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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Can you put a mSATA SSD card into a ExpressCard Slot?

Obviously some sort of adapter would be required, but is it possible to fit a mSATA card into an ExpressCard slot? Or equivalently does there exist an ExpressCard mSATA caddy or similar?
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Blue screen when trying to optimize drive

Found out that while I was away my PC had crashed ("Your PC ran into a problem...") and got the helpful tip to look for REGISTRY_ERROR. Given that I have an SSD drive, I thought of running the ...
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Cloning SSD to another SSD without having them connected to the mSATA connection simultaneously?

I’ve a SSD in my computer and I would like to clone my data and partitions on the new one. The problem is that I only have one mSATA emplacement in my computer and I need to clone the SSD without ...
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How do I know what type of hard drive interface my laptop uses?

I have a Toshiba Satelite L50-B-1LN, and I want to upgrade the hard drive to a SSD. However, I do not know what type of SSD to buy. I need to know if my laptop uses SATA 2, SATA 3, IDE, etc. How do I ...
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Is there an advantage to a good GPU for gaming and programming? [on hold]

I want to build a personal computer that will be used mainly for programming (like writing and compiling software, mostly Android custom ROMs and stuff) and some good gaming. Is there any added ...
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Swapping HD from one laptop to another - worked many times before, until now

I am a serial ThinkPad T series user. I get a new laptop, I move my drive, and I got my new computer all setup; windows finds all the new drivers etc, and all is well. Recently, I wanted to swap my ...
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Raid of single ssd

This is bit of a follow on from my previous question us HP Smart array. Is it possible to RAID a single ssd? What setting will need to give it? What benefits will I have?
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RAID 0 (striping) for Windows partition, rest in separate partition, 2 disks

I am planning to put two disks (actually SSDs, connected via M.2, does it matter?) in a system, one is 128 gb, the other is 512 gb. Is it possible to stripe/raid 0 the 128 gb disk together with the ...
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slow program response: mainly notepad++

On my Dell Notebook, I recently upgraded my RAM from 8GB to 16GB, and the secondary mSata SSD from 32GB to 512GB. First HD is magnetic. On the SSD, I got Intel Rapid Start and Intel Rapid Storage ...
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Can using a SSD speed up “grep”?

I need to use grep to parse a 50GB file, and it's very very slow on my server. I wonder if it'll be faster if I replace my server disk with SSD? Is it worth the upgrade? Thanks. Edited: This is ...
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Cloning boot ssd to a larger one

I currently have a 60gb Kingston ssdNow V300 boot drive in my desktop (windows 7). over the years it has been getting fuller and fuller and right now I got like 800mb left on it. I am afraid this ...
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Where is the hard drive on an Acer Chromebook CB5-311?

I recently had a display/main-board failure on my CB5-311 Chromebook. I wanted to give it in for warranty, but there is only replacement, not repair. So I wanted to make a backup of the hard-drive, ...
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How did my “Boot Device Not Found” error resolve itself?

This morning, I turned on my computer and got the "Boot Device Not Found" error. I restarted the PC a couple of times, but the error persisted. I finally restarted the computer and booted off of the ...
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Installed SSD, Windows says it's half full

So I just installed Windows 7 on my new 120GB Samsung SSD, everything has been working fine, except... In "Computer", where all the drives are displayed, my boot drive (the SSD) says that "60.0 GB" ...
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Why does certain files and collection of files take so long to copy?

I was copying the windows "users" folder for a friend of mine and I noticed that the 6.5GB file took unusually long to copy. The transfer rate never exceeded 5Mb/s. Also, I noticed there was an ...
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Determining average i/o file size on my computer

I'd like to see what the average data size is that my computer reads and writes to the hard drive. Many of the SSD benchmarks assume a 4K block of data, but what is my workload averages 16K? How ...
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Samsung 840 EVO: Overprovisioning, how much, where?

