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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OS vs “Code Base” on SSD vs HDD

I have a HDD and also a SSD in my Windows computer. Also I have a C++ code base that spend nearly one hour to compile. I'm keeping the code base in my HDD and installed the OS in SSD. But I have seen ...
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How to diagnose erratic system slowness?

My 3yo macbook pro has been having these hiccups recently. I'm trying to figure out a way to diagnose the problem. Brief specs: pre-retina MBP, SSD, running Win7. It's been working fine for years. ...
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Using Samsung Magician to Secure Erase an 840 EVO

I've wiped HDDs using Active Kill Disk and it takes quite some time. I ran Samsung Magician "Secure Erase" on my SSD and it completed almost instantaneously. Is this normal? Do they just change a key ...
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Windows 8.1 after migration to SSD looks for components on the wrong drive

weird situation: after I have migrated my Win 8.1 OS to new SSD I can't run certain operations as for example "Create Recovery Drive". Every time I try to start that I get error message "Windows ...
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PC Started getting very slow, stopped booting

On Thursday I was using my PC like normal, bit of work, bit of gaming, no performance issues. About 7PM I went to load a game I'd played earlier in the day and it wouldn't load. I tried a couple of ...
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My system is not listing boot-able USB device in BIOS boot device list

I have a ASUS S56C ultrabook and i was trying to install the windows 8.1 through a pendrive. First the device was listed but it gave me error of GPT partition.. so i have converted my ssd disk to MBR. ...
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Laptop started to crash on low memory conditions

I have a Lenovo T420s that has recently been freezing and then crashing with a blue screen (Windows 7). It has 8GB RAM and a SSD hard disk. I frequently max out memory so hitting the pagefile a lot. ...
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Is there a way to install Arch Linux on a separate drive via Windows?

I want to install Arch Linux on a new SSD I've bought however I don't have any discs or external drives to install it from. Is it possible to install Arch Linux via Windows 7 which is running on a ...
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Can I rely on TRIM to destruct data after file deletion?

I have a broken laptop that I want to return and I have some passwords already stored for it in the browser. I can delete the (Firefox) files that contain this data. Can I rely on TRIM to destroy the ...
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Moving a Folder with Content from SSD (C:\) to HDD (D:\) Windows 8.1

I was wondering if there are any issues I should be aware of when moving a folder (in my case it is Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn) from my "Program Files" on my C:\ (SSD) to my HDD (D:) on my ...
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Macbook Air 2013 SMART Failing SSD - OSX/Bootcamp Cloning

I have a 2013 Macbook Air with a 512GB SSD that came factory installed. As of the last couple of days I have been getting an error when booting in to Windows 7 stating that the drive is going to fail ...
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Windows 7 HDD with a BSOD on boot, not detected when connected as non-boot drive

I've just installed a new SSD into a Dell Vostro - I first tried cloning the old HDD onto the new SSD, then switched the boot priority but it wouldn't boot from the SSD and fell back to the HDD. So I ...
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Which is faster, 2 SSD drives , each plugged into a sata 6 port on RAID 0, or 1 SSD drive plugged into a sata express port (10gb)

I have a new motherboard and it has 1 sata express port that's up to 10gb transfer. So I'm wondering which would have better performance? 2 SSD on raid 0 in a sata 6 port or 1 SSD on a sata express ...
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What kind of M.2 logical interface does Plextor M6e SSD apply?

I'm buying a Plextor PX-AG128M6e SSD in hope that it can be used as VMware ESXi 6.0 datastore. And I have checked the Wikipedia M.2 page, who says there are three options available for the logical ...
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Do I need to worry about over-provisioning? Can swap be used for this purpose if it is not being used?

