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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Installing ssd in 27 inch 2011 iMac

I want to replace my SSD with the HDD inside my iMac and then move the HDD to the optical drive. Is this possible? I have read that I can install my SSD where the optical drive is, but I'm wondering ...
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Windows 8 - Intel Rapid Storage Technology No Accelerate Tab - Move EFI Recovery Partition to HDD

i have followed few posts in here regarding no accelerate tab in Intel Rapid Storage Technology application, and i am having similar issue. when i installed windows-8, the recovery and efi partitions ...
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Linux BFQ Scheduler with SSD

In the past I had always been advised by resources that I can get a performance boost when using SSDs by switching from the default Linux scheduler CFQ to one such as deadline or noop. Today after a ...
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As SSDs get faster and Level 2 caches get bigger, could RAM become redundant?

If Solid State Drives become sufficiently fast that they aren't that much slower than RAM, and Level-2 caches get larger; is it possible to build a PC that doesn't have any RAM at all? What would the ...
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Are USB thumb drives as vulnerable to memory loss and failure as HDD?

Are USB thumb drives as vulnerable to memory loss and failure as HDD? Ase they Solid State devices? What is their technology?
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What is Intel rapid start technology and how can i enable it?

I am wondering about Intel's rapid start technology. How can i enable it? Does it affect the start up and boot speed of my PC. Does it require any special hardware like SSD?
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Force Windows 7 to unload items from memory (not Superfetch)

The question is how to force Windows 7 to REMOVE items from my RAM when they are no longer in use. Because this question is met with 100% resistance I'm going to clarify this once... This question ...
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Is it better to use Bitlocker or the built-in-drive-encryption that my ssd offers?

System: Intel i7 4790 ( has AES-NI function ) ASUS Z97-PRO mobo Samsung 250GB EVO ssd ( with built in encryption option ) Windows 7 x64 If i just want to encypt my boot drive with AES256 or ...
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Thinkpad hotswap 2nd ssd

I have a Thinkpad T520 with 2 SSDs. One is installed in the internal bay and the other in a hdd caddy. Sometimes I Want to use the DVD drive. Would it be safe to swap the 2nd SSD with the DVD drive ...
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PC with SSD VERY Slow after Power Outage

I am on a HP Pavilion PC with a SSD drive for the main/OS drive, and runnning windows 7. Typically a book takes < 15 seconds from power on to login to arriving at desktop. After a power outage / ...
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Install Windows 8.1, Ubuntu with dual boot, + SSD caching system for both of them

So i have a 500GB Hard drive, and a 32GB SSD drive. (Dell Inspiron 14Z-5423) When i first received my computer, it was fast on booting (14sec), and then i tried to install Ubuntu and i messed up, and ...
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Native Boot differencing VHD with parent from different volume

Is there a way how to boot Windows 7 from a differencing VHD which is located on different drive than its parent VHD? Here is appropriate part of output of bcdedit command: Windows Boot Loader ...
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How does SSD wear-leveling work on software-encrypted drives?

I'm using LUKS/dmcrypt to encrypt my SSD boot drive. How does wear-leveling and effective garbage collection/TRIM work on encrypted SSD partitions?
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How can I efficiently transfer a large file using a smaller external disk?

I need to transfer a large (multi-terabyte) file from one Linux computer to another. I have a 1TB external SSD drive that seems like it's the fastest way in terms of bandwidth. My best guess right now ...
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Windows 7 User profiles not functioning after SSD > HDD move

Windows 7 x64 Home P. OEM I decided to move my Users and ProgramData folders onto my secondary disk to save SSD space. I booted into "repair" mode on the windows DVD. Both drives are NTFS. The drives ...
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Using Intel Smart Response Technology (IRST) with Linux only?

I have an existing Fedora 20 installation and would like to use my newly bought 64GB SSD for acceleration purposes. Since I have a mainboard that supports Intel SRT, and RST with that, I was ...
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Does it make sense to install a SATA3 SSD in a notebook with SATA2?

