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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Is there any way to check the Disk I/O that happens after startup and the duration for each task?

I am trying to troubleshoot a hard freeze of my computer (Windows 7) after startup. After 3-4 seconds after the user login screen, the OS freezes: Pressing the Windows button at the keyboard doesn't ...
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Is buying an SSD for existing OS on HDD a viable option? [closed]

I've read that the best use of SSDs can be achieved by putting your OS on them as well as programs. What about those who already have a functioning laptop with OS and programs installed on a regular ...
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Would an Intel raid configuration benefit from Intel Smart Response feature?

My hard drive took a dive so I looking at getting some new drives. I was thinking of getting 3 WD Black Edition 1TB disks. My motherboard has the Intel Matrix Storage feature and I was going to hook ...
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Speeding up with SSD cache - Intel Rapid Storage or…?

I have a Gigabyte motherboard with the z68 chipset. I have used it for 1.5 years with a normal 1 Tb HDD. Then I have bought a Samsung EVO 840 SSD drive and problems started to arise... I have a ...
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My Pc suddenly had Bootmgr missing following up with a "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device

Hi guys I today started up my pc today(like any other day) and suddenly on desktop my pc freezes completely ctrl+alt+del doesn't work. So I restarted my pc and suddenly it gave me the bootmgr is ...
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How do I boot my existing set up from SSD

Ive recently taken the plunge in to Linux (Ubuntu) at home - replacing my iMac. With iptables, sshd and a site set up - I'm having lots of fun! Next step - I want to get the os running from ssd. Why? ...
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Is there a way to invoke the ANSI ATA enhanced secure erase command targeting an SSD slave after booting into Windows 7?

I'm too lazy to burn a bootable image, and then wait for the wiping to occur. To securely (in terms of lack of recoverability and safety to the SSD) wipe a Crucial M4 SSD, is there a DOS command or ...
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SSD & HDD - which should get 6Gb/s port

I have a PC with a single 6Gb/s SATA port, I have a 7200RPM HDD that is my primary drive (i.e. the OS is installed on it), I also have an SSD (450MB/s Sequential R/W, 85K Random Read, 55k Random ...
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What's the difference between mini PCIe and mSATA interfaces and SSDs?

Are they even different at all? I've seen SSDs being sold on the market being tagged with both mSATA and mini PCIe such as this one. I've seen marketing ads that say mini PCIe are better than mSATA ...
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Windows 7 No Longer Sees SSD

I have been using an Intel 335 240GB SSD for about a year. Every now and then, when I turn on my computer, the computer says it cannot detect my boot media. I assume my cable was loose so I would open ...
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Optimizing SSD storage usage on an SSD (primary/boot) & HDD (secondary storage) combined desktop

Second question ever posted here, and this one has been on my mind a while... I built a computer at the end of the last summer; I'm using a Samsung 120GB SSD as the boot drive, and a Western Digital ...
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Disk Utility does not seem to recognize the free space on my Mac

I have recently deleted a large number of files on my Macbook Pro. But Disk Utility doesn't seem to notice, and is preventing me from installing World of Warcraft (because it doesn't think I have ...
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How can I fix the boot process on my HP laptop?

My question is kind of similar to this issue. I installed an SSD in my aging HP DV7t-2000 laptop because the old hard drive was failing. Now, when I boot the laptop, it says on the splash screen ...
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Raid 0 of 4 ssds with same size and the fifth HD as backup drive

I want to ask if it is possible if i have 4 SSDs (128GB each) with similar size to be raid 0 (to quadruple the reading and writing speed) and use another HD almost quadruple the size(500GB or do i ...
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Cloning notebook SSD to bigger SSD

Right now, I have a 120GB SSD in my Thinkpad with only one W7 partition, but want to replace it with a bigger, 256GB one. I also have a 500GB external USB 3.0 hard drive at my disposal. In order to ...
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How to make the system detect hard drives as a designated block? (e.g. /dev/sde)

If I attach a hard drive to the system, and I want the system to recognize this device as a /dev/sde device rather than the default /dev/sdb. How should I do that? Thanks.
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Accidentally erased SSD with “dd”, any chance of recovery?