I am running Linux Mint 17. I'm posting this on Superuser rather than Unix & Linux because this probably isn't a Linux-specific question. I was thinking of buying a SSD but a ~250GB drive will be ...
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RAID 0 speed improvement

I've got a free Samsung EV0 840 120Gb from my uncle. I already got a 250 EVO 840 in my computer. Now I was asking myself if I got a significant speed boost if I put them in RAID 0. I know the total ...
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Unable to use SSD as boot drive

I own an Acer Aspire Predator G3620 and bought a Samsung EVO 840 SSD to speed up my performance. Unfortunately, after plugging in the SSD into my pc, the BIOS does not allow me to use the SSD as boot ...
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Extending the capacity of the Hard Drive

I was wondering if it is possible to substitute an internal laptop Hard Drive, with a 256 GB capacity, for another Hard Drive of 500 GB. I was also wondering if my laptop has an SSD card. It is a ...
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Performance degradation migrating the OS on SSD to bigger SSD

I'm planning to buy a bigger SSD but soon a question came up to my mind: would my performance fall down after moving the OS on the bigger SSD (like it happens from HDD > SSD without clean install)? In ...
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SSD wear for rMBP mid 2015 15" with running VMware Fusion

I have the rMBP mid 2015 15" with a 512GB SSD. I will be running VMware Fusion for my Windows 8.1, Windows 10 and Redhat virtual machines. Most of the time I will be using my Windows 8.1 virtual ...
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Old laptop recognizes, but will not boot from, SSD drive

My current laptop died, so I am trying to install the RAM, SATA hard-drive and SDD drive in an older laptop (Acer Aspire 7735z - I would guess 4 or 5 years old). The BIOS recognizes the SSD (calling ...
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Incompatibility SSD vs bios?

I've an American Megatrends bios version 2.15.1227 installed on notebook Asus F552CL. I've replaced the default HD with a SSD (a SanDisk Extreme PRO 240GB) the bios recognize the new device (it show ...
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LGT-256M6G SSD enclosure/converter for SATA connection

I have this SSD that came from my Lenovo Yoga2 Pro notebook but it doesn't seem to be mSATA, which I originally thought it was. Here's a picture: As said in the title, I just want an enclosure ...
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Can't boot Windows 8.1 after cloning from HDD to SSD

I have been running into this issue sometimes when cloning HDDs to new SSDs and was wondering is anyone had some ideas; I use EaseUS backup normally to clone disks and any Windows 7 one will work ...
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Lenovo Y510p - SSD not showing up

Today I decided to format my computer (Lenovo y510P - 59406636 dual nVidia) to clean things up and to try the Windows 10. Everything went alright, I installed using an UEFI bootable pendrive. After ...
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Troubleshooting advice for Yosemite macair2014 not booting past 50% loading bar?

There is this macbook air 2014 version with latest os x that I have to get operational without loosing data on hdd, currently stuck on 50% boot loading and popping error when forcing it to try and ...
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How can I manually measure the life expectancy of a SSD?

How could I calculate the average read/write cycles per day/month/year of a SSD and then include factors for x controller or y and z components. I have a 500 GB SSD on a MBA running OS X 10.8.5. I ...
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Restore deleted folder from wiped SSD?

I'm not sure what happened, but when I updated my BIOS and booted into Windows, part of SSD#0 is gone. Not just deleted, but turned into unallocated space. It's a Kingston SV300 240gb SSD, split into ...
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Black screen for about 20 minutes between boot screen and logon screen?

My specs are: Windows 7 Ultimate, 16 Gb ram, Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2300 CPU @ 2.80GHz, 2801 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s), and the drive with my OS on it is an SSD. A problem I ...
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Transferring Hard Drive to New Laptop - No Bootable Device

My old laptop is unable to charge now, so I got a new laptop. I want to put the old hard drive, which was running Windows 7, into my new laptop which is sold with Windows 8. I tried just inserting the ...
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Unable to boot to Win 7 after failed Win10 on new SSD install and IDE to AHCI change

I have a GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4-B3 mobo, and was running Win 7 64 Ultimate on a 500 GB HDD with 4 additional HDDs (one was an old Win7 install dual boot) and a DVD drive. I wanted to checkout Win10 and ...
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Explore.exe freezes every couple of seconds and pops back to top when scrolling [windows 10]

I recently installed an SSD in my laptop in addition to my HDD. Since adding my SSd my computer is much faster. However, when browsing in my folders explore.exe happens to freeze every couple of ...
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BSOD Error code 0xc0000185 when connected to internet via wifi dongle

I have a problem where my PC restarts every 5 minutes with Blue Screen of Death. I couldn't access .dmp files but managed to take a photo since it happens quite often. From what I have managed to ...
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Windows 7 will not start with SSD

