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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Should I install my operating system on my SSD or HDD?

I'm currently deciding whether to install my Operating System on my SSD (solid state drive) or HD (hard drive). Will I be having programs on the HDD and the OS on the SSD or vice verca? Which will ...
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How is SSD lifetime affected by usage pattern and amount of free space?

It is known that SSDs are relatively very limited in the number of writes they can take before starting to slow down or otherwise deteriorate. Suppose I have a 250GB SSD with 225GB of files which are ...
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Do SSD disks do not last as long with Windows XP as with other OS? [closed]

We do software development (Visual C++) on Windows, and already had a few cases where developers using SSD disks with Windows XP had to replace their disks after a (one, 1) year of usage, because they ...
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Is the speed difference I get from putting my SSD in RAID mode negligible?

I've got two 80GB Gen2 Intel SSDs, currently in RAID 0. I'm about to reformat for an unrelated reason, and I'm wondering if maybe I should just leave them as independent drives. The primary reason ...
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Troubleshooting slow SSD

I have a Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120GB SSD (http://www.mushkin.com/Digital-Storage/SSDs/MKNSSDCR120GB.aspx). Its performance is rated as: Capacity: 120GB Read Speed: up to 550MB/sec ...
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Adding a SATA 6 Gbit/s PCI Express controller card?

If I add a SATA 6 Gbit/s PCI Express card to my motherboard, will I get similar speed to native SATA ports built into the motherboard? I ask because I have a SATA 6 Gbit/s SSD and my motherboard ...
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Can I use Intel RST caching on another (i.e. non-OS) hard drive?

Is it possible to cache a (non-OS) HDD with an SSD in RST? I used RST to create a regular RAID volume of 128GB (I had to put the SSD and the HDD in RAID because RST requires it). I want to configure ...
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Intel Rapid Storage / Smart Response SSD caching issue

Background Recently built my own PC. It works! Almost. It's been a while since getting into the guts of these things, so I'm familiar but may be missing something simple. FYI, I don't care about ...
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Is it ok to use Bittorrent on solid state drives (SSD)?

I heard it's not recommended because of all the writing on the drive? (My friend wants to know)
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Copying an HDD to an SSD?

I am thinking about buying an SSD in the near future for my notebook. Is it possible to copy all files from an HDD to the new SSD, without having to format everything and install all apps again?
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Intel Rapid Storage refuses to work (no button in SRT utility)

I've got a fresh Dell Inspiron 15R SE with pre-installed Windows 8, 1Tb HDD and 32Gb SSD on mSATA included by manufacturer specifically for caching purposes and advertised as such. The problem is that ...
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Why SAS SSDs are better than SATA SSDs? Or…not really?

I read a lot about the differences between Serial ATA, Serial-Attached SCSI and Near-Line SAS. I understood that SATA drives are mainly used in client computers, enterprise archive storage arrays, ...
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No discs found when trying to install Windows 8 with UEFI

I have a Vizio Notebook (CN15-A5). It came pre-installed with Windows 8 x64 and is taking advantage of UEFI out of the box. The BIOS (APTOS AMI) is in Secure Boot mode with the OS selected as "Windows ...
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Win7: How do I force TRIM on SSD, when system partition is encrypted with TrueCrypt?

I beg folks answering this question to stick to the point, and refrain from answers such as "why do you run encryption anyway", or "use Bitlocker instead". This question is specifically about ...
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Windows 7 New SSD SATA AHCI?

I recently got a new laptop (Dell Latitude E6410) which came with a regular hard drive. I removed the hard drive and installed Windows 7 64 bit fresh. I've been doing some reading about possibly ...
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Is there a S.M.A.R.T. for Flash Drives?

There's a technology called S.M.A.R.T. that tells you when a HDD is about to go bad. Is there a similar technology for SSD/Thumbdrives?
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SSD drive is not recognized while installing Windows

I just bought an SSD SATA drive, and wish to install Windows 7 directly on it. The problem is, when Windows asks me where do I want to install it, it doesn't recognize any drives. I have ...
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Should the pagefile be placed on the SSD or the HDD?

I have read quite a bit about the placement of page files lately (researching my question) and have not found an answer specific to my question, so hopefully someone here can help. New system being ...
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To RAID or not to RAID: SSDs and virtualization

I am approaching that time where my main PC has slowed enough due to Windows rot that I should probably reinstall. Instead of spending a week arm-wrestling, reinstalling and configuring only to find ...
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No Accelerate button/tab on Intel Rapid Storage window

I have an ASUS P8Z68 motherboard with a Corsair SSD as my primary boot drive. I have a TB standard hard drive as a secondary data drive. I am attempting to use an older Intel SSD as a cache on the ...
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Is it beneficial to enable Rapid Mode on a Samsung solid state drive?

I recently bought a Samsung 840 EVO 500 gb solid state drive for my laptop. There's a feature (disabled by default) called RAPID (Real Time Acceleration Processing of I/O Data) Mode. From what I can ...
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SSD for application only?

What would be the impact on application startup speed in a system where the SSD only contains application data and the OS is located on a hard drive? Would I see difference versus the same setup, but ...
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How do I duplicate my Windows 7 boot SSD drive to another drive?

I have a 2009 first-generation 64 GB SSD drive (manufacturer: G.Skill) that acts as my boot disk for Windows 7. I've installed new applications and media on another hard drive, but the OS is on the ...
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Does an SSD help to speed up a Pentium D PC?