I have a notebook with SATA2 interface. Most of the SSD drives have SATA3 and performance about 500 MBps (while SATA2 handles up to 300 MBps). Does it mean it makes little sense to install an SSD ...
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Bitlocker Performance Impact on SSD

I've put a brand new SSD into my work computer and my IT department wants me to use BitLocker. I read one of the other threads on BitLocker performance on standard harddrives, but I was wondering - ...
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System freeze after new SSD Crucial MX100 256GB

My system freezes within a minute after login after I new SSD Crucial M100 256GB. My freeze I mean the system gets not responsive and the Task Manager show Active Time 100% but read and write speeds ...
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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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Swap drive and SSD extra space

I'm installing an SSD with a dual boot of Win 7 and Ubuntu. Now, I've learnt that it's 'recommended' to have a swap-partition for Ubuntu. My RAM is 6.0 GB, so I predict I'll put 6GB as swap space as ...
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Boot Hp Pavilion from SSD

I just bought a brand new Pavilion 17-F050ND. I changed the dvd drive for an SSD. I cloned the HHD to the SSD. Now I want to use my SSD as a startup drive. Have tried various boot settings. But at the ...
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Windows 8.1 file explorer is Super slow

I have a newish ( a couple of months old) laptop. i7 4700mq gtx765 8gb ram I'm using an ssd boot dirve and a HDD for storage. The computer has absolutely no problems running programs but it is very ...
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Downgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 7 goes subtly wrong, only boots with assistance of bootable USB

Here's the background: I'm setting up a laptop for a new employee. It's a Samsung NP530U3CA0JSE, a 5 series Ultrabook. Employees find Win8 unusable, but unfortunately these things come preinstalled ...
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Computer shuts down after a few minutes

So I spent all day yesterday trying to figure out what was wrong with my computer. The specs look something like this (before replacing the board): Z77 MSI M Power Samsung 840 Evo SSD 16gb Ram (2 ...
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Salvaging a failing SSD

I have an old 512GB Crucial M4 that failed on me (~300 bad sectors in accessible space w/ repeatable read errors, reallocation failures and significant data loss). Presumably all the mandatory OP ...
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SSD not shown in My Computer

I have a 24GB SSD, and isn't being shown in My Computer. I looked it up in Disk Management and found it, but it says the SSD is a primary partition. I tried to format it but there is only "Help" on ...
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internal mechanical drive vs external SSD

I recently got into a debate about about what would provide the best performance for booting an operating system, from an internal mechanical disk vs an mSATA enclosure attached with USB 3.0. His ...
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Installing windows 7 on a new Samsung 840 EVO SSD

I was replacing a broken HDD with a Samsung 840 EVO SSD. The instructions were all images as if it was a piece of furniture, with no instructions for a blank install, so obviously something went ...
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2nd HDD not showing up in “My Computer”. Using SSD as main drive

I just set up my new computer. Built it from scratch. This is my second machine I built so it's not a hobby I'm very proficient at yet. I have a 60gb SSD and a 1.5 TB HD In bios I set up my SSD ...
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windows 7 sleep/hibernate issues with ssd

I have a 2 pc with ssd as system disks both with windows7. First pc has vertex ssd drive and it has issues with hiber-sleep mode: windows started from scratch after hibernate sleep and don't pickup ...
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SSD connected through usb3 / sata

Is there performance difference for ssd drive connected through usb3 or sata? Im need to use ssd as external drive (usb3) and like to know if there is some performance overhead using adapter... ...
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Unstable since I moved my user file from C: drive (SSD) using a junction

I used this method: http://www.starkeith.net/coredump/2009/05/18/how-to-move-your-windows-user-profile-to-another-drive/ to move my user file from my SSD C: drive to another disk in my computer. ...
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Dell XPS - can I put windows on an SSD?

