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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HDD on SATA I (1.5 Gbps)

I am planning to buy an SSD for my laptop, but my budget isn't high enough to afford something like a 1 TB SSD; the most I can get on my budget is 240 GB.  So I am planning to go for an SSD, which I ...
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Can't install Linux on HP laptop - install can't see mSata SSD + HDD combo

I have an HP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4-1119tu that came with Windows 8.1, and I'm trying to add Debian Jessie in a dual-boot configuration. PREPARATION I made space on my hard-drive using a ...
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Desmistifiying SATA hotplug

I have a BIOS that has an option to enable hot-plug on individual ports. I have a sliding enclosure for HDD and SSD (nothing more than a pass-trhu to power and a sata port) that allow me to cut power ...
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Intel SSD DC P3600 1.2TB performance

I just got a workstation with an Intel SSD DC P3600 1.2TB on an Asus X99-E WS motherboard. I started Ubuntu 15.04 from a live CD and ran the Disks (gnome-disks) application to benchmark the SSD. The ...
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Replacing SSD in mid-2014 MacBook Pro

So I bought a mid 2014 MacBook Pro apparently JUST BEFORE the early 2015 one was discreetly released. From what I've read so far the EARLY (not the new one) 2015 Mac can be upgraded easily, but mid ...
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Dell Optiplex 745 crashes with SSD

I replaced the HDD with an SSD on my Dell Optiplex 745. Every 3 hours or so (it seems), the PC crashes, and reboots, and during reboot, it says there is no SATA device found. If I press ...
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How to make use of an iSSD to cache often used files (Asus UX32V)

I have an Asus Ultrabook model: UX32V It has a 500GB hard drive plus a hybrid 24GB SSD to accelerate performance. I just formatted it and installed Windows 8.1 to the 500GB drive. The software used ...
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Hard drive stopped working after trying to delete a partition

So I recently got an SSD, put it in my machine, installed my OS on it which is Windows 8.1 64bit, and after booting everything was perfect. I had an older hard drive of 1TB, and an SSD of 120GB. The ...
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Ubuntu: Slow Boot time. Ubuntu installed on SSD in DVD-Caddy. Laptop Acer 5750G

I removed the DVD optical drive and put a SSD in an optical drive caddy (similar to this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/2nd-Hard-Drive-Caddy-Adapter-for-Acer-Aspire-5750G-5755G-/280914405128). I have ubuntu ...
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SSD Data Refresh

As I've heard in many places, most predominantly on the techreport.com, an unpowered SSD will begin to lose data over time. Especially near the end of it's life. When the drive is powered on is the ...
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Thinkpad T410i SSD M.2

I would like to upgrade my Thinkpad T410i with SSD M.2 disk. The notebook has miniPCIE port (WWAN module). Can I put M.2 SSD disk to miniPCIE port?
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How to re-image windows on a a machine with single drive/hard

I'd like to purchase a Lenovo W541 laptop, but I have an issue with the way Lenovo changed their way of having HDD. On my current laptop I have two partitions/HDD, one for system files and one for ...
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Can't write partition Table

I own an Asus UX31A Prime - 8GB Ram and SSD 256GB - SanDisk. It started about two weeks ago after hibernation (Windows). The problem is that is stocks on boot/resume. I search around it by trying to ...
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upgrading to new board worth it (keeping old cpu) ? From SATA2/DDR2 to SATA3/DDR3

I currently own a AMD Phenom II X4 955 with a AM3 board (with SATA2 only and DDR2). I recently bought a Samsung 850 EVO ssd drive (250GB) for the OS. I know I'm not using my SATA3 SSD drive to it's ...
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Does a Seagate Desktop SSHD drive need to host the OS to optimize properly?

I've inherited a Seagate Desktop SSHD 2TB. I plan to add it to my gaming desktop which already has a 128GB SSD that currently hosts the OS (Windows 8.1). What I'm trying to determine is whether I ...
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Will any SATA hard drive work with any SATA motherboard?

