A solid-state drive (SSD) is a data storage device that uses solid-state memory to store persistent data with the intention of providing access in the same manner of a traditional block i/o hard disk drive.

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Viability of using a USB drive as an extra disk

I'm mainly talking about the speed here. I have a 120GB SSD installed in my laptop and I'm loving it. However, 120GB is really size prohibitive. My other slot is filled with a 1TB HDD so it's not an ...
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Swap Windows and Linux hard drives

Following situation: I have a laptop with a SSD and a HDD in it. Windows 8.1 is installed on the SSD The HDD holds a data partition Some weeks ago is tried to work with Linux an installed it at ...
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How does SSD achieve wear-leveling when disk is near-full?

I'm trying to understand this. Say I have a 256GB SSD, 180GB of which are already occupied by permanent files (OS, installed programs etc.). The remaining 70GB or so gets new files created and ...
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Freeing up space on SSD

I have a 120GB SSD with basically only the system (Win7) installed on it and yet I'm having really hard time maintaining enough free space to install one game and leave the recommended 20% of space ...
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Which piece of hardware in my desktop is failing?

Almost 2 years ago I built a custom desktop. This week it seems to be becoming inoperable. It's a dual boot system capable of booting to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. When I sat down at it the other ...
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Boot from mini PCI-E SSD Hard Drive?

Not sure if anyone has attempted this before, so if you don't know for sure, please don't answer. I have the Acer Aspire One A0531h with 3G. It has two mini pci-e slots. One has the wifi adapter and ...
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GRUB shows up unexpectedly when booting after CMOS Reset

Basically, my computer has 3 hard drives. 2 HDDs, 1 SSD. Years ago, I installed a Linux partition on one of the HDDs, but decided to move back to solely using Winodws(gaming pc) and removed Linux from ...
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Why can't an acer aspire XC-703 turn on without his hard drive?

I received an Acer Aspire XC-703 and i tried to sobstitute the included 500GB hard drive with a 32GB SSD. But the pc won't even turn on (power led off, cpu fan stuck at max rpm, no video output) when ...
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Install ubuntu on ssd disk fail

I have just bought a SSD to update my old laptop. However I cannot install lubuntu on it, it stops and keeps repeating the same messages ata3: hard resetting link ata3: SATA link up 1,5 Gbps (SStatus ...
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Will device-based “wear leveling” equalize access across both SSD partitions?

I can’t see that my specific point is covered by the “Wear Levelling” section in the answer to the earlier question Disadvantages of partitioning an SSD? I’ve been booting Windows 7 from a 32GB SSD ...
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Can Windows 7 OS on harddrive use SSD for prefetch (SuperFetch)?

I have a Windows 7 computer with a primary drive being conventional 1 TB hard drive. I have installed an additional 128 GB SSD which I use to keep some of my frequently used data and applications. I ...
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SSD with Bitlocker not booting after CMOS being cleared

I have a HP Envy with Windows 8 installed on a SSD. The drive is encrypted with BitLocker. Today, I disassembled my laptop to clean the fans. After putting it back together and turning it on, I got a ...
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removing sensitive data from laptop (ssd drive) before sending to support

Here is my problem. My computer has a screen problem and needs to be sent to the manufacturer's support desk. However I have some private files on the computer I dont want the support to (possibly) ...
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Going silent: will an SSD with a newer but 'slower' CPU run as fast? [closed]

I currently have a relatively old (2009) Shuttle XPC with an AMD Phenom X2 550 3.10GHz and 2 SATA HDD drives. I use it as my work computer, usually running a couple of browsers, XAMPP, 2 or 3 ...
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SSD cache, SRT, Raid 0 : speeding up my C drive

I have a Z97 rig and I'm interested in speeding up my disk drives. This is my current setup: 1) 240GB SSD for main disk 2) 500GB hard drive for User Files 3) 120GB for photo editing (I move files ...
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Getting Intel Rapid Storage to work

This question is strongly related to this one. I experience the same problem. Unfortunately the proposed solution of removing the SSD disc (disc1) via disc manager gives the following error: "Cannot ...
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What steps should I take when upgrading my PC with an SSD?