I was trying to clone a SSD last night and made a very simple, stupid mistake. Instead of doing dd if=/dev/sdb of=/dev/sda, I did the reverse, dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb Essentially I read from a ...
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Installing windows server 2008 on SSD with GPT and EFI

I recently purchased a new Samsung 840 EVO with a few other components, to rebuild a machine that has been on the verge of extinction. With the SSD purchase, I also purchased a new motherboard from ...
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Win7/Server2008: Automatic differences SSD/HDD installation

It is said that a new installed Win7/2008 has "some" settings different if it was installed on a SSD than they would be on a HDD. Do someone have a reliable statement on what exactly is different? I ...
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Can SSD raid be faster than ramdisk?

So a typical ssd will have a read speed of 250 - 500 mb / second. And a ram will have about 10x than that. My question is: Can 4 ssds with raid-0 be faster than a single ram memory block for some ...
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SSD not found - Windows 7

I just replaced my SSD in a desktop (Asus Rampage III Formula MB). The system has the SSD (with OS) and two HDD with data. If the HDD are plugged in, about 95% time, the SSD isn't found and I get an ...
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Windows disk imaging software which can save drivers and boot sector separately during backup?

I tried cloning an SSD from one laptop to a similar laptop. The laptop is running Windows 7 Enterprise. The second laptop has a larger and different model SSD. Both laptops have only a single drive, ...
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How to know (without unscrewing the casing) if my laptop is capable of supporting Solid State Drives (SSDs)?

I have a lenovo V470 and as an Xmas treat I am thinking about upgrading to Solid State Drive (SSD) to utilise the benifit. However, I don't know if my laptop's motherboard is capable of supporting ...
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SSD and HDD transfer-rates impossibly high

Sometimes when I transfer a file from my SSD (Samsung 840 pro) to the same SSD, the transfer-rate is 800+ MBps, which should impossible from a SATA6 drive. Also, my HDD performs at 300+ MBps, again ...
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How to use LVM to separate large data?

I have an ultrabook with two discs, an HDD with 500GB and an SSD with 32GB. My SSD is partitioned for /boot, / and /efi, and my HDD is for SWAP and /media/userdata (mainly, media). I was thinking of ...
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What is better, installing Win8 on an SSD directly or using the SSD for ReadyBoost?

For a medium SSD and a large HD, which scenario has a better performance-to-annoyance ratio? Install Windows on my HD and use ReadyBoost to cache the hottest 32GB of files from my HD. Install some ...
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SSD not intended for server use?

I bought 2x Kingston HyperX 3K SSD to use as RAID of a Hyper-V Server 2012 R2-install. When I look at the box it says "This SSD is designed for use in desktop and notebook computer workloads and is ...
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Is a 120GB SSD enough for Windows 8 plus essentials? [closed]

I am looking to acquire an SSD but I am wondering if 120GB is enough or should I go with 250GB. I am going to use Windows 8.1 and the biggest softwares installed will be: Battlefield 4 (may get to ...
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Windows shows smaller size of hard drive after cloning partitions

I upgraded my Windows hard drive, and now have a space problem. I inserted a new 240GB SSD, used CloneZilla to clone my old 120GB Windows C: drive SSD to this new one, switched the SATA cables, and ...
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How to unlock a password protected locked Intel SSD?

I've got a problem with my Intel X25-M 80GB SSD drive that was in one of my laptops (Lenovo). Since I've got a few laptops (work and stuff) I didn't touch this laptop a while and I forgot my passwords ...
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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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Is my disk drive (SSD) failing?

Just wanted to confirm my suspicions that I have a failing drive on my hands. So far here's what I've experienced: I initially got a BSOD while doing normal web browsing After rebooting; said there ...
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Installing Windows 8.1 to new SSD while booted into Windows 7

I am nervous about proceeding through the install wizard past the "install" button, when I'm not sure what choices I'll be presented with, vs what assumptions the wizard makes for me. My situation: ...
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1 SSD or 2 SSDs? for VMWare virtual environments

I would like to know if it’s better if I buy 1 SSD for my OS like 120GB and 1 512GB SSD for my VMWare workstation virtual environment. Or do you think that i can also buy 1 SSD and run the OS and 2 ...
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eSata enclosures can reach 6Gn/s

I have an relatively older eSata external enclosure that works OK. But I'm planning now to swap the hard disk for a SSD, and wonder if I should update the eSata enclosure too. In principle I ...
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Samsung SSD MZ-7PD128 Firmware Update with OS X

I'll be installing a Samsung 128GB MZ-7PD128 in my Macbook Pro sometime soon. As I was researching, I noticed that quite a few reviews said I would only be able to update the SSD firmware via Bootcamp ...
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Intel Rapid Storage Technology (HDD-Cache on SSD) compromising Truecrypt?