I have a Windows 7 Desktop, with a 320GB HDD. I recently found an old SSD in my garage, and out of curiosity tried to connect it to my PC to see if it still worked. After plugging in the SSD to SATA ...
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AHCI Mode for Windows XP

Sorry for making questions about Windows XP, but I have a client that still uses it and he insists not to go towards Seven, 8 or 10. I read some articles about AHCI drivers to load during ...
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How to install Win 8.1 to HDD as booting it from SSD? [duplicate]

I try to install Win 8.1 to my new computer with both SSD and HDD. I want to boot it from SSD but keep the all related files in HDD. Is it possible to choose such a scheme for the installation ? If ...
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Installing OS on NVMe based PCIe SSD

I bought an Intel SSD 750 series 400GB disc and I want to install OS onto it. It's nicely plugged-in. When I try to install Windows 7 x64 onto this drive, first I need to specify a driver that has ...
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SSD Won't Initialze

I bought a bare bones computer with 1TB HDD and 250GB SSD in it. I would like to install windows on the SSD and leave the HDD for files. When I installed windows it asked me what disk I would like ...
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ASUS Maximus Ranger VII and Samsung Pro SSD 850

I have bought above mentioned pieces and am trying to install windows 8.1 as os on the new machine. The harddrive is detected properly in the bios but get following error in windows setup: Cannot ...
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SSD upgrade underperforming

I upgraded my Windows 7 PC from a Samsung Spinpoint F4EG HD204UI HDD to a SanDisk Pulse SDSSDP-128G-G25 SSD but, unlike seemingly everyone else in the world, I have never noticed a performance ...
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Cloning windows from a hard disk drive to a m.2 ssd

I'm looking at cloning windows 8.1 which is on a hard drive onto a m.2 ssd. My understanding being the process would be installing the m.2 ssd, cloning the hard drive onto it. Then going into the bios ...
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SSHD with Win8.1: Write caching necessary for performance improvements?

I bought a new laptop with a SSHD drive. I usually disable write caching on all my HDDs. Will disabling write caching prevent the SSHD from reaching its full potential? I tried copying some folders ...
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Testing Crucial SSD

I looked and did not find any SSD Hard Drive checking tools for Crucial like there are for other drives. Is there a way to test Crucial hard drives for failures other than SMART data? I've done 2 ...
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SSD encryption for storage purposes [closed]

I have a laptop with a HDD (1TB) and a SSD (15GB). On the HDD I have 3 differnt OS installed. So I was thinking to use the SSD as a storage for Music and such so it can be accessed by all of the OS. ...
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Can I put a full SSD in a new PC? [duplicate]

I own an Asus X53S and I have put in it a SSD drive (1 Tb) that contains both the operative system (Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit) and the personal files. I have recently bought an Asus N551JW-CN068H ...
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SSD SMART errors and strange dmesg errors, is this a dying disk?

I've started noticing weird things in my dmesg log, and my 4 months old SSD. For example: [ 9.647535] ata7.00: exception Emask 0x10 SAct 0x7ffffbff SErr 0x300000 action 0x6 frozen [ 9.647542] ...
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Rage hitting laptop and server running “weirdly” slow

Situation here is: I got an MSI laptop and have used it for 1 year. Recently it goes "weirdly" slow. It happenes when I do something on my laptop, such as duplicating a file, using a function in a ...
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Hard drive swap/upgrade - a few questions

I am thinking of upgrading my HDD (hopefully to SSD) in my Asus K53S laptop. If I just pull out my old HDD and plug in a new one will my computer boot up as normal and allow me to log on? If not, ...
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HDD on SATA I (1.5 Gbps)

I am planning to buy an SSD for my laptop, but my budget isn't high enough to afford something like a 1 TB SSD; the most I can get on my budget is 240 GB.  So I am planning to go for an SSD, which I ...
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Can't install Linux on HP laptop - install can't see mSata SSD + HDD combo

I have an HP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4-1119tu that came with Windows 8.1, and I'm trying to add Debian Jessie in a dual-boot configuration. PREPARATION I made space on my hard-drive using a ...