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Optimizing Linux Mint for the solid state drive SSD

Optimizing Linux Mint for the solid state drive SSD

Installing Linux Mint on SSD get super-fast boot time (about 8 seconds), the computer shuts down in about 5 seconds. In this article I will tell you how to optimally configure the system to work on the SSD.

Sorry for the spelling and phonetic errors in the text.
Owner and main writer of MintGuide.org is not a native English speaker.

On my laptop has 2 physical disk. The first SSD 64 GB, the second HDD 1 terabyte.
Linux Mint I have as follows
section /root on SDD
The /home section on HDD
The system boots very quickly, and all the large files and user settings are stored on a separate hard drive, which is very convenient.


no longer relevant for latest distr


Before enabling TRIM, you must make sure:

  • you're using the Linux Kernel 2.6.33 or newer
  • your SSD supports TRIM
  • the partition(s) are EXT4 or BTRFS*

1. So first turn on TRIM (chief technology designed to extend the life and to distribute the load SSD.)

Check whether your SSD drive technology TRIM

sudo hdparm -I /dev/sda | grep "TRIM supported"

Where "/dev/sda" is the solid-state drive (it may be /dev/sdb, /dev/sdc, etc. for you) To find the path to your SDD type the command df

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When you see the sign the same as in the picture, then can use this technology.

We will use a secure (recommended) way to enable TRIM (gedit replace on the editor you use, for example in the desktop environment Mate will pluma)

sudo gedit /etc/cron.daily/trim

Paste the following content:

echo "*** $(date -R) ***" >> $LOG
fstrim -v / >> $LOG
fstrim -v /home >> $LOG

The last two commands in the code above perform the actual trimming for the /root and /home partition and you need to edit them: here, add the SSD partitions for which you want to enable the daily TRIM job (usually, you must add "/" if the root partition is on the SSD and "/home" if you've set up a separate home partition).

Since I have a /home partition is on the HDD drive, I removed the last line.

Now make the file executable with the following command:

sudo chmod +x /etc/cron.daily/trim

Now Linux Mint is every day to do the TRIM.

2. By default, after each opening of the file - system leaves the timestamp of the last open - unnecessary write operations. Cure just add in fstab before setting errors=remount-ro 0

a couple of options - relatime,nodiratime First allows to record only the modification time (sometimes it is necessary for the stable operation of some programs), the second cancels the write time access to directories. In principle, instead relatime can be put noatime that nothing will update.

sudo gedit /etc/fstab

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Further, it is worth remembering that our Limux Mint loves to record a variety of logs. And either transfer them to the HDD, or to keep in RAM until the system is rebooted. I believe that if your home is not the server, then the optimal second option, and realized he added in fstab

sudo gedit /etc/fstab

the following lines

tmpfs /tmp tmpfs defaults 0 0
tmpfs /var/tmp tmpfs defaults 0 0
tmpfs /var/lock tmpfs defaults 0 0

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3. Configure /etc/sysctl.conf

the kernel will save the data waiting to be written to disk, and burn them or if necessary, or upon expiration of the timeout.

sudo gedit /etc/sysctl.conf

and add parameters to the end of the file:

# vm.laptop_mode = 5 The write-back mode is enabled
vm.laptop_mode = 5
# vm.dirty_writeback_centisecs = 6000 time. I.e. 100 units = 1 second, default is 60 seconds
vm.dirty_writeback_centisecs = 6000
# vm.swappiness=10 Priority for the use of swap. The parameter controls the percentage of free memory which will start swapping.

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4. Changing I/O scheduler

To work with SSD drive is more suitable scheduler noop. First, let's check what kind of planner you have included:

cat /sys/block/sda/queue/scheduler

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In brackets shows the scheduler that you have installed at the moment. If this is not a noop - fix it.

To change I/O scheduler, which was once a need for better positioning of the HDD heads. To do this, go into the config GRUB /etc/default/grub

sudo gedit /etc/default/grub

In the opened file, look for the option GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT. By default, there is only "quiet splash". Will next add "elevator=noop". I got the following:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash elevator=noop"

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After these manipulations do not forget to update GRUB:

sudo update-grub

5. Transfer the browser cache to RAM

Use the profile-sync-daemonSymlinks and syncs browser profile dirs to RAM thus reducing HDD/SDD calls and speeding-up browsers.