I run a Dell Vostro with a HDD, accelerated by Intel Rapid Storage Technology caching on the (much smaller) SSD. I intend to encrypt all partitions with TrueCrypt, but I have no access to whatever is ...
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Can I Replace SATA 3.0Gb/s hard disk with With SATA 6.0Gb/s in Toshiba Satellite c660 laptop?

I have a Toshiba Satellite laptop and by default there is SATA 3.0 fitted in it. Few days ago, it stopped working. So I need to replace it with a new one. The problem I'm currently facing is I don't ...
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New SSD performance loss

I recently swapped my Samsung Series 9's (NP900X3C) original SanDisk U100 SSD for a new Intel 525 mSATA (180gb) one. A few weeks later I had to re-install Windows 7 (Pro x64) and after that I've ...
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Use Sata III port with SSD or HDD drive? [closed]

I'm going to buy a new Desktop PC, and I'm thinking about buying a 32GB SSD SATA III and a 1TB HDD SATA III hard drive. The problem is that the motherboard only have one Sata III port, and the rest ...
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BSOD on VHD on new SSD after a friend played some 'custom' MineCraft… Malicious rootkit virus? MBR corrupt

SPEC: Dell XPS 420 with (almost brand) new Vertex OCZ SSD. Hardware tests seem ok. Hi guys, like a couple of folks have mentioned, I'm having BSOD issue (0x0000007b - 'no boot device') all of a ...
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Disk Image Clone Issues

So, here's my situation. I have a 1TB HDD that I want to clone onto a much faster 120GB SSD, without particular partitions. The software which came with the SSD, Acronis True Image HD, keeps running ...
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How to determine cause for failing RAID arrays

I have to investigate a recent increase in failing RAID-1 (Mirror) arrays we're encountering in our installed PC park (10K+ PC's). The problem is twofold: one part of being a pilot phase we started ...
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Motherboard Dying? AHCI Drive Init and boot loop intermittent failure

My computer is now intermittently failing to boot up. For the last couple of days, when I turn it on it hangs on "AHCI Drive Init...", and when powered off and on again, it booted up fine. Today, it ...
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Data safety: How error-prone are SSDs compared to HDDs

I recently bought an SSD (http://www.samsung.com/de/consumer/m/MZ-7TE250KW). When I tell this to other people, I always get warnings in reply: "SSDs highly error-prone. save your data on a magnetic ...
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Are special drivers required for Gigabyte SATA port on GA-P34-DS4 v2?

After upgrading to a Samsung 840 SSD drive, I have problems with image backups failing verification when the SSD is plugged into any of the ICH9 SATA ports in AHCI mode. The motherboard also has two ...
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Upgrading new Mac Mini to SSD

Brand new MAC user. I started it, runs slow, I already knew I'm going to upgrade to SSD. Model: A1347 After reading some documentation I was under impression that system have "BIOS" which will allow ...
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Restore MBR Windows 8 after Grub

I recently bought a Lenovo laptop with Windows 8, and would like to use an old SSD in it for the boot drive. The SSD previously dual booted Linux and Windows 7. I cloned the Windows 8 drive using ...
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Hard Drive buzzes and laptop fails to boot

I Have a laptop from nearly an year and for some time now I've been experiencing a problem with it. Sometimes when I try to power on the laptop the loading screen of Windows freezes and the hard disk ...
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How to maximize use of partitioned volumes on my dedicated server? [closed]

About a month or so ago, I rented a dedicated machine from server hosting company OVH. I am currently using the SP2 plan, which you can read details on here. My server has two mirrored 120GB SSDs, and ...