I'm planning on upgrading my PC with an SSD. I currently have a 1 TB HDD, and I'm planning on installing a 512 GB SSD. I am also planning to do a clean slate install: I won't be transfering my current ...
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After cloning a Windows 8.1 drive to SSD, it failed to boot using a Latitude E5500 laptop [closed]

This is more of a status report more than a question because I fixed the problem using the answer to a relevant question on this website on https://superuser.com/a/513746/436197. After cloning the ...
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SSD Not Detected - Fallback on EFI Shell

Want to assess what are the odds of a hardware failure in a particular case. I have a laptop with an Intel SSD (160GB). I just installed Windows 8.1 on it and all was working fine, up until the point ...
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How Do I Properly Disable Intel SRT & Remove the SSD Cache Drive?

I bought a Dell XPS 8700 which comes with a 2TB HDD paired with a 32GB SSD cache drive using Intel's SRT technology. I'd like to install a new 512GB SSD for the OS and use the separate 2TB HDD as a ...
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SSD not detected in Windows and BIOS

I have an Intel 530 ssd on my Asus Q550LF, and one more HDD, the one that came with laptop. SSD is connected instead optical drive. When I try to install windows on SSD partition, there is none! ...
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How to check if an attached SSD device is SATA or PCIe on Linux?

I have a machine with both SATA and PCIe SSDs attached. Is there a set of Linux commands (on Ubuntu or CentOS) that I can use to check if a given SSD is SATA or PCIe?
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Windows 8.1 fullscreen apps close immediately after opening

All windows 8.1 fullscreen apps (pc settings, windows store etc) just switch back to the desktop whenever I open them. They don't load at all.
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Using a disk duplicator to copy multiple source disks to a single target disk

I know a disk duplicator(1:1) does a blind sector by sector copy, but if I put two disks together in a hardware JBOD enclosure, could I then remove each disk and place them one at a time in a disk ...
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Lenovo g565 not booting with ssd

I got a lenovo g565 and I bougt a intenso 120gb SSD. I installed Windows 7 which didnt make any problems what so ever. But as soon as I try to boot there was only a underslash blinking. I tried to ...
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Can I use an external ssd on a 2014 1.4ghz mac mini to run Photo Shop and Light Room

I got the computer for my girlfriend who does photography for a hobby. She has a 24.1 megapixel camera and I'm worried that transferring and developing pictures that size will be slow. Will running ...
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how do I format my SSD plugged in as external

I have an SSD plugged in as an external drive through some sort of an adapter, what I'm wondering is how do I format that drive when I'm running a HDD right now? Do I just right click on the drive and ...
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Copy data from 1TB SSD to 2TB HDD [with speed/cost constraints]

I have data being recorded to an external 1TB SDD at a rate of ~2GB/min. This occurs for multiple consecutive hours until the drive is full. Once that happens, the data needs to be offloaded to the ...
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Why would I choose a SATA SSD over an on-board mSATA SSD and vice versa?

The motherboard I am going to use to build my new computer with has an on-board mSATA port for an SSD. How is this different then a regular SATA SSD? What are the advantages and disadvantages of using ...
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Low speed on an 850 Pro RAID-0 array

I recently bought two Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSDs in order to replace an old SSD and build a RAID-0 array on my PC. So, the configuration of the PC is the following: CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU X ...
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Move Windows 8.1 to SSD drive and use both disks

I recently bought an SSD and now my laptop has HDD and SSD (using caddy). I used partition wizard to clone drive C:\ to SSD and also clone preserved partition. Now when i reboot, old windows loads ...
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Recovering SSDs [duplicate]

I accidentally started DBAN on the wrong drives... I have a raid 0 setup with SSDs and an extra HDD that I intended to erase using DBAN. The problem is, I started it in automatic mode without thinking ...
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When connecting an HDD to a different computer, are non-system partitions accessible?

My hard drive consists of two partitions: C:, the system partition containing Windows 8.1 and my programs, D:, a regular partition where I put all my documents and files. I plan to buy an ...
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Do I need to upgrade my Intel SATA AHCI controller drivers?

