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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Use SSD to speed up programs on regular HDD

Is there a way to assign a part of an SSD as an automatic cache of often used files? I've read about Intel SRT but that seems to require motherboard support and turns 2 hard drives into 1, with the ...
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trying to set up SSHD after fresh install of win7

I just installed win7 on my laptop which has a Hybrid drive. I put the os on the HDD and left the ssd part untouched, currently its just unallocated space. However I want to have the SSD act as a ...
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How to tell if my laptop has a hybrid hard drive?

I recently just purchased a ASUS laptop (model: s551LB-CJ150H). Under the device manager it only shows WDC WD10JPVX-80JC3T0. Although according to the laptop retailer it is equipped with a hybrid ...
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How to install Windows 8 on a new SSD using USB drive with ISO? [duplicate]

Current Lenovo think pad laptop SSD is permanently damaged. I have a new SSD with nothing on it. I have no DVD drive on laptop. I can put Windows 8.1 ISO on a USB drive and that's all I can do. So, ...
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Can a Military-Grade wipe harm an SSD?

I recently sold my 128GB Crucial M4 SSD (I have a much larger capacity OCZ SSD, which is faster), and need to wipe the drive. I know that the 'toughest' wipe that can be done is a 35 zero-write ...
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Number directory in root C: drive Windows 8

I have a directory in my c: drive that I don't understand. I is numbered folder. What is it. This the folder structure of my C: drive windows 8.1 SSD (system drive), with 1 terrabyte data drive C: ...
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I want to ditch my SSD/HDD setup. What's the easiest way to get everything from my SSD, onto my HDD?

I currently have an SSD, and an HDD set up on my computer, but I cannot care enough for the management issues. Is there a simple way to transfer all the files from the SSD, onto the HDD, including ...
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What is the proper use setup for an SSD?

We had our new computers at work pre-built, as none of us were computer experts. We didn't notice this today, but Win7 came installed on the SSD - i.e. the SSD was C:\ drive. So, when we installed ...
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Advice on SSD performance bottleneck needed

I guess I need some advanced advice on SSD, SATA, in/out limits etc. I'm programming a video installation where I continously read and write quite a lot of data: To the first SSD, drive A, I write ...
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Forcing programs to be installed to another drive

I have an SSD as my main Windows drive, with a 640GB 2.5" HDD, partitioned to store programs and user settings, and also to act as backup (it's the only thing I had lying around at the time of ...
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Cloning SSD sector-by-sector to HDD for a “zero downtime” backup in emergency situations?

I have 120GB Intel 330i SSD drive that I initially migrated my data from stock 250GB WD hard drive to with Acronis migration tool that Intel supplied. Since SSD was only 120GB I had to do some cleanup ...
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Does EnhanceIO supports TRIM on SSD?

Does EnhanceIO supports TRIM on SSD? Or it has own implementation of similar technology?
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SSD Wear-Leveling and Fragmentation

I'm trying to understand the effects of wear-leveling on fragmentation in SSD. To be more specific, when the SSD controller decides to allocate a noncontiguous block to a file because of ...
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Samsung SSD firmware update fails

Samsung Magician checks for new firmware update, finds it, prompts me to install it, I let it do that, then it fails to update. The SSD is an 840 EVO, 250 GB. I'll let the screenshots tell the story. ...
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Slow write speed on external SSD

I am experiencing slow write speeds using an external Inatek USB 3.0 2.5" External Enclosure (UASP supported) with a Samsung 840 120GB drive. I just started using this setup on a late 2013 iMac as an ...
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Sector by sector backup from encrypted hdd to ssd

I have a 500gb encrypted (LUKS) hdd with linux installed (only 50gb used) and I want to migrate to a 250gb ssd. Installing from scratch to the new drive is something that I want to avoid since I have ...
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Using Intel Smart Response Technology (IRST) with Linux only?

I have an existing Fedora 20 installation and would like to use my newly bought 64GB SSD for acceleration purposes. Since I have a mainboard that supports Intel SRT, and RST with that, I was ...
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How to recover a 12TB RAID 10 array that's showing up as two uninitialized 6TB drives in Windows 7?