I have a Samsung 840 Evo 1TB. I have multiple logical partitions, the last of which is a Lenovo Recovery Partition. [Partition 1: System][Partition 2: Data][Partition 3: Recovery] I am guessing, If ...
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Unable to locate or see a hard drive

I'm decent enough on the computer but have not encountered this problem before. I currently have one SSD and two SATA hard drives on my PC. The SSD is the C: drive. Then, I have a D: and J: drive. ...
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Maximum PATA hard drive capacity for an old HP OmniBook vt6200 laptop

I’ve been searching for any clue that could tell me if this HP OmniBook vt6200 laptop has any limitations on the maximum hard drive capacity it supports. But found nothing. It’s a laptop from around ...
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My computer shuts down unexpectedly

My PC's specifications are as follows (it's a custom build) : Processor: AMD FX8350 @ stock (4Ghz) GPU: Gigabyte R7 260x 2GB 128bit Factory Overclocked @ 1625Mhz Memory and 1125Mhz Core ...
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SSD not showing up at all

Context : I had a laptop with one HDD and one SSD (Crucial m500 - 128Go) inside but the computer doesn't start anymore so I bought a new laptop (MSI Ge60 2QF) with an mSata slot for my SSD and I want ...
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Full disk encryption on Samsung 850 Pro, no UEFI

I've recently upgraded (clean install) to Windows 10 Enterprise. I installed an 850 Pro SSD at the same time. Knowing that this drive could support hardware encryption for Bitlocker, I naively ...
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Is Samsung MZ-75E250B compatible with dell inspiron 5520

I have a 3 year old Dell Inspiron 5520 laptop. I was planning on getting a samsung SSD, Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E250B/AM) I tried to find if this SSD is ...
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Some details about caching in firefox

Basically, I wanna have all cache in RAM instead of my SSD. [I have disabled 'disk cache', should I disable 'offline cache' too?] Setting browser.cache.memory.capacity to -1, I saw that it set ...
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Restore password protected SSD

I've got a broken PC which had a LITE-ON LCT-128M3S solid state drive that I would try to throw in my own PC but when I turn on the PC (Even before the opportunity to go into the BIOS ) it asks for a ...
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Why I cannot duplicate bitlocker start up key to another SSD

I uses bitlocker for my drive C. My computer can only run if I insert a flashdisk there. However, I got a problem. Basically I want to have several such flashdisks. I right click a drive select ...
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How to install Windows on a SSHD with 8GB SSD?

I've recently bought a new notebook which comes with an sshd - now I've read that the 8 GB just function as a cache for more frequently used programs. Is there anything I need to consider when setting ...
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asus-n551jk install windows boot loader on the hhd instead on ssd

I removed the dvd-rw and put in it's place the original hdd, and in the original place of the hdd I put the ssd. I tried to install windows on the ssd, but the bootlaoder for some reason always get ...
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Delay accessing my second hard disk drive

I have got a gaming laptop with Windows (10) installed on my SSD (128Go) and a second hard disk drive of 1To. (7200 rpm) My SSD does not have enough space so I decided to install some softwares on my ...
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Is pendrive durability data available? [closed]

I intend to run a Linux and a database application from pendrive. The current MLC pendrives, like Sandisk Cruzer Extreme or Kingston HyperX are good in I/O speeds, but I am wondering whether they are ...
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Is it possible to move the OS from to 1TB hard disk to a 240GB SSD?

I have an ASUS X555 notebook with 1TB hard disk. The disk has 2 visible partitions and 3 more hidden, that seem to be some sort of backup/restore for the OS. Now I want to clone the OS partition ...
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Constant BSODs from boot drive corruptions [Windows 10]

Prelude: I have ran memtest86 twice, Windows Memory Diagnostic and Intel Extreme Tuning Utility tests once with no faults or errors found. All commands in Command Prompt were ran using Admin ...
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Does the exact capacity of a HDD/SSD have a significant meaning?

Recently, I had two storages on hand: one was a relatively old 1TB Toshiba HDD, the other was a brand-new 1TB Samsung SSD. I have known for quite some time that the capacity labels can be a bit ...
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Install Windows 10 from USB to new drive fails boot

I have a laptop that came with a non-SSD drive that I have Windows 10 on. I am trying to create an installation on an SSD drive for this same machine (to eventually use as the primary boot drive--I ...
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Are PCI-E based SSDs recognized by Windows install?

