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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New SSD showing values for “Used Reserved Block Count”. Is this bad?

I have a brand new Samsung 512GB XP941 SSD. Installed Windows and had it all up and running for about a week now. However... when I ran Crystal Disk Info it's only showing a Health Status of 92% and ...
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Upgrading primary SSD with user profile on second drive

first time poster looking for some advice. My current setup (Win 7 Pro) consists of a 120Gb SSD as my primary drive with Junctions configured to put my user profile onto a secondary 2Tb HDD. I ...
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OS Installation on SSD and storage on HDD

I have an Dell 15z 5523 laptop with 32GB SSD and 500 GB HDD. I want to boot my OS from the SSD but use the HDD for storage , i.e. Programs Files, Users etc. How should I do it?
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Move Windows to Existing (Non-Blank) Drive

My current setup is an SSD that has Windows installation on it, plus an HDD that holds most of my data. The HDD has plenty of space on it (more free space than the full size of the SSD). I'd like to ...
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Can't boot SSD in UEFI mode after windows installation

I'm trying install Windows 8.1 on my new PC, but I still get message Windows can't be installed on this disk. I am installing from DVD. Only way the installation is working is boot DVD in UEFI, ...
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100s of Reads vs 100s of Writes

Consider a pretty fast Hard Disk. I know many writes to a single disk will always be slower than many reads. For instance time taken to complete 100 write operations is much longer than time to ...
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Enable AES encryption via ATA password on Samsung Evo 840 with data already on the drive?

Does the Evo 840 support changing the AES key (more or less) on the fly (in my case from "no key" to "my key")? I don't mind if it takes an hour to encipher the data as long as I don't have to ...
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How to use SSD as external drive and get the good performance?

I have my desktop which has windows 8.1 and I use it as my primary work station. I want to use Ubuntu 14.04 and I dont like to dual boot on my PC. I want to install ubuntu on external SSD and use it ...
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Can't boot from hard drive, otherwise fine

TL;DR: Stopped being able to boot from a drive, but it appears to work otherwise, what should I do with it? I've had a couple of Crucial SSDs since late 2011. No real issues, aside from one of them ...
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File read write performance and stability over multiple disk failure

Currently I am using 2 drive bay Synology NAS, Running out of space and performance, hence planning to build own NAS with 4 or 8 (6+2) Hard drives. In Synology their is an option for SDD Cache (RAID0 ...
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How to install Windows 8.1 on new PC with SSD

I just build new PC and trying to install Windows 8.1 from DVD (USB DVD ROM). I tried many different ways which from the internet but nothing is working. First attempt UEFI installation. Boot ...
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Assuming a PC has plenty of RAM, will an ssd make web browsing significantly faster? [closed]

Assuming a PC has plenty of RAM (as many cheap laptops with HDDs do), will an SSD make web browsing significantly faster? Is an SSD a worthwhile investment for someone who's in google docs and gmail ...
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My laptop cannot boot from SSD, How to resolve it?

I have a razer blade pro 17' (2013). Today when I was gaming, the laptop suddenly stopped responding to any of my operation, including moving mouse and press power button. After force restarting, I ...
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Clone HDD to USB to SSD?

I bought a new computer (ASUS G551JM) with a hard disk drive (1TB 7200 RPM), but I want to transfer the OS (and everything else) onto my Samsung EVO 840 (500GB). However, when I purchased the SSD from ...
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Is there still a reason to choose a 10,000 RPM hard drive over an SSD?