I have an ASUS Maximus VI Formula motherboard which was giving me trouble with it's USB 3.0 hub (Intel) so as part of the trouble shooting process I upgraded the BIOS to the latest. Big mistake, ...
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Upgraded Computer, Now It Turns Off Randomly/Won't Turn On

I have recently upgraded my computer and now it turns off at random times. Sometimes, I'll be on all day and there will be no problem. Sometimes it'll be a couple hours and it'll shut off. And ...
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Properly aligning partitions for Linux on a 1536KiB Erase Block SSD

Attempting to set up dual boot Windows 7 and Arch Linux. Samsung 840 EVO 120GB SSD. Erase Block Size: 1536KiB. Sectors: 3072 (512 * 3072 = 1572864 = 1024 * 1536) This appears to be straightforward ...
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Can dd be used to copy an SSD with an OS?

The OS in question is Windows 8.1 Both laptops have 100+ gig SSDs Now suppose I really don't want to bother installing the OS again, can I just use a linux USB stick, dd the whole SSD drive to ...
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Flash based storage. Do i need to re-plug them back in to my PC from time to time? (Memory cards & SSD's)

I've bought some memory cards for the purpose of backing up & storing my pictures and videos in case my PC's hard drive fails or the data on it becomes unreadable. The hard drive may not fail for ...
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Is a junction point effective in decreasing write cycles of SSD?

Since SSDs have a limited life cycle and I have one experience of an SSD crash, I decided to be proactive and avoid writes. I moved all my data to an HDD. I understood from various people that ...
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Reliability of 4 SSD in RAID 0 -vs.-SSD Boot+5440 HDD - in laptop

Question: What are the benefits of SDD RAID 0 over SDD boot with 5400 HDD? Goal: Decision between internal storage options Needs: Ability to seamlessly use multiple graphics and coding programs ...
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Dual boot repair after a reinstall

I have (had) a dual boot desktop with W7 and W8. I installed a new SSD, and after days of failed attempts at cloning using several different software options, I gave up. So I did a clean install of ...
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Does a full SSD really have poor performance? [duplicate]

I've been reading this question about disk issues and am interested in gaoithe's answer for Does the disk usage really go up when free space declines? If so, why? I can see why this can ...
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When is SSD the right choice for a performance boost

I'm curious to know if there are any stats I could check in a performance/stats service like munin that would give me a feel for whether or not moving to ssd would have a significant performance ...
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Win7 Linux Dualboot tocblock error

Im trying to dual boot win7 and Mageia, but keep running into the following errors: -ldm_parse_tocblock(): Cannot find TOCBLOCK, database may be corrupt. -I've tried different media: bootable USB's ...
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Windows from HDD to SSD via clone

Is there an easy way to enable all the SSD features for Windows Server 2012 R2? I would like to avoid having to do a reinstall and just clone for time sakes. I've read it is best to do a fresh ...
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Can a 'system image' be restored to a drive with a different storage capacity?

I have a family member who complains that her laptop is slow. I checked the laptop over and indeed, it was slow, so I looked into what was using the most hardware, and found that the hard drive was at ...
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Windows (7 or 8) does not detect SSD during installation, Linux does

Since a few days I'm trying to install Windows (tried 7 and 8) on a new SSD (Crucial M550). However, the disk is not listed in the target device selection, nor is it listet when using diskpart -> list ...
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SSD versus RAM (system cache)

If I have 16gb of RAM and I never shutdown pc do I still need SSD (perfomance vise)? My concern is will SSD help (significantly) with perfomance if I already have ~8GB cached RAM for OS and apps.
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Would SSD improve thrashing?