Works for the following browsers:

  • Chromium
  • Conkeror
  • Epiphany
  • Firefox (stable, beta, and aurora)
  • Firefox-trunk (this is an Ubuntu-only browser: http://www.webupd8.org/2011/05/install-firefox-nightly-from-ubuntu-ppa.html)
  • Google Chrome (stable, beta, and dev)
  • Heftig's version of Aurora (this is an Arch Linux-only browser: https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=117157)
  • Icecat (GNU version of Firefox)
  • Iceweasel (Debian version of Firefox)
  • Luakit
  • Midori
  • Opera, Opera-Beta and Opera-Developer
  • Otter-browser
  • Palemoon
  • QupZilla
  • Rekonq
  • Seamonkey
  • Vivaldi-browser and Vivaldi-browser-snapshot
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graysky/utils
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install profile-sync-daemon

open the configuration file /etc/psd.conf:

sudo gedit /etc/psd.conf

Then find the line USERS="And in quotation marks, enter the name of your user. You can enter multiple users, most importantly, put a space between them.

You can also directly specify which browsers you want to accelerate. Line #BROWSERS="". Uncomment and add your browsers separated by spaces.

Save all changes and restart the computer

sudo reboot

Good Luck!!!


Tags: ssd trim

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  1. Drumsal
    Hallo Shekin and thank you for your tips. Just a couple of doubts: I have a traditional HDD, but I use this optimization to speed up my poor old netbook, to which I added 4 more GB of have icreased RAM.
    I tried to mount in RAM the lock directory, but Mint refused to start. I had to edit by nano the fstab file, comment this line and everything went ok. I placed in RAM the /var/log directory instead, without any negative effect.
    2nd question: I installed the profile-sync-daemon, but I can't find the /etc/psd.conf file.
    Thank you in advance for your attention.
    1. Shekin
      I wouldn't optimize your laptop as you doing it. Install the latest version of Linux mint (preferably XCFE) and you will have nothing else do not touch. Maybe take some tips from here.
      x64 Linux Mint 18 cinnamon
      1. Drumsal
        First, thank you for your quick answer. I already have Mint 18 Cinnamon installed. My doubts are because M18 seems actually less "smooth" than M17. In fact, in this period, in which I'm not having much time to test, I was wondering to come back to the old release. I don't know if XFCE could improve the performance of my netbook, since, as I said before, I have a lot of RAM. I'd like to hear you about it. Thank you again!
        1. Shekin
          I was advised to XFCE because netbooks usually use this working environment. Requires less computer resources to work. Therefore works faster on slower computers. RAM is good, but it's not all that important for performance.
          x64 Linux Mint 18 cinnamon
          1. Drumsal
            Ok, Shekin, after taking a long investigation I found the issue!
            It's not related to Mint itself, but my feeling of slack was only due to firefox. I don't really know what kind of changes Mozilla did in the browser in the last 2 releases, but, after installing a desktop applet, I found that CPU was quite always at 100%. So I switched to Chromium and the CPU usage dramatically decreased. I'm really sad in saying this, since I've been using FF for almost 15 years and the chromium available extensions are not comparable to ff ones, but that's it! Of course my netbook did not transform itself in an I7 monster, but I can work again smoothly.
            Thank you for all!
  2. Shekin
    no longer relevant
    x64 Linux Mint 18 cinnamon
    1. Joe Deasy
      Thanks, that was very helpful. I'm glad I didnt follow these instructions.
      so, what IS relevant to Mint 18?
  3. holodoc1967
    same here.

    look here: http://lifehacker.com/5687850/speed-up-firefox-by-moving-your-cache-to-ram-no-r
  4. siawacsh
    I just went through these steps to optimize my Kingston Hyper X Savage SSD. I also have another copy of Mint 17.2 on my disk drive. On reboot the grub menu had removed my kingston from the list. So I can only boot into the Mint on my disk drive. Looks like I am going to have to reinstall the OS on my SSD. I would appreciate some help on this.

    This file was on my Mint 17.2 was empty /etc/sysctl.conf AND so was this /etc/psd.conf
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