For anyone who's serious about storage performance, SSDs are always the fastest solution. However, WD still makes their 10,000 RPM VelociRaptor hard drives, and a few enthusiasts even use ...
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Mac Partition Table issue

I went to install Windows in my macbook air by creating NTFS partition. But my purposed wasn't served. So I've deleted that NTFS partition (40 GB approx.) from Mac recovery mode. Then that space ...
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Performance of MSATA to 2.5" SATA adapter

I have recently bought an MSATA SSD as well as an adapter case that fits into my laptop 2.5" SATA bay. I have connected it in two configurations: - first through the adapter to the 2.5" SATA slot - ...
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Windows 8.1 boot stuck

Booting system (Windows 8.1) on my laptop (ThinkPad T400) often stuck on screen with Windows logo. I can't do anything but "hard shutdown" by holding start button. Then I start it again and Windows ...
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AMD RAID controller sees drives & RAID 1; Windows & RAIDXpert don't

I've got two SSDs I'm trying to work in RAID 1 on a Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5. Here is the weird combination of all the different variables with a fairly ideal testing scenario (plenty of spare ...
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Linux - fstab entry for hfsplus on ssd

I've got an Arch and OS X install sharing an HFS+ (non-journaled) /home partition. My Arch side seems to have issues with the partition. In particular, deleting multiple files causes the drive to ...
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Testing new (refurbished) SSD

I got a Corsair Force GS 128GB, and popped it into the "dock" integral to the case. It's a SATA connector going to one of the motherboard headers, like any other internal drive. After initial ...
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How to enable hardware based encryption on Samsung 850 Pro

I have a new Samsung 850 pro which touts hardware-based encryption. According to that page I should just go in my bios and set a hard-drive password (no problem right). The only relevant thread I ...
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Msahci.sys is Corrupt (Windows 7 64 Bit SSD)

My computer did not restart correctly recently and afterwards it stopped being able to boot. The error on the system diagnostic says msahci.sys is corrupt. Currently, I can only access restore tools ...
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Rebuild laptop and specify Windows 8.1 should use small SSD

My question is whether it's possible to rebuild a laptop with a 32GB SSD and 500GB HDD with Windows 8.1 making use of the 32GB SSD in some way to improve performance. For example: I've read about ...
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samsung evo 840 500gb enable bitlocker without reinstall and with a password needed at each boot [closed]

I was wondering if it is possible to turn on edrive + bitlocker on a Samsung Evo 840 SSD without reinstalling windows or messing with my windows install?
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SSD gone bad suddenly

Problem: A few days ago I had a crash in Windows 8. It was just freezing content by a little bit until the only thing that could move was the mouse pointer. I instantly got an idea it was something ...
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“Not enough memory” VMware Player 6.0.3 running OSX Mavericks

As of recently I seem to be getting the following error when trying to start up my VM (OSX Mavericks) with 8GB of RAM. "Not enough physical memory is available to power on the virtual machine with ...
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4-bay NAS write performance RAID 5 + SSD vs RAID 10

I am planning on buying a new NAS (QNAP TS-453 Pro) for my Home Office. The NAS has 4 HDD bays and supports SSD Caching. Hence, I was wondering which setup would probably be faster in terms of write ...
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Samsung laptop slowed down

I have a notebook NP550P5C from Samsung. It has impressive parameters: 8 GB RAM Intel i7 3610QM @ 2,3 GHz 904 GB HDD with 8 GB SSD It runs Windows 8.1 64bit. It used to be very fast but after 22 ...
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Macbook pro 2012: ssd in place of hdd and hdd in place of dvd drive

I cannot find anywhere answear to that. Is it posible to mount ssd in place of normal hdd and replace dvd with normal hdd. Everywhere i only find how to replace dvd drive with ssd but in that ...
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Attempting to clean install Windows 7 on brand new SSD failing with “The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible” error

I switched out the HDD in my laptop for a brand new Kingston M500 240gb SSD. I expected to be able to just stick in my Windows 7 pen drive and install to the SSD. When booting from the pen drive I'm ...
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Replacing DVD-ROM with SSD on a Toshiba A200-1BP laptop

I use a Toshiba A200-1BP laptop and I want to replace the DVD-ROM with a SSD using an adapter something like this But I don't know if it will support placing an SSD or not since I don't know if the ...
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Installing a secondary drive in an HP Envy 17 laptop

I'm thinking about buying an HP Envy 17. I like its specs but unfortunately it doesn't come pre-equipped with an SSD. If I'm reading this HP manual correctly, it has a secondary SATA drive slot that's ...
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80GB Intel SSD only allocates 54,49 GB

