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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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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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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YouTube is stuttering in chrome on a brand new computer

So I just hooked up a brand new rig with an Asus P9X79 WS board, an i7-4820k chip, 16GB of G.Skill TridentX RAM, Evga GTX 650(soon to be upgraded in the future), and I’ve got one 1TB HDD with 500GB ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I get ExpressCache working?

I have an ultrabook hybrid: ssd and hdd. ssd was working on purchase, but after I've re-installed windows -- I can't make it work. I installed the necessary software: IntelRapid ExpressCache ...
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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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Partitioning best-practices for SSD+regular HDD with multi-boot

I have a (couple of) regular HDDs on my machine , and I'm about to buy an SSD, probably 128GB, for it. I would like the machine to be a Dual-Boot Linux (3.x kernel) + Windows 7. My question has two ...
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Linux partitioning with SSD and HDD

I bought a SSD to re-install Linux Mint on it and use my old HDD to store my personnal data...This way my computer might run faster. I will to partition the disks as follow. / on SSD /home on HDD ...
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Slow copy operation to Samsung 830 SSD

I have a 128 GB Samsung 830 SSD installed on my Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit machine. I tried to copy a folder from my C: drive to the SSD drive. And I have found out that copy speed is very slow. ...
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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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Can I install windows 8.1 update 1 on a 30GB ssd [closed]

I have a computer with an empty 30GB SSD, and no place for another drive. Can I place a usable Win 8.1 on this drive, or should I buy a bigger one? I see in the comments that moving the Users folder ...
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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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Using samsung SSD magician on linux

I have a samsung SSD and Samsung has a magician software for their SSD. I would like to use it, however I just have linux and the software is only supported on Windows. Is there a way to install it ...
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How to reinstall Windows 10 on new hard disk

I've been using Windows 10 for a couple of month now (joined the Insider Preview). Now my hard drive started ticking so I've bought a new SSD and I want to move the windows installation to the new ...
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Cannot boot Windows 8.1 after migrating to Samsung SSD using supplied software

I got a brand new Samsung 840 SSD. It came with "Data Migration" software from Samsung. I am running Windows 8.1. Here are my steps exactly: Installed new SSD into secondary bay (Disk 0: HDD, ...
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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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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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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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Windows 10 not detecting Samsung 840 Pro SSD

I just got Samsung 840 Pro SSD, but my Windows 10 is not detecting it. Any idea what I should do? I tried using the Samsung utility mentioned on their website at ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why would ExpressCache.exe appear to be constantly using an external HDD?

I bought ASUS VivoBook S550CM with hybrid drive SSD/HDD. There are many pre-installed Asus utilities, ExpressCache included. Here is the problem: every time I connect any external USB HDD, the LED ...
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Moving Windows 10 to SSD from HDD - SSD is not visible in BIOS boot options

I have a fairly new Acer desktop that I just upgraded to 10. I bought a Samsung SSD that I'd like to move my Windows installation and programs over to. It's more than big enough to fit all of the data ...
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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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Samsung Magician doesn't detect SSD when set to AHCI mode

I just installed a Samsung 840 Pro SSD in my box, NOT as the system drive, but just as a regular HD. I have a Gigabyte board[*] with 6 SATA ports in an Intel controller and 2 additional ones in 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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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...