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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Will I see performance benefits from an SSD in my laptop?

I have a Dell Latitude D520 1.6ghz, 4gb ram. I'm looking to postpone a laptop upgrade by getting one of the new Intel X25-M G2 SSDs. Any thoughts or experiences on if such an upgrade will help? I ...
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How can I optimize the speed and lifetime of SSDs used in a RAID-0?

I have two SSDs in RAID-0 on a Windows 7, 64-bit system. Since it appears that TRIM still isn't supported with any RAID configuration of SSDs, what are some tips/workarounds that I can use? Some ...
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Is it a good idea to disable short filenames on