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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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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Samsung SSD connected to Sata III but only shows Sata II

my laptop specifications state that I have a SATA III interface however Samsung Magician states I only have SATA II. I have tried updating all my drivers for the interface and I am still faced with ...
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Fit M.2 SSD into a laptop without M.2 port

My most recent laptop has broken beyond repair and I'm left with a large M.2 SSD (Crucial M500), which I'd like to reuse in the replacement laptop. The "new" laptop (say ThinkPad W520 or T430) ...
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Samsung 830 256GB SSD dying?

I have a decent fast Computer (i7, 32 GB RAM, SSD, ...), which worked flawlessly for a year now, but about over a week ago the access rates just went bananas (well, very slow like on HDDs). Just some ...
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Viability of using a USB drive as an extra disk

I'm mainly talking about the speed here. I have a 120GB SSD installed in my laptop and I'm loving it. However, 120GB is really size prohibitive. My other slot is filled with a 1TB HDD so it's not an ...
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SSD cache, SRT, Raid 0 : speeding up my C drive

I have a Z97 rig and I'm interested in speeding up my disk drives. This is my current setup: 1) 240GB SSD for main disk 2) 500GB hard drive for User Files 3) 120GB for photo editing (I move files ...
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SSD not detected in Windows and BIOS

I have an Intel 530 ssd on my Asus Q550LF, and one more HDD, the one that came with laptop. SSD is connected instead optical drive. When I try to install windows on SSD partition, there is none! ...
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SSD 850 Pro into Dell Inspiron 15R

I'm planning to use a second Samsung 1TB ssd instead of my actual HDD in my Dell Inspiron 15R laptop (I already got a 256gb one installed in the optical drive bay). I would go for the 850 Pro but I ...
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Intel Smart Response Technology (cache) and vendor SSD tools

I have a laptop with Haswell Core i5 and Intel Rapid Storage Technology. The OS drive is an mSATA Samsung EVO 840. As you may have heard, they had some miscalibration leading to excessive retries ...
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Shrink worn-out SSD to prolong lifetime?

I have a 120GB OCZ Agility 3 SSD (latest 2.25 Firmware) which is recognized in BIOS and has the following symptoms when compared to another OCZ SSD in the same machine: the wear level counter in ...
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Macbook Pro SSD dying?

My Macbook pro retina (2012 model) with a 256Gb SSD has been showing some worrying signs. I fear the SSD might be worn out. This computer has been used almost day for the past 2 years for intensive ...
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SSD seems to be read-only, nothing can be written to it (linux ext4 filesystem)

After two week of normal use my new SSD began to work strange. Now it seems that no file is written to it. An example: root@hooker3:~# mount |grep ssdhome /dev/sda3 on /ssdhome type ext4 ...
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Will I be able to reinstall my copy of Windows 8.1 acquired through DreamSpark on another drive?

I've acquired and installed a copy of Windows 8.1 through DreamSpark on my HDD, but I'm planning on getting and SSD in the near future, will I be able to use the same Windows 8.1 copy to install on ...
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How to install and use Windows 7 in a Kingston SSDNow V300

Few days ago I bought a Kingston SSDNow V300 240 GB SSD, and replaced my "old" notebook (ASUS S46C) hybrid disk (750 GB HD + 24 GB SSD). So, on Windows 7 installation I got 2 disks, first one (disk ...
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How can I enable “acceleration using solid-state hybrid drive”

My Laptop is a Lenovo Y5070-B that has an SSHD hard drive. SATA Controller Mode was in AHCI mode and it doesn't have RAID mode. There are only two options: AHCI and Compatible. When I set this option ...
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fstrim trimming a lot of bytes, don't think I did that much deletion

Recently I install a SSD on my Linux Mint 17.1 system. I configured the common things like io scheduler to be noop, mount /tmp and /var/log over tmpf, running fstrim for both root and home partitions ...
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SSD is recognized by linux liveUSB but not by Windows on Asus G73JW laptop

I have an Asus G73JW laptop, which has two hard drive slots. In the first slot, I have a HDD containing Windows 7. In the second slot, I just inserted an SSD (OCZ Vertex 4) with linux formatting that ...
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Intel SSD with retired blocks - how much life left?

It's a 4 year old Intel x25 SSD. In the program HD Tune it shows this ID Current Worst ThresholdData Status (05) Retired Block Count ...
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couldn't format partition in SSD

so.. I get the stupid error when I format my SSD. when I try to install Windows 7/8/8.1 I get this error: Windows couldn't format a partition on disk 0. The error occured while preparing the ...
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SSD partition as cache for torrent?

I download some data using P2P, and I have the same issue as other uTorrent users lately - the famous and feared "Disk Cache Overload 100%" message. It cripples my system into a no-go when there's a ...
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Should I test that an SSD is working properly the same way I test an HDD?

I habitually test new or repurposed HDDs with badblocks -w before using them, just as a precaution. Now that I'm starting to use SSDs, I'm not sure if the same test is appropriate. Is there a more ...
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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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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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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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How can I manage partitions on Windows 7 Install?

On my home desktops I have an SSD as a primary disk, then a larger SATA disk as a secondary. The thing is, when I install Windows 7 on the SSD, the 100MB "System Reserved" system partition is built on ...
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Do you need to reinstall Windows 8 if you want to use a SSD Drive?

