I've got 2 SSD questions for those that know more than me.
1) I'm running an application from an SSD and I just noticed it is frequently writing small bits of text to a log file. Sometimes it is a few minutes between entries and others it is multiple per second. As a programmer I know they could have done it in many different ways (everything from no buffering, buffered, write caches...) - it doesn't affect if the problem exists, just how big/fast it will occur. If I understand how SSD's handle writes, this can be bad - in the worse case it is multiple separate writes per second for hours at a time ... wouldn't this somewhat quickly dirty up the whole SSD? And, if left unchecked it could lead to the write performance issues and a lot of wear and tear on the SSD due to excess erase cycles (along with a lot of heat). Or am I misunderstanding things?
2) I'm still using an old vista system with the SSD (a corsair force 3). So, no trim support. I just found Corsair's SSD toolbox but a lot of its functionality doesn't work for me because of my old motherboard not supporting something. Given that, how can I restore my SSD to a clean state? Would formatting it?