I understand thrashing (computer's virtual memory subsystem in a constant state of paging) is basically problem of not enough memory. But besides adding more RAM, would adding a SSD to a HDD or ...
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Computer Lock ups After new Mobo and HDD

I installed a new mobo and HDD last night. Before I did it I went into system32 and did this driver reset thing which I think generalized all drivers or something, can't remember exactly. Replaced the ...
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Running multiple VMs in one harddrive

I have Windows 2012 running on Intel i7 4770K, SSD 180 GB and 32GB RAM. Also that machine has 1TB HDD. Windows is installed on SSD. Currently 3 VMs on HyperV running and I need another VM. Can I ...
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Lenovo 1 terabyte HDD with 8gb SSD

I don't really understand how SSD Hybrid drives work. I work on the internet, going to hundreds of sites everyday, cutting and pasting from the majority of them into an online program. Will this wear ...
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What causes average response time into the seconds for an SSD?

I'm using a Samsung 700T tablet/convertible (basicallly, the Samsung equivalent of the Microsoft Surface Pro.) It runs Windows 8.1 This comes with a dual-core ULV CPU, 4 GB of RAM (which is too ...
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Is it wise to invest in SSD(32gb)+ hdd and windows8 or just HDD?

I am panning to buy a laptop (for heavy duty). I have 3 options Regular HDD (cheapest) SSD+HDD(moderate) ssd (Pricy) I am inclined toward 2nd option (ssd+hdd) but my consern is that to use it I ...
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OEM SSD not recognized by Samsung Magician

My computer has a SM841 SSD (the OEM variant of the 840 Pro) not to be confused with the TLC PM841. Unfortunately, the Samsing Magician software doesn't recognize my drive, and will not let me enable ...
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Why do SSDs have weird sizes?

Why do SSDs have sizes like 240 GB or 120 GB rather than the normal 256 GB or 512 GB? Those numbers make much more sense than 240 or 120.
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How to know about the hardware especifications of a notebook/ultrabook?

I'm a .Net programmer and I want to buy a new ultrabook for me. I'm dating the Dell XPS 13 and I want to know the hardware manufacturer and version of the SSD and memory, but I don't find it on the ...
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Samsung SSD runs hot in Dell XPS 1330 laptop

My laptop hard drive died so I bought a Samsung EVO 840 Basic SSD. This Dell model was never very good at cooling itself but to my surprise the fan runs more now with the SSD installed. So the HDD ...
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How do I check if option commit=600 in fstab works and force it if it doesn't?

I have LVM over LUKS over SSD (TRIM function seems working properly). My OS is Ubuntu 13.10, with 16GB RAM. I configured fstab with commit option ... /dev/mapper/vg2-root / ext4 ...
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MSI H81M E33 Mobo - Now won't boot

Just bought myself a new bare bones system that runs the MSI H81M E33 Mobo. Droppped my current SSD into the system, and off it went happy as larry. Installed all MOBO drivers and all running well, ...
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Reformatting NTFS file system

My computer crashed a while ago and the problem was that it was a Lenovo with Rapid Drive Technology, where I had SSD and HDD separate drives but there was only one big partition probably spanning ...
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Restoring a SSD locked with HDD password

Seeing that my Samsung 840 SSD has hardware encryption using the HDD-password from BIOS, I decided to try it out. Since there was no password before, I entered my password in the HDD password field in ...
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Increase available memory in Windows 8.1 4 GB machine with SSD [duplicate]

I have a new laptop with only 4 GB of RAM. When I boot up the system, almost 2 GB are used for something. Are there some quick tricks to increase available space? Maybe disable Superfetch as I have ...
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Move my existing Windows installation onto a SSD

I've just bought a 240Gb SSD, while my existing laptop hard drive is 1Tb. I have made a 'clean-ish' version of Windows 8.1 from the 1Tb drive and saved a Macrium Reflect image of this partition - Can ...
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How to find motherboard specs

I would like to upgrade my Sony Vaio VPC-EJ3S1R by replacing the DVD drive with an SSD. Only problem is, I can't find any information on its SATA interface speed so I cannot choose an SSD model. Where ...
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Powershare USB cooks external SSD

I have a laptop with four Powershare (high amperage) USB ports. Whenever I plug my mSATA USB SSD enclosure into my laptop for a hour or so it gets very hot (even if it's not used at all). I don't want ...