I've heard that if you clone Windows 8 over to an SSD from an HDD that you will not get the SSD drivers which help windows 8 take full advantage of using the SSD like TRIM ect... Is it required to ...
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Windows 8.1 suddenly booting slowly, ntfs event id 98 appearing in the system log for each drive

This morning my PC took much longer to boot than normal, 60 seconds instead of the usual 10 or so. Investigating the event viewer I see that now on every boot there's an ntfs event 98, example below, ...
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How to run SSD in XP with SATA hard drive to IDE adapter

Any tips please? I have a 840 EVO SSD, a SATA Hard Drive to IDE (ATA-133/100) UDMA PATA Adapter and XP. I have an old Dell Dimension 4550 with a soon to fail HD so since I have a spare SSD, want to ...
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How to confirm that my SSD running as cache correctly?

I am using HP Workstation laptop, with a SSD as cache. I have installed a new Windows 8 on my laptop. There is nothing related to the SSD from software side so far I know, so I cannot know did my ...
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Acer laptop won't recognize SSDs

I bought an Acer Aspire e1-472g-6844, and am trying to replace the HDD with SSD. I have tried 2 different SSDs (both from Crucial, but different models) and neither one works. I have tried 3 different ...
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Self Encrypting Drives - is it possible to bypass ATA password?

I am using TrueCrypt but I want to buy SSD with SED, it's Samsung 840 Evo. After firmware upgrade it "supports advanced data security features(TCG/Opal and IEEE 1667)". If I set ATA password, would ...
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Partition offset at 63, 64, 2048 or 4096?

I did not wish to use the entire SSD for OpenBSD 5.5. (The SSD is new and pre-formatted with MSDOS using Gparted) During installation and at the fdisk stage, I chose Partition #: 0 to install OpenBSD ...
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How to detect if I/O errors are because of HDD fail or other Hardware/Software issues?

On my current system I had a 2TB HDD from Segate, after 2 years Windows started to restart on boot, so I formatted and installed ubuntu. All worked great but after a while I would get I/O errors, ...
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What happens if I execute fstrim for a HDD instead of SSD?

Sorry for my not so good English. I'm preparing a Xubuntu 12.04 Clonezilla image for rapid deployment to new PCs in my company. PCs we are buying may have either HDD or SSD drives. My boss requested ...
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Bitlocker with 2 SSDs in RAID 0 - Does TRIM function?

I've found that in Windows 7 and 8 if you have one of the newer versions of Intel Rapid Storage Technology the TRIM command is passed to SSDs in a RAID configuration (see here for example ...
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Issues doing a clean install of windows 8 64 bit

I have a Asus K42JE laptop and recently installed a new M500 480GB SSD. Since adding the new SSD, I am unable to install windows 8.1 on it. I keep getting the following error 'We couldn't create a ...
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Do SSDs have to have AHCI to maximize performance?

After my last post concerning my motherboard's RAID, I'm considering purchasing an additional dedicated RAID controller, but I have a few concerns about what to buy, because I'm facing yet another ...
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Samsung SSD firmware update fails

Samsung Magician checks for new firmware update, finds it, prompts me to install it, I let it do that, then it fails to update. The SSD is an 840 EVO, 250 GB. I'll let the screenshots tell the story. ...
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Slow write speed on external SSD

I am experiencing slow write speeds using an external Inatek USB 3.0 2.5" External Enclosure (UASP supported) with a Samsung 840 120GB drive. I just started using this setup on a late 2013 iMac as an ...
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Flash based storage. Do i need to re-plug them back in to my PC from time to time? (Memory cards & SSD's)

I've bought some memory cards for the purpose of backing up & storing my pictures and videos in case my PC's hard drive fails or the data on it becomes unreadable. The hard drive may not fail for ...
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Windows from HDD to SSD via clone

Is there an easy way to enable all the SSD features for Windows Server 2012 R2? I would like to avoid having to do a reinstall and just clone for time sakes. I've read it is best to do a fresh ...
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Windows boot performance - 52 seconds to initialize drives?

I had an issue with my primary SSD and I replaced it with another from a different brand, and at the same time I reordered my other 2 mechanical (C=ssd, D & E=mechanical). Now, when I load ...
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Cloning Windows from HD to SDD with Ubuntu

I wanted to clone my Windows 7 from HDD (160G) to SSD (250G). I put SSD on SATA3, booted an Ubuntu from usb stick, cloned in GParted via Copy&Paste and flagged the partition bootable. Then I ...
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Unable to boot Win 8.1: Error bad_system_config_info

Windows 8.1, 64 bit, home-built PC, running approx 4 years. OCZ-Vertex 256 GB drive, approx 1 year old, Drives D-H are 2 - 1 TB drives in a RAID 0 config, 8 GB RAM. Upgraded from Win 7 to Win 8.1 ...
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What are the differences between Host Protected Area (HPA), Device Configuration Overlay (DCO), and service area of a HDD/SDD?

I'm confused about the differences between the Host Protected Area (HPA), Device Configuration Overlay (DCO), and the service area of a HDD or SSD. From what I gather on the wiki pages, disks can have ...
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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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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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Is my swap space being over used in OS X in /private/var/swap?

I'm using Disk Inventory X to look at whats taking up the most disk space on my HD. I understand that private/var/vm/ is where the OS stores items when it goes into hibernate. I have 8GB of ram, but ...
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Dual boot Ubuntu and Windows 8 on a SSD+HDD ultrabook

I have this configuration on an Asus VivoBook: Disk 0 is a 1 TB HDD disk while Disk 2 is a 24 GB SSD. I would like to keep the existing windows 8 installation and add ubuntu in dual boot. I will ...
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New Laptop and freshly installed SSD - Why does AS SSD Benchmarks records a slow performance?

I have just installed a new SSD into my new laptop (Asus G75VX) and made a quick test through the AS SSD Benchmark Tool. My SSD is slow (Q Series 256 GB), see results below: Read ...