Solid-state drive; a device that uses solid-state memory to persistently store data, often as a replacement for a traditional hard drive. Because SSDs do not use mechanical seeking to access data, they can provide much higher performance than hard drives especially with random I/O operations.

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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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Is alignment to erase block size needed for modern SSD's?

I now this topic has been somewhat discussed before but I haven't managed to get a clear picture. I’m trying to figure out whether partition alignment to erase block size is necessary with recent-ish ...
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Cannot boot Windows 8.1 after migrating to Samsung SSD using supplied software

I got a brand new Samsung 840 SSD. It came with "Data Migration" software from Samsung. I am running Windows 8.1. Here are my steps exactly: Installed new SSD into secondary bay (Disk 0: HDD, ...
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How do I determine whether a drive is an HDD or SSD in Windows 8?

I've recently received an assembled PC. I don't know if the disk is an SSD or old HDD (whether SATA or other technologies). I can't find a way to tell if the disk is SSD or not, apart from the size ...
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Power consumption: SSD vs HDD

In questions like this one and in websites everywhere it's noted that SSDs use much less power than HDDs... usually citing ~2 W vs ~6 W for HDDs, my question (and sorry if its stupid just need to be ...
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Will an SSD help prevent laptop overheating?

My laptop has a severe overheating problem, even though it's quite new (< 6 month). It's still regularly overheating to the point where it shuts down. This usually happens while playing games but ...
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btrfs: HUGE metadata allocated

I have a 256GB SSD disk on which I converted my ext4 root FS to btrfs. I erased the ext4 backup subvolume, enabled compression and defragmented recursively to enable it on all files. btrfs fi df / ...
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ExpressCache vs. Intel's Rapid Storage and Smart Response Technologies

What is the difference between Samsung's ExpressCache Technology and Intel's Rapid Storage Technology? From the very little I understand about computer hardware, it seems that they both use a small ...
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Changing from RAID to AHCI and Windows 7 will not boot

I had a RAID0 array that for all intents and purposes went to hell. I put a new SSD (same on-board Intel controller) and installed a new copy of Windows on it and all the drivers (Intel Rapid Storage, ...
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Is my SSD failing? Can it be saved if so?

I'm worried my SSD is failing. I store a few games and Windows 7 on it. Everything else is stored on my HDD. As of late, my computer will bluescreen after about an hour or two of being powered up. ...
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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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Is it worth buying SSDs for a RAID?

Im seeing people using SSDs for RAID-0 and getting excellent improvements in read/write rates. But now there is a good opportunity to acquire another SSD Force Corsair F60 identical to mine. I'm ...
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To what extent is size a factor in SSD performance?

To what extent is the size of an SSD a factor in its performance? In my mind, correct me if I'm wrong, a bigger SSD should be, everything else being equal, faster than a smaller one. A bigger SSD ...
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SSD “healthcheck”?

Is there a program for linux to check the health an SSD drive?
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Disadvantages of not having a swap partition

I recently installed Ubuntu 10.04 on my laptop. Due to space constraint of the SSD, I did not set a swap partition for the OS, and I have 1.5GB of RAM. There's a warning during installation, but I ...
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Can I replace laptop's optical drive with SSD or other hard disk?

Can I replace my optical drive with a hard drive? I have an Asus N61J laptop, I have seen some sites on the web that advertise this procedure for Apple notebooks. I would prefer not to have an ...
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How do I determine whether my SSD (Samsung UM41) supports the TRIM command?

I'm running Ubuntu 10.04 and lshw shows a "SAMSUNG SSD UM41". Any way for me to determine (1) that my SSD supports TRIM, and (2) that my OS and FS (ext4) are actually using this? Update: Rather than ...
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Moving files from one partition to another on an SSD

If a drive doesn't know about partitions and files systems why moving a file from one partition to another takes relatively long time, unlike the instantaneous move on the same partition? Is that file ...
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How do I find out if I have SATA 2 or SATA 3?

I need to upgrade a Dell Inspiron 5520 mid 12 laptop with a Samsung 850 pro SSD. How do I check whether my laptop with a 3rd gen i7 processor has SATA 2 or SATA 3?
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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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How damaged is my SSD disc

It is known that after exceeding write procedure to particular SSD sector count this sector dies and is replaced with another one from reserved ones. Please, correct me if I'm wrong. I suppose it ...
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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 to unmark an NTFS cluster as bad?

How do I unmark clusters as bad in NTFS? Background I mistakenly ran >chkdsk /R on my SSD, where /R: Locates bad sectors and recovers readable information (implies /F) /F: Fixes errors ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to manually trim an SSD in Windows 7?

I would like to manually trim my SSD in Windows 7. Is this possible?
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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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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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HDD very slow performance after full copy from SSD

The PC: Core i7-4770, 16GB RAM. There are 120GB SSD and 1TB HDD (new without any bads). On the SSD I had Windows 8.1 installed with all other stuff. Someday all programs exceeded 120GB limit and I ...
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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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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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How to use the SSD for caching in Windows without Intel Smart Response?

My motherboard is Asus P8B75-M. It doesn't have Intel Smart Response. But recently I bought a SSD. Since I mostly use linux I have Linux installed in it. But can I use it to speed up Windows also? ...
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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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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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SSD on Windows XP [closed]

I'm going to get an SSD drive for my computer and install Windows XP on it. I've read online that Windows XP isn't very SSD friendly and there are things you need to do to optimize for an SSD drive. ...
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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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Do SSDs really have a much shorter life than HDDs? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: HDD vs SSD durability After reading Jeff Atwood's recent blog post on solid state drives, I'm somewhat deterred in wanting to own one. I basically want to use solid ...
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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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What's faster for office work - SSD + slow CPU or HDD + fast CPU [closed]

I am going to buy "new" (it can be used) notebook for my work - mostly heavy surfing (I need more browsers with many tabs opened), programming and other office work. I have no experience with this: ...
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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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Does newly formatted SSD get proper partition alignment?

When I create partitions on a new SSD using Windows XP64 SP2, are they properly aligned? The answer for XP was NO, so I'm having another question: How about (up to date) Ubuntu? According to ...