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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Execute file from NTFS formatted HDD in Ubuntu [duplicate]

I have Ubuntu installed on SSD with a normal NTFS formatted HDD for storage. I created a c++ project in Eclipse with the workspace on HDD. My problem is that Eclipse create files with rw attributes, ...
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How can I render an SSD permanently inoperable with no chance of data recovery?

On platter drives, when it is time to dispose of them, a degaussing takes care of the data and in most cases erases the factory pre-recorded servo tracks rendering the drive useless. What does one do ...
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Solid State Disk (SSD) Disappeared After Power Failure

I was using Intel Smart Response Technology (using SSD for caching HDD). After a sudden power failure, both BIOS screens and Windows boots become very slow. After checking about whats wrong, I ...
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Why is Marvell SATA 3 storage interface not recommended for SSD?

I am planning to add an SATA 3 SSD drive to my computer which has a Gigabyte UD7 motherboard (link)(Socket 1366, Intel X58 chipset). The SSD drive will be used purely as an OS drive for Win8.1 x64. ...
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Is it possible to upgrade the 'instant on' 20GB SSD used for caching on Acer Aspire?

I have recently purchased an Acer Aspire s3 391. One of the major appeal of this ultrabook was the fact that it sports a 20GB SSD that is caching Intel's 'instant on' technology to allow the device to ...
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Home laptop component purchase advice: should I buy an SSD or a HDD with my device specs? [closed]

I finally crashed my old HDD (backup was made from the first SMART notice). But now the problems is what drive to buy? I had a 500 GB SATA/300 5400 RPM device with 8 MB cache. My machine is a ...
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Lightweight edition of Windows 7 or another alike OS? [closed]

I have a 64GB SSD, which I use for OS. Windows 7 and 8 use a lot of space once they install all the latest updates. It eats about half of my SSD space. I would like to have a very lightweight edition ...
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2006/2007 iMac SSD fresh OS X installation

Today I replaced the 2x512MB sticks with 2x2GB sticks of DDR2 RAM and replaced the crumby slow 250GB hard drive with a 90GB Muskin SSD. We ran out of time because the OS X installation DVD only ...
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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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what would better improve a notebook's performance, a 4GB DDR3 or a 100GB SSD [closed]

I am using thinkpad E430 with win8 as my primary workstation. The notebooks bears lots of computing and programming tasks and I need to alternate between vmware guest os(linux) and my host win8 quite ...
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SSD – smartctl – Status

I have a SAMSUNG SSD 830 Series SSD in my MacBook Pro. In my work, I need to analyse huges amounts of data. I have php scripts that extract the data, build csv sheets, then gnuplot generates hundreds ...
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VM ware still doesn't work very well even with VM Player 5.0.2 on an external USB3

I have had problems trying to use VM images on an Integral 512Gb external ssd with USB3. My new Dell Latitude E6230 has two USB3 ports. I was on VMPlayer 4.0.4 which works extremely well when the VM ...
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Partitioning an SSD with sfdisk

I have been trying to partition this SSD (Samsung 840) nicely for a while now. I want to make sure the pages line up with the SSD pages to limit the amount of writes. I found this site which ...
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Too complex PowerPoint file vs. Inadequate SSD space

I've been finding my laptop is "struggling" with some complex documents. For example, recently I was working on a moderately complicated presentation using PowerPoint 2010 (OS: Windows 7) and the ...
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System does not boot from SSD after re-installation

I have an ASUS S56CM with UEFI firmware, x64, Windows 8. Core i3 processor 500 GB HDD (496 GB and 4 GB marked as boot) 24 GB SSD (18 GB and 4 GB marked as OEM partition) 4 GB RAM The system used ...
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Installing windows 7 on Inspiron 14z hybrid hdd/ssd

So the copy of Windows 8 wont boot on my Inspiron 14z Ultrabook, I don't have a recovery disc, and don't want to wait for Dell to send me a new disc. I think I'd rather have Windows 7 anyways. I have ...
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Accelerate tab missing after reinstall