This is the motherboard I have: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188024 My question is can I use any SATA hdd/ssd with this? ( as In SATA I, II, or III?) will a 6 Gb/s hdd work ...
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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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Usefulness of badblock on modern storage media

If I understand it correctly, badblocks just writes somewhat elaborate patterns to the supplied block device and reads it back. With modern hard drives doing extensive caching, sometimes have included ...
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Cloned disk isn't bootable

I have a Macbook Pro which has a Windows installation on one of the partitions. I bought a new desktop with a new SSD and wanted my Windows install from my Macbook on the new SSD. So I cloned the ...
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Cyclic Variation of SSD free disk space: WinDirStat results

When I first start my PC it says I have only have 1.1 GB free space! However when I restart it says 11.4 GB, if I then restart again it goes back to 1.1GB and so on. The actual figures are getting ...
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Move PageFile to another disk [closed]

I would like to remove the pagefile from my SSD drive to my 1TB hard drive. The answer below goes a long way to solving the problem. How can I move the page file to another physical disk location? ...
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Intel RS3UC080(LSI3008) + Samsung Evo 840 = slow writing performance?

I am getting pretty slow writing performance in comparison with my Z87 board. Does anybody know if these results are to be expected out of the Intel RS3UC080 or what the problem might be if there is ...
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Del Inspiron laptop no longer able to detect SSD

My Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop was working fine when it suddenly broke down. When it boots, it shows the error message: "No hard drive detected, please try to resolve the issue by reseating the drive." ...
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OCZ RevoDrive W7 migration issues to Samsung 850 EVO

trying to migrate W7 from OCZ revodrive to samsung ssd via the migration tool samsung provides. The cloning process seems to go through ok, but for some reason, it creates 2 partitions on the samsung ...
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After upgrading to an SSD, lost access to Windows refresh options. How do I get it back?

I upgraded my notebook from a spinning disk to an SSD. It's smaller (1TB vs 500GB), but by shrinking the main Windows partition I was able to fit all data, including the recovery partitions. However, ...
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Small SSD to Large SDD cloning, why isn't it allocating remainder of space?

I'm upgrading from a 120gb PNY SSD to a 500gb Samsung 850 SSD. I cloned the 120gb SSD using EaseUS Todo Backup onto the larger SSD. But it seemed to copy the setup of my smaller drive. So on my ...
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What's the technical difference between a flash drive and an SSD?

I was just reading this 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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How to manage space effectively on a small SSD

How do you manage disk space on a small SSD? I bought a new PC that came with a 128GB SSD (local disk) and 1TB internal drive. The OS takes up most of the space on the SSD. From the moment I turned ...
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Upgrade options for Lenovo 3000 C100 laptop

My father uses a very old Lenovo 3000 C100. Right now it has 2 GB RAM (increased long time ago by some shop) and a 40 GB hard drive. Windows XP was replaced by Windows 7 and it works ok. How much ...
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Is it possible for SSD to mis-diagnose its lifespan S.M.A.R.T parameter?

I have my crucial M4 256GB SSD for a little over 2 years, always had windows 7 on it, the SMART data never showed any problem, the last time I check I think the SMART reported 80% lifespan left on the ...
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How should I install windows with a 2 drive setup?

My PC has 2 drives: a small solid state, and a large hard drive. Obviously I want to install Windows on the solid state, but how can I configure it such that all other installations are defaulted to ...
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Computer boots up automatically when given power and screen shows no display?

I have a strange problem with my computer that I am building. I had to replace the original mobo (Asrock fatal1ty H97) due to compatibility issues (the system did boot up correctly with this mobo) , I ...
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fio: can't generate filenames based on jobnames

I am trying to benchmark performance using fio. Unfortunately I have some issues with fio (2.2.8 from git) and the interpretation of the manual. The manual reads (line 142, HOWTO): If no filename ...
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Fix BSOD error 0x7B without reinstallation

I recently upgraded my machine from a z87 platform to an X99 platform (specifically the Asus x99 Deluxe + 5930k), and when I went to transfer my old SSD containing Windows 7 Pro x64 to the new build, ...
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When using old SSD on a new laptop, the internet cannot connect

I recently bought a new laptop, and I just took the SSD from the old laptop and use it in the new laptop. So I didn't reinstall windows (8.1 64 bit), it's still the old one, but I did install all the ...
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Windows 10 - Hidden Program Files on another drive

I've just installed Windows 10 on my SSD. I wanted to install some programs on my bigger HDD so my SSD doesn't get full. So I wanted to create the folder "Programme" (I'm german) on my HDD (F:) but ...
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Which is safer: upgrading to SSD or never touching internals?