I am interested in recommending these for my customers. I am an experienced computer janitor in a shop in SF. I have always recommended Sandisk/Mushkin/Samsung 3.5" SSDs for people who wish to add ...
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Trying to maximize USB3.0 speeds

New to Superuser but have really liked everything I found so far. I know there have been a lot of questions answered regarding USB3.0 speeds and I feel like I get the gist of most of it. I am ...
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Western Digital HDDs not showing up in a docking station while others do?

I recently bought a Kingwin EZ-Dock Model EZD-2535U3 so that I could use some HDDs and SSDs I had laying around for back ups. At the same time I bought a brand new Western Digital WD NAS Red 4TB HDD. ...
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Copied all folders from a secondary drive to a peripheral drive, signifigant size difference?

I recently bought a drive docking station for drives to make some back ups to drives not in my system. In my computer I currently have a 256GB SSD for my OS (Windows 7) and a 2TB HDD for storage. I ...
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MacBook Pro with Windows 10, how to check if the SSD is using AHCI?

I am running Windows 10 on a MacBook Pro early 2011 and would like to ask how to check if the SSD is using AHCI? I cannot post images, but basically the SSD software, Samsung Magic, is saying: AHCI ...
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Will upgrading to Windows 10 mess up my SSD+HDD setup?

So after about an hour of registry editing and Users folder moving, I finally set up my SSD and HDD system. I bought Windows 7 Home Premium, not knowing that it only supports 16GB of RAM when I have ...
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Should I Clean install or clone os due to a virus on old hdd?

Some time ago, my desktop got a virus that would not allow the computer to boot up completely. I believe I contracted the virus via sites such as Softonic trying to download music and video softwares. ...
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HDD Failure Connected to Other Problems?

My PC runs Windows 8.1 on an SSD, and I have a HDD as a data drive as well. On Friday night, I got home to my PC was sitting on the BIOS screen. I could immediately see that the HDD was no longer ...
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Windows 10 SSD System Reserved Partition Error

Trying to upgrade to Windows 10 on a Windows 8 Home machine and got a System Reserved Partition Error. Below is Samsung Magician: Any ideas?
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Move Linux EFI to SSD

I have a Linux Mint 17.1 EFI installed on 500GB HDD. I would like to move it to new 120GB SSD. I resized partitions to fit 120GB SSD and did "ddrescue -v --force /dev/sda /dev/sdb" from LiveUSB but ...
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Cant resume from hibernation after system disk replaced

I have Windows 7 x64. I had Samsung SSD 840 Pro as my system C drive, I cloned it to SSD 850 Pro using Acronis True Image 2015. Then I removed old drive and moved new drive to the old drive's SATA ...
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How to setup RAID with windows7 and the nForce 680i mobo

I didn't realize what a pain this would be... The plan was to: Use CloneZilla to image the original SSD to another HD that is going to be outside the new RAID array. Reconfigure the drives as: ...
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Fan running at full speed all the time after upgrading to SSD

Recently decided to upgrade my Lenovo G560 with a Samsung 850 Evo SSD. I have done a clean install on Windows 10 and the speed is immense, however my fan is constantly running. I have checked the ...
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Is SSD speed related to its storage capacity?

I remember my teacher saying something about SSD and HDD speeds: suppose you want to read data at addresses X, Y and Z, the mechanical drive has to walk through the sectors 3 times in order to ...
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How are PCI lanes used for graphics and peripherals (eg PCI-e SSD) respectively?

The Skylake architecture supports 16 PCI-E lanes from the CPU and 20 from the PCH. Are the 20 from the Z170 chipset separate from the 16 that allow the CPU to communicate with the GPU(s)? Or is the ...
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Getting windows to recognize new SSD after cloning and swapping

Today I cloned my SSD (some OCZ Vertex where Windows 10 x64 is installed) to a bigger SSD (some Crucial M500) then swapped the drives. (I followed this guide, pretty much step-by-step.) Everything ...