I had SSD caching enabled and working without problems, but I had to reinstall my Windows 8 and now can't reenable it, because the tab is missing. I have read many similar threads and tried all ...
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Preserving One Key Recovery feature while migrating to a smaller SSD

The question is simple, but the answer might be complicated as I am not targeting One Key Recovery feature of a specific vendor, I'm searching for a answer in general. Suppose I'm migrating from a 1 ...
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Would a high quality USB 3 SSD beat the speeds of a SATA II internal 7200rpm for gaming? [closed]

I have a gaming laptop and a desktop that I switch between pretty regularly due to not being home often. Rather than purchasing two SSDs, I was considering whether I could get away with getting a ...
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SSD RAID Controller, 6Gbps bandwidth limit for the whole controller or per SSD [closed]

We are looking to buy raid controllers and 4 SSD's in raid10 on it, will the raid controller be a bottleneck of this setup?
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What is the function of the four pins on my SSD?

While searching for an answer, I found this question on SU what is the purpose of this 4 pin interface on sata hdds and why doesnt it exist on SSDs? Well, on my Kingston HyperX SSD drive, they do ...
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Solid State Drive suddenly stopped working

I had SSD in my desktop and I had Windows 7 installed in it. Week age computer asked to restart to install the updates and I did. After that computer didn't boot. Finally I found that my SSD is not ...
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Adding a SSD on existing configuration

I want to install a SSD to speed up my computer, but I'am still unsure on how to. I currently have 2 hard drives of each 500GB partitionned into one volume of 200GB for the OS and software, the ...
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How can I determine the SATA controller version on Windows?

I have recently bought the ASUS N550JV-DB71 and am planning on replacing the Bluray Drive with an SSD. Is there any way that I can confirm whether the BD Drive is connected via a SATA 2 or a SATA 3 ...
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What is my laptop SSD actually doing, and how to make the most of it? [duplicate]

I have a Lenovo IdeaPad U310 laptop which comes with a 24GB SSD. It is running Windows 8. I understand that the SSD is there to improve system performance, as it operates a lot faster than a ...
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Many programs do not respond for a while after memory and SSD upgrade

A few months ago I installed an SSD and memory on my notebook. I also started using Windows 8 and started having many programs going into 'Not Responding' state for a while (sometimes up to a minute) ...
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How do I enable a self-encrypting drive (SED) on Windows 7?

I recently purchased a HP laptop with Windows 7 Pro and a MTFDDAK256MAM-1K12 (https://www.micron.com/parts/solid-state-storage/ssd/mtfddak256mam-1k12) self-encrypting SSD drive (SED). However, I ...
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Replaced optical drive with SSD in caddy, but BIOS freezes (Acer Aspire 5740-5847)

I tried replacing the optical drive of my Acer Aspire 5740-5847 with an Intel SSD (inside a caddy I bought from ebay), but then the BIOS freezes, after showing that it has detected both hard drives - ...
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Viable to dual boot Windows alongside OS X for games?

I need some advice. I'm currently running OS X Mountain Lion on my computer on an old HDD. Now there's some games I want to play on Windows, and I'm thinking of getting a big SSD and dual booting OS X ...
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MacBook Pro takes about 45 seconds to boot up with SSD, no faster than with hard drive

I have a month old 13 inch Macbook Pro (8GB RAM and 2.9 Ghz i7) and today I swapped the stock HD for a Samsung 840 Pro. I've shut it down and booted up several times with the SSD installed and it ...
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How to optimize my SSD and HDD configuration [duplicate]

I have completed my first custom PC build. I installed Windows 8 Pro and I have a few questions pertaining to the OS and the way I should configure my hard discs. I have a 128 GB SSD that I installed ...
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Dell XPS laptop BIOS complains after installing SSD

I installed a Samsung 830 SSD in my XPS L501X and now every time it boots, after the logo screen it beeps twice, rattles the DVD drive and displays this message (and nothing else) Press <F1> to ...
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Samsung SSD 840 Pro not properly recognized in bios?

I recently purchased a Samsung ATIV Book 6 laptop, and swapped out the hard drive for a Samsung SSD 840 PRO Series (512 GB). Unfortunately, I can't seem to boot off of it. On the main BIOS screen, ...
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What is the Erase Block Size of my Vaio SSD disk?