I'm looking at buying this for my son to do gaming: http://www.dell.com/uk/p/xps-8700/pd?oc=cdx8743&model_id=xps-8700 But it will really need an SSD drive and extra memory. I can save a few ...
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Cloning my 1 TB HD to my 250 GB SSD

I have bought the Samsung 840 EVO SSD of 250 GB. I have put the SSD in my laptop in stead of my DVD player using a HHD Caddy. Now the samsung SSD comes with a data migration tool. Have numerous times ...
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Attach SSD next to the RAID

I have an IBMX3200M3 with a 4 HDD in RAID1 and now I trying to attach an extra SSD just to a SATA port on motherboard... After system fails to boot up from the RAID and anything and i finish up to ...
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hdparm does not report a Security section

I have a Kingspec PATA SSD that I want to erase the data on using secure_erase, but any attempts to use hdparm results in an Input/output error. # hdparm --security-erase NULL /dev/sda ...
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Number directory in root C: drive Windows 8

I have a directory in my c: drive that I don't understand. I is numbered folder. What is it. This the folder structure of my C: drive windows 8.1 SSD (system drive), with 1 terrabyte data drive C: ...
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Samsung 840 EVO SSD takes 3+ minutes to boot Windows 7

I got a 250GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD a couple days ago to replace my old HDD. It is connected to a SATA3 port, AHCI is enabled, and I ran the optimizations included with Samsung Magician. The benchmarks ...
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SSD and monitoring writing to C:\Windows\Prefetch\ReadyBoot\ReadyBoot.etl

I have been monitoring write activity to the following file. C:\Windows\Prefetch\ReadyBoot\ReadyBoot.etl Since I have Windows 7 installed on an SSD, that there would not be any readyboost activity. ...
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Remove Backup Drive, Windows 7 Fails to Boot?

I have 3 drives, 1 SSD (Letter E primary OS) and 2 backup SATA drives (C and D). In BIOS when I disable either or both of the SATA drives, the computer will fail to start. From what I have read, it ...
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Can super glue be used to attach an SSD to a metal holder? [closed]

I bought an SSD, and it doesn't fit as my computer has a 3.5-inch hard disk drive. Can I use superglue to attach it to the metal hard disk drive holder or should I buy and adapter and wait?
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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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How to define a height of optical drive of my laptop?

I have a eMachines E732G-382G32Mnkk. I want to install SSD instead of DVD-RW (MATSHITA DVD-RAM UJ8A0AS). I need a optical bay drive, but there are two heights for optical bay drives – 9.5mm and 12mm. ...
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Where can i find a bootable ssd diagnostics tool?

I have a laptop, which has a Micron 128GB SSD. I have a feeling that it is defective, but I don't know for sure. I need a bootable SSD diagnostics tool to verify this. Where can I find a bootable SSD ...
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Is my OS installed onto my SSD?

I ordered a new laptop that came with a 500 GB HDD, so I added a 128 GB SSD. I kind of assumed they would install the OS onto the SSD since in my experience that has been the norm. I'm pretty sure ...
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How to unmark an NTFS cluster as bad?

How do I unmark clusters as bad in NTFS? Background I mistakenly ran >chkdsk /R on my SSD, where /R: Locates bad sectors and recovers readable information (implies /F) /F: Fixes errors ...
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Getting 0xc00000e windows 7 “Boot device inaccessible” after random crashes

I've been having some weird random crashes that I can't seem to locate, and I'm unsure if it's windows or hardware related. It's a brand new computer and very powerful. I've run into a couple of ...
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How do I replace the HDD in a ASUS Q550L?

I just bought a ASUS Q550L for my son for Christmas and before I open it up I want to be sure I can replace the HDD with an SSD. Is this model compatible with standard laptop SSDs? If so how do I ...
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Laptop hangs before sleeping, hibernating or shutting down

I installed a new Samsung EVO 840 SSD on my Asus K53SD laptop. Now the laptop hangs when it tries to go into sleep mode. I have to force a shutdown to get back into Windows. I have installed all ...