This is a question about risk. Solid-state storage drives are believed to generate less heat than mechanical drives. Large variations in temperature are bad for the longevity of notebook computers. ...
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64GB vs 128GB SSD cache drive

I have a Lenovo Y510p which I've had for about a year. After adding some RAM the other day I saw that it has an open m2 NGFF slot into which I can put a SSD drive. So I'm planning on buying a SSD ...
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Triple boot 3 OS's on 3 separate SSD's

I am attempting to set up a system with 3 separate OS's (Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 TP) all on three separate SSD's. I can currently boot into each one if I use a boot override via the UEFI BIOS on my ...
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Multiple PCIe Controllers

I am trying to exceed the 6Gb/s barrier of SATA3 I want to use RAID 0 on multiple SSD's and I am trying to come up with a (relatively inexpensive solution) I have 40 available PCIe lanes /16 are being ...
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ssd not recognized by windows 7

So I recently got a 2.5" 500GB SATA3 SSD (Crucial MX200) and a USB 3.0 to 2.5" SATA3 adapter. When I try plugging the SSD into my laptop via USB3 I'd expect the drive to show up in Disk Management in ...
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Files and folders suddenly vanishing on ssd

Recently, I built my mother a computer. It has a Crucial CT256MX100 SSD as the boot drive, along with a few other HDDs for backup and large file storage. She runs Win7. For some reason, every 2-5 ...
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Building a new PC - PCI-E lanes and how do they work

I'm looking to build a new gaming PC that will last a while. I want to use a PCI-E x8 SSD + GTX 780 SLI in this build. Now i'm looking around on the web to see what i need to support this in terms of ...
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Storage reliable measurement standard for sd card, sata hard disk, ssd hard disk

Is there a measurement standard that measure the reliability for the following storage devices: sd card sata hard disk (regardless 2.5 or 3.5 inch) ssd hard disk (regardless 2.5 or 3.5 inch) ...
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Intel Rapid Storage Technology made HDD dissapear

Recently my laptop stopped booting windows. When I turned it on, Intel Rapid Storage Technology 12.7.0.1936 window showed up and said, that one of my SSD volume is disabled and asked me to press ...
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Should I use an SSD or HDD to hash lots of data?

Purely in terms of drive life which will be better for hashing hundreds of thousands of files - SSD or HDD? Background - My HDD has files which I want to hash and compare with data in a spreadsheet, ...
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Replacing my hdd with ssd and placing hdd in odd drive bay

Hey guys i am thinking to upgrade to an ssd by removing my hdd and placing the ssd in place of the hdd and placing the hdd in the odd drive bay using a hdd caddy. Now the problem is that the odd sata ...
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Complicated SSD Firmware Issue

I was using software from crucial.com called Crucial Storage Executive to upgrade the firmware on my MX100 SSD from version MU01 to MU02 on my Toshiba Windows 8.1 laptop. After the update began, the ...
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Win 8.1 turns off at start after I removed secondary HDD

I have SSD drive, on which Win 8.1 is installed, and booted from. I also have 3 other HDDs connected, not RAID or something. I have removed one of them, and after next start PC turned off unexpectedly ...
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“Downgrading” from Win 8.1 HDD to Win 7 on SSD install

I have a brand new Lenovo M93p with a nice 7200 HDD. I have a 500 Gb SSD in my laptop (which I plan to move into the desktop). I want to downgrade from 8.1 to 7 on the new machine and am not at all ...