So, I just ordered a MX550 for my netbook because the 5400rpm drive is gonna die sometime soon.
I know that under Windows you have to activate TRIM and deactivate hybernation and some other stuff. How does this work in Linux? (the netbook is an Acer Aspire One D257 and the BIOS version is 1) System BIOS version V1.06 and 2) the VGA BIOS version is Intel V2036, if that helps).
PS: I have installed and used for a bit Ubuntu (hated it), MInt 17 and Fedora 21 (currently using with Gnome 3.14) but I'm not very familiar with Linux.
btw, I'm not really sure if this belongs here or in the HDD/SSD section.
trim and performance: add "noatime,discard" to the parameter is fstab. Some distros provide a GUI for that, but on most distros, it has to be added manually. Don't add it to boot and swap partitions. It's almost never enabled by default, to my knowledge Manjaro is the only distro that tries to automate it, but then it still has to be verified.
You said your not tech savvy so don't migrate.. Unless you know what your doing because things can go crazy.. That being said.. Always before editing fstab go ahead and use to cp command in the terminal to copy it to an easy backup location.. then make your changes so when you screw up you can access it via grub rescue and copy the backed up config back and boot up properly..
Add noatime and the discard flags to yourpartition.
IF YOU ONLY HAVE AN SSD
Consider enabling zram there are plenty of tutorials.. It basically allows you to compress your system memory to allow more to fit in there and less to the swap partition on an ssd only system.. It will hit your CPU duty cycles a bit but you'll be okay and it might help on low memory systems e.g below 3 GB systems with solid state disks..
Thanks, that's very helpful! I'm still not really comfortable using the terminal because I don't really know that those commands mean (so I can just type them in and trust that nothing bad will happen).
Would you recommend doing the method with tune2fs? On the page you posted it says that this way is discouraged.