I have a Vaio VPCZ12X9E/X with a RAID 0 SSD Flash Quad, 128 GB. To install Archlinux I need to know the Erase Block Size (EBS) of the SSD drive. As the EBS is vendor specific, I tried with some ...
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fastest non volatile memory type available for High Performance Computing/ Cloud computing? [closed]

I am working on parallel computing and distributed programs and noticed that file i/o is quite a bottleneck. It seems quite clear this particular aspect is major issue in many high performance ...
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RAID0 SSD performance degredation

I have a computer built to acquire uncompressed 2048 x 2048 16 bit images at 100 frames per second in real time, writing to disk. A RAID0 of SSDs is thus the only option. For the past month or so, ...
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BSOD with Windows 7, error code f4, SSD implied?

I'm currently facing blue screens on Windows 7 64-bits, that happen 45 minutes or so after system start-up. The error code I get is 0xF4, which, according to MS bug check codes corresponds to the ...
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How can I debug issues with my SSD?

My computer has slowed to a crawl, and I'm pretty sure my SSD is the culprit. As of this morning, my OS takes forever to start up (20+ minutes to get to the Windows login). Ever since I installed the ...
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Install Windows 7 on Asus Laptop with additional SSD not working

I have an Asus N56VJ and removed the CD drive and put in an additional SSD. The SSD is recognized under Windows 8 and working. I tried the following to install Win7 on the SSD (I don't want Win8 at ...
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SSD is detected under Win8 and in BIOS SATA Config but not in boot menu

I've got the following issue: My new SSD I put in my Asus N56VJ for the CD drive is detected and working under Win8. In the BIOS menu under SATA-Configuration it's listed as well. But it is not ...
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Why does diskpart set the volume attributes on all volumes?

I was trying to migrate a Win7 OS from a HDD to a SSD. I've created 2 partition with 1024KB offset, with diskpart: 100MB System Reserved and a 60GB for C:. I've cloned their contents using Easeus ...
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Can I simply cut and paste a programs' folder onto another internal HDD and still be able to run the program?

I have two internal hard drives in my computer. A 120 GB Samsung 840 SSD and a Western Digital Blue 1 TB hard drive. I have a few games installed on the SSD and I was curious if moving the games onto ...
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How can I copy the data of one SSD to a different SSD

I wish to mirror the data on my Crucial M4 128GB to a Samsung 840 Evo 512GB because I don't want to reinstall Windows 7 and reconfigure & reinstall everything from scratch. What do I need? How ...
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SSD with a PC - Snazzy use cases? [closed]

What are some off beat use cases I can put my new SSD to work at with a PC. Pretty happy with my current boot times as well as performance on a standard HDD. I got this SSD and trying to find ...
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Does using 'Sleep' affect the SSD?

I have a Windows 8 SSD-only Ultrabook, and I was wondering if using the 'Sleep' mode affects the SSD negatively? Thank you, Mark
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RAID, SSD or alternative software for playing back raw 1080p60 video?

I am a researcher working on video compression. As part of my work I need to play back raw (i.e. not compressed) video at the correct frame rate for participants to view as part of a compression ...
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Best media for long-term backup without access : USB key vs DVD vs SD card vs HDD vs SSD vs …? [closed]

Consider that one want to keep a backup of some data by placing a media in a secret place (under earth, in a rock, in a wall...). What would be the best media with the best long term data stability ...
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SSD suddenly not recognized anymore in MacBook Air

Last night I turned off my MacBook Air A1465 with no problems at all. No hanging application or force shutdowns, but when I woke it up today, I get prompted with a map and a question mark. I've ...
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What adjustments should be done for a SSD?

I have recently upgraded my desktop PC and installed a SSD as system drive. I read somewhere that these drives "don't like" being written on too much and that one needs to enable/disable certain OS ...
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Same hdd (ssd) password not working on different laptop

I have a samsung ultrabook which is not working anymore. So i decided to use it's ssd on different laptop. Tried on two different laptop (lenovo g570, samsung r522) but password is not working and i ...