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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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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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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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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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 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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SSD for Visual studio : Intel X25-m G2 or OCZ Vertex

looking for laptop upgrade, and thinking about SSD drive. Laptop would be Dell Studio XPS with T9400 as i can get one for a very good price. So i was thinking about replacing the built in 500 GB hdd ...
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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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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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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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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 / 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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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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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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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? How?...
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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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Does having TRIM enabled affect other hard drives on a computer (and how do you know when Windows is using it)?

I recently purchased a new solid state drive (an OCZ Vertex 2 (80 GB)) to use primarily for my operating system. I also have three other SATA hard drives of assorted sizes for long-term data storage. ...
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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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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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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 state ...
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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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Can I install a SATA 6 Gb/s SSD on a laptop that came with a SATA 1.5 Gb/s hard drive?

I am having a ASUS F8Vr laptop. It has a 250GB SATA I HDD. I am planing of changing it to a SSD HDD, may b Corsair Force Series GS CSSD-F360GBGS-BK. Not decided yet. Can I do this? I know the ...
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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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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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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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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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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 GA-H67A-...
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Spanning volume disk usage

I have two SSD disks of 256GB and I want to create a single spanning volume of 512GB. I am using Windows 10. What I want to know is how will Windows handle this under the hood. Will the first disk ...
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Installing Windows on one drive but Program Files on another [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I change the default program installation directory in Windows 7? I'm toying with the idea of getting a SSD to replace my main drive. However, due to the relatively ...
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Windows 10 Eating up Disk Space

I recently upgraded to Windows 10. It's been a pretty rocky road thus far. My current issue is Windows 10 keeps using up my SSD's disk space until it has none left and then complains I have no space ...
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SSD drives lifetime [closed]

Some years ago when I was looking to buy an SSD drive, I remember reading about how SSD drives had low lifetime with frequent read/writes, so I backed off. Now I see this in Specifications: http://...
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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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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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Hard Drive Remaining Space Not Matching up With Current Space

my hard drive is reported to have 65GB left out of a possible 223GB, however running WinDirStat and doing it via Windows, the hard drive only has about 60GB of used space. Where has the other 150GB of ...
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running low on disk space

I am using Windows 7 installed on a 120 Gb SSD. Today I have noticed, that there is only 2GB of free space left on it, so I started to clean things up. I realized that only my user profile takes ...
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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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Why not use SSD space as RAM?

I am new to the hardware side of things. I run a few machines which have 400GB+ SSD's and 32GB RAM. I have been thinking about going up to 64GB RAM, however, I was thinking, since SSD's are solid-...
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What is the difference between mSATA and SATA SSDs?

Is there any difference between an mSATA SSD and an SATA SSD (other than the fact that the mSATA doesn't take up a disk slot)?
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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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How badly do SSDs degrade without TRIM?

SSDs have been out for a few years, and have seen all kinds of usage patterns. Windows and Linux support the TRIM command, with Mac OS still trailing behind here. Update (2011): It appears OSX Snow ...
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What's the technical difference between a flash drive and an SSD?

I was just reading a question on backups with flash drives, but I was not quite sure why SSDs would be better than flash drives for backups. To me, solid-state drives look like larger versions of ...
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Is there Linux support for TRIM on SSD drives?

Does any know if there is a way to enable TRIM support on Linux for SSDs? This is included with Windows 7, and I was surprised that I couldn't find much information about it under Linux. Info on SSD ...
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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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How can I verify that my SSD is performing as it should?

I've got a brand new 256GB SSD (Crucial CT256M225) which should have stellar performance. However, on my (also brand new) Dell Studio 1557 with Windows 7 Professional 64 bit, it's only giving a ...
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Are SSD's really reliable enough for power users?

TL;DR (though please read my full experience before jumping in with a quick answer.) A power user performs a certain amount of write cycles. Does an MLC SSD drive support enough write cycles to last ...
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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 ...