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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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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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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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 ...
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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?

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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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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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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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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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, ...
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Can flash memory be physically damaged if power is interrupted while writing?

If data is actively being written to a flash memory device, can a memory cell (or perhaps the entire memory device) be physically damaged if power is removed, or will data simply be corrupted? Can ...
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Will mounting a file system read-only increase the lifespan of an SSD?

Let's assume I have some data that once created, never again has to change. I have copied this data to an SSD and then re-mounted the file system as read-only and leave it that way from now on. Will ...
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How to place SuperFetch cache on an SSD?

I'm thinking of adding a solid state drive (SSD) to my existing Windows 7 installation. I know I can (and should) move my paging file to the SSD: Should the pagefile be placed on SSDs? ...
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Solid State Drive Occasionally Freezes For A Minute While OS Is “Beach Balling”

Almost a month ago I bought Intel 330 128GB solid state drive, migrated my data with Intel branded limited-feature Acronis from old HDD to new SSD, optimized with Intel Toolbox and started using it. ...
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What properties/features should I look for in a good SSD drive?

I've encountered some performance problems with a previous SSD so I would like to know what to look for to have a happier experience with my next drive
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SSD cache in SSHD compromises the lifecycle compared to standard HDD?

The limited writings and capacity\price of the SSD are known drawbacks as the sensitivity to shocks of the HDD. The hybrid SSHD (standard HDD+SSD cache) have a classic disc based HD combined with a ...
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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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SSD AES-256 hardware encryption - how to configure?

Recently, I bought Plextor M5 Pro with hardware full-disk AES-256 encryption. Installed it in my laptop, where I have no HDD BIOS password set. From what I read around it seems that the encryption is ...
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Upgrade Macbook Pro 2008 to SSD

I'm about to purchase a nice 120gb SSD for my Macbook Pro laptop. While installing the new drive is simple enough (physically), I've never installed Mac OSX on a bare drive. Are there any caveats or ...
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Does Linux support TRIM for SSDs on LVM?

I am getting a SSD and need to know, does Linux support TRIM if I set up LVM on top of the SSD? I'm finding conflicting information. I'm currently running Ubuntu 10.10 with kernel 2.6.35-28.
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What is TRIM exactly?

From the Wikipedia page of TRIM I get the impression that TRIM was introduced to lower the writes to a SSD, but letter the file system taking case of which blocks are unused. If that is correct, does ...
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How do I evaluate an SSD caching solution for home desktop use? [closed]

I've got a 30GB SSD that I would love to start using as a cache for my larger HDDs. I primarily want to improve apparent performance for general desktop use. I do the occasional massive DB migration ...
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Is a MLC still slower and less reliable than a SLC SSD?

Most laptop vendors seem to supply relatively cheap MLC drives with their pre-built configurations. I know that the traditional drill is that a SLC is fast and reliable while a MLC is slower and ...
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How much free space should I leave on an SSD drive?

Is 8% "ok", or will I feel a performance degradation? I'm not sure what the specific model is right now, but can find out if needed.
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Can I run with a computer in my backpack?

This maybe a tad off-topic, but as it says on meta, hardware questions should be fine on Super User. I want to run home from work (~20 min of jogging) but I need to bring with me my laptop, a Macbook ...
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Windows 8 EFI boot issue

I've got a simular problem as described in How can I repair the Windows 8 EFI Bootloader?, but with some different details. When I tried to change the bootsequence of my harddisks (of which 1 SSD) in ...
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My Intel 320 SSD - is encryption automatic?

So, I have just received an Intel 320 series SSD. They state that once I set my ATA passsword (through the BIOS), that encryption will then be active. I see no sign of this noted in the SSD Toolkit ...
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In Windows 7, can I create a Symlink or Junction for winsxs or installer folders

I have an SSD as my C:\ drive, and it's only 128 Gig. I'm noticing that the C:\Windows subfolders "winsxs" and "Installer"--both of which I've read numerous places that one should never delete ...
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Trying to make SSD boot drive with Windows 7 and old drive is not accessible

I wanted to upgrade my old computer. So, I made a new computer, and bought an SSD (Intel 40GB). I did a clean install of Windows 7 on the SSD. I also put my old hard drive (400GB spinner) with all ...
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Migrating Dual Partition HDD to Solid state drive

My current Configuration is a Macbook Pro 15" early 2008 with a 100gb HDD and I'd like to replace this with a Solid State Drive. The tricky part is that I have an OS X partition and a Windows 7 ...
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Fix degraded SSD performance on Mac without full erase

I bought one of Intel's SSD a few months back. When I bought it I could easily reach the advertised speed but after a few months it has degraded very badly. Most any action that requires writing to ...
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Can I setup two RAID arrays on a single intel z97 controller?

Let me preface this by saying that I have never setup a RAID array myself, other than by using software RAID 0 in Windows for a set of storage drives. I purchased a new ASUS Maximus VII Hero ...
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What is the average life of an SSD? [closed]

What is the average life-span of a solid-state hard drive? What factors determine the life span?
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How can I restore RAID 0 on my DELL laptop?

I have been formating my dell laptop for quite a while, I bought it back in 2012, with one year warranty, it ended last august, but I think since the moment I formatted it to windows 8.1 I probably ...
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Should I enable TRIM support in Mac OSX 10.6.7 for SSD with SandForce SF-2281 controller (Vertex 3)?

Recent articles in Mac Rumors and Life Hacker (which actually reference this question on SU) say that using TRIM will prolong the life and increase the performance of an SSD. I just got an OCZ ...
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Extracting uncommon components from Windows installed on SSD

I have a 50gb SSD harddisk with windows 7 installed on it. I did this for performance for my windows installation and the related applications (Visual Studio, etc). In a projects folder I also store ...
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Will a 7mm SSD fit in a 9.5mm laptop HDD slot?

I'm planning to purchase a Crucial M4 256G SSD. There are 2 versions though, 7mm and 9.5mm, at the same price on Newegg.com My current laptop is 9.5mm SATAII. However, I plan to purchase a new ...
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combining SSD and hard disk in software RAID1?

Does it make sense to build a Linux software RAID-1 (mirroring) using an SSD and a normal hard disk? I want to combine the advantages of SSD (fast transfer rates, fast access times) with the ...
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Hybrid Hard Drives, how do they work?

I was reading yesterday's Jeff Atwood blog post on Revisiting SSD and I first heard about hybrid hard drives: a HD that has a small SSD portion (let's say 4GB) and the rest is a regular spinning hard ...
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Will reading data cause SSD's to wear out?

It's almost common knowledge that excessive writes (including formatting, defragmenting etc) will, in time, wear out solid state drives. But does reading lots of data from SSD's cause wear too? I'm ...
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Windows 7 freezes with SSD

I have a new SSD (Kingston Hyper 120GB), with a fresh installation of Windows 7 (and several HDDs). For no apparent reason, my computer freezes. I cannot move the mouse, the sound glitches, but after ...
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What advantages and disadvantages have Hybrid SSD/HDD RAIDs

I just read about Hybrid RAID arrays consisting of SSDs and common HDDs which are supported by Adaptec's RAID controllers. Does such a RAID configuration provide real advantage? Isn't write ...
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Are SSDs worthwhile for software development? [closed]

I have a MacBook with 8GB of RAM and a 500GB 7200rpm hard drive. I write software for a living. I am contemplating getting an SSD Drive, but I am unsure about the performance. Do SSD drives really ...