I have an office Pentium D PC that i have to use for work, and it is .. very slow. The only "enhancement" i can to it is perhaps to install an SSD for use as its primary drive. May i know if this can ...
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Core i3-2100 with 65W power supply?

Did i totally screw things up on this build? I have a an Antek ISK 300-65 mini-itx case which has a 65w PSU on it. I bought a Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge (Not the 'T' version), an OCZ Vertex 2 ...
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Most efficient use of my SSD and new/old hard drives

To begin with, here are my computer's current specifications: -Windows 8 Pro, 64 bits -Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 -Processor: AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop ...
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SSD and Netbook - freezing during I/O

I have a netbook (Dell Inspiron mini 10) that I recently upgraded to an SSD (Plextor PX-256M3). The netbook has 1 GB of RAM (non-upgradable), and just the simple "Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE ...
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Can I insert a SATA II (3Gb/s) drive into a SATA 6Gb/s slot?

The general form of this question is "Can a SATA II SSD plug into a SATA 6Gb/s port on a motherboard?" I am looking into building a PC, but I would like to get an SSD for my OS and some programs that ...
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How can I take advantage of Full Disk Encryption used on SSDs?

Both my OCZ Vertex 2 240GB (with it's SF-1200 series controller) and my Intel SSD 320 support full disk AES encryption. I would like to use BitLocker on this laptop to prevent data theft, but ...
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Is it possible that solid state drives (or any faster drive) will make common applications faster even if they are cached?

I assumed that solid state drives are insignificant after, say, Firefox is fully brought up and no important disk activity after that is going on. However, I wonder if some kind of 'cached from the ...
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SSD Heat Performance

I'm currently searching for a good boot drive for a desktop. Is heat an issue for an SSD?
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Slow solid state drive on laptop running Linux

I installed a solid state drive on my laptop, but I don't get the blazing speeds which people write about. My system: Laptop: Acer Aspire 7552G-6061 Solid state drive: Crucial 256GB M4 CT256M4SSD2 ...
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How can I determine whether a given SSD and motherboard are compatible?

How can I determine whether a given SSD and motherboard are compatible? For example, I have an OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTX50G 2.5" 50GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive and a GIGABYTE ...
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Is there a utility can set all unused bits to 1 in an SSD?

Is there a utility can set all unused bits to 1 in an SSD? If so, is using it an effective way to clear an SSD that does not support TRIM?
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Detect if SSD is faulty

Every time I boot the SSD on Win7 I get a message: "One or more of your disks needs to be checked for consistency." After running scannow, it said that some of my files are corrupt and cannot be ...
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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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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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How do I determine if an SSD fits into my tablet/notebook?

I have a Lenovo X220 Tablet. My question is: How do I determine if an SSD, e.g. this OCZ Octane SATA III SSD will fit?
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Is it worth buying a SATA III SSD while my mobo supports only SATA II? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it worth to get a SATA-3 controller to max my SSD out? After multiple thoughts I decided to buy my first SSD drive, and after some research i've found theese: OCZ ...
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Issues when upgrading Lenovo Ideapad Flex 2 14 with an SSD

After purchasing a Lenovo Ideapad Flex 2 14, I tried to upgrade it and replaced the HDD with an SSD from my older laptop. After putting in the SSD, I encountered a numerous amount of problems. First, ...
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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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Why does performance of a regular hard drive decrease over the duration of a benchmark while SSD doesn't?

I use HD Tune to measure performance of the hard drive. The tests typically take 2-3 minutes and the transfer rate of a regular hard drive decreases dramatically as the test comes to a close. ...
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How to prevent programs (e.g. Process Monitor) from killing my SSD in 2 weeks?

I just got my first SSD - Intel 320 Series 120GB yesterday. And I have SSDLife monitoring in the background. I have TRIM enabled. After I have installed all software, and did some basic testings. ...
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Configuring an SSD

I just bought an Intel X25-M SSD for my netbook, running XP. I noticed some increase in speed, not so dramatic though. Is there any configuration I'm supposed to except putting my OS on it?
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How can I verify that my SSD is performing as it should?

EDIT: Okay, so I've no idea what caused the change, but after trying loads of different things to work out what was wrong, I've rerun the WEI (about the 4th time in total) and the score has jumped to ...
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How long will a Solid-State-Drive (SSD) keep its data while not in use? [closed]

Here's my usecase: once-and-only-once copy off photos/videos to an internal SATA Solid State Drive (SSD) put this drive in a well-ventilated, air-conditioned bank "safety deposit box" for safe ...
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Should AHCI be enabled for an SSD?

I have ordered a OCZ SSD and it will be the first that I have installed. In prepping for it's arrival and install, I reviewed MSI web site to be sure I do as much right the first time as possible. On ...
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Explain TRIM, and are all SSD's going to support this with firmware updates?

I just bought a Kingston 64GB SSD to install an OS on, but after purchasing it I noticed a review that said it doesn't support TRIM and that this isn't good to install an OS. So, I did a bit of ...
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Does Windows XP support the SSD trim command?

I am thinking about purchasing an SSD to speed up my Windows XP system. I heard that the TRIM command is important to maintaining the SSD performance over the long run. So is getting an SSD for ...
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Install Windows 8 on SSD and Program & Users on HDD

I have been dealing with a few problems while installing Windows 8 on my computer. On my old configuration, I had Windows 7 installed on my 60 GB SSD, and my programs and user data on my 1TB HDD, ...