I have an ASUS P8P67M Rev 3.0 and a OCZ Vertex II SATA 2 SSD running Windows 7 x64. I will be upgrading the SSD to a Samsung 850 EVO SATA 3. I've read in several sites that in order to get the ...
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Transfer hard drive from amd processor to intel processor laptop Windows8.1

I am trying to transfer an ssd from a Pavilion with an amd processor to a dell xsp m1710 since it is laying around but on load the screen is black. I thought it was filing related based on the ssd ...
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2.75 mm SSD in HDD case?

I have this SSD It appears to have a 2.75 mm height. I want to buy a mSata USB case to turn it into an external drive, but I cannot find a case that mentions these dimensions. Will this work with ...
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Almost succeeding Moving Windows 7 to an SSD from Hard Disk without reinstalling

I am trying to do so and I am almost able to do so. This is how I did it Install windows on the ssd. Then, if I reboot, the SSD suddenly becomes drive C Run command prompt from windows ...
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Blinking white underscore while booting

Recently I have reformatted my Corsair Neutron Series™ GTX 480GB SATA 3 6Gb/s SSD because it just stopped working; I tried to do it with the Corsair toolbox and it didn't work, I also tried with my ...
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How to troubleshoot cyclically slow SSD writes (it's like a sine wave)

I recently built a machine from some older parts, including an Intel 80gb SSD and 5400 rpm hard drive. I installed Windows 10 Technical Preview and have observed decent performance overall, but when ...
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The best practice to migrate to an SSD and add Ubuntu

First some details. I am running Windows 7 on a laptop. I've cut my C: drive down to ~100gb, and have a 250g SSD which I will replace my internal HDD. I would also like to install Ubuntu on the SSD. ...
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Intel SSD (330) is awfully slow

My Intel 330 SSD is really slow compared to the advertised and most average speeds. Running Intels SSD drive toolbox I ran their optimization, and according to the system tuner ready boost, DIPM ...
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SSD not booting on an HP Pavilion HPE-H9 running Windows 7

I’m on Windows 7 and my PC is an HP Pavilion HPE-H9 and I just recently got a 500GB Samsung SSD. I used the data migration tool that comes with the CD to copy my data over onto the SSD. I got into my ...
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How to switch from SSD to HD in Windows 8.1?

I'm on the verge of giving up on this. I thought I would pose the question since I haven't found any answers and some other poor soul might run into a similar challenge. How do you configure Windows ...
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Which partition manager to use for dual-boot Windows, Linux on SSD? [closed]

I have Windows 8.1 and Linux Mint dual boot (Grub) on an SSD disk. I want to resize Windows partition to take less space and give it to Linux. I don't want to mess up my computer, so I wanted to ask ...
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Leveraging Raid 0 with SDD and Traditional Hard Drive

I am considering rebuilding my Ubuntu 14.04 setup and have a system with the OS currently on a 256 GB SSD and 2x 1TB HDD. I was looking at setting up a Raid 0 or stripe with the SSD and one of the 1 ...
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Win7, 64bit. SSD 100GB of unknown used space [duplicate]

I running Windows7, 64bit. I have a Crucial 240GB that has over 100GB of unknown used space. I have done disk cleanup which gained 2 GB. I have looked at hidden system files which add up to 7 GB. ...
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SSD drive only only connects with one SATA to USB adapter?

I have a SSD which I thought was dead that doesn't work at home when i connect it to 2 different SATA to USB adapters. The only time it works is when I connect the SSD to a SATA to USB adapter at ...
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Thinkpad Edge E520 optical drive interface speed

I would like to install an SSD into my E520 using a Caddy bay. Is the optical bay's interface slower than the HDD's? Where should I install the SSD?
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My hard drive is hanging for a couple seconds at a time

I just got a new laptop (an MSI ghost). It has a 128 GB SSD and a 1 TB HDD. Everything's fine with the solid state drive, but the hard drive hangs for a couple seconds at a time. The most obvious ...
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Why doesn't OneDrive autostart or autosync?

since I first used onedrive in windows 8.1 the sync engine skydrive.exe has never autostarted with windows or autosynced. it started only after i started the onedrive app FileManager.exe and synced ...