting the operating system tell the drive when to perform this function. At this time, only Windows 7, Server 2008, MacOS 10.7 and newer versions of Linux use TRIM.
All Axiom Signature SSDs are TRIM compatible.