I have two same SSDs (Intel 80GB SSDSA2M080G2GC) and one of the drives now, only has 54,49GB storage capacity where the other still has the normal 74,53GB. The values are from the Management Console. ...
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Installing an SSD on my SATA 2 equipped notebook

With a negligible amount of knowledge concerning PC hardware I'm trying to figure out how to upgrade my Samsung ATIV Book 4 NP470R5E-K02UB notebook with an SSD. I didn't even know where to start so I ...
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Is it possible to simulate a SSHD

Is it possible to simulate a SSHD by using an existing HDD, a small SSD, and some disk caching software. Most caching software (Intel SRT, Nvelo's Dataplex, etc) seems hardware dependent, and the ...
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Change root '/' partition to another disk

I bought a new SSD and I want to transfer my current / directory there without loosing any data. I already copied the files to the SSD using a livecd but I don't know how to tell the system than now ...
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Accessing HDD with Freedos installed from OS installed on SSD

I recently bought a Gigabyte P25W v2 that came with FreeDos installed on an internal HDD. As a promotional offer, I also received an mSATA SSD drive, which I installed immediately. I installed Windows ...
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SSD Power OFF duration

I am trying to find the power OFF duration of the Delkin SSD. If a SSD is Powered ON and Powered OFF and then Powered ON, Can I know the Power OFF duration? Is there any Smart data with which I can ...
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Windows 8.1 x64 on a 16GB SSD?

So I just got a small SSD to use. It's not big, but quite small - 16GB. However I think it'd speed things up in my old HP 8530W a LOT. But Windows 8 by default is way too big for that. Is there a ...
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Windows 8.1 Factory Reset w/ Upgraded SSD and OS on that new SSD [closed]

Why I am doing this: I download the wrong graphics card driver update and now my graphics card has gone haywire. After trying several things with NVIDIA, including installing the right driver, and ...
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Ubuntu formatted drive not visible on macbook pro or windows desktop

I have an older SSD (12.04 installed on it, encrypted) that was inside an ubuntu server, this particular server is on its last leg so I removed the SSD and tried mounting it on my mac to format it, ...
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Various OS X problems installed on regular hardware after a month of solid work

i'm not really sure if hackintosh-related questions are allowed but I couldn't find a statement that it's clearly forbidden anywhere so, in case it is - sorry I have a 10.9.4 OS X Mavericks which ...
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What is Embedded Lockdown Manager

Embedded Lockdown Manager. I've just installed an ssd 240 GB drive to my system running win 8.1 and everything is fine but I've just noticed Embedded Lockdown Manager in my programs. I didn't install ...
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fstab and cache- howto set for the best usage of SSD?

I have few questions regarding the fstab used for SSD optimalization. I found two versions of ho to set up some space for cache files tmpfs /home/user/.cache/spotify/Storage tmpfs size=10% ...
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swap\pagefile of 2 levels

Lets assume I want to assign 2GB to swap(linux)/pagefile(windows) on SSD, and 16GB more on HDD. Is that possible to use the space on SSD as level 1 of virtual memory, and the space on HDD as level 2 ? ...
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Does the following mean my SSD is about to fail?

[iceguru@stuxnet ~]$ sudo smartctl -a /dev/sda smartctl 6.3 2014-07-26 r3976 [x86_64-linux-3.14.21-1-MANJARO] (local build) Copyright (C) 2002-14, Bruce Allen, Christian Franke, ...
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Formatting the SSD with one partition or two?

I am preparing to format all my drives and install the Windows 8.1 now that I purchased the 850 Pro 256GB. What I'm trying to ask is: Is it better to create a partition only for Windows (around ...
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safe to delete EFI system partition (win7) on old drive after cloning?

a while back I cloned my old installation of win7 from my HDD to a new SSD using the tools provided by Samsung (if I remember correctly). I know I should have done a clean new install, but that's not ...
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Is my SSD runing AHCI mode?

So I switched my BIOS setting from IDE to AHCI, and when I booted up in windows 7 it reinstalled the drivers for my SSD. But I can't seem to find if it's currently running in AHCI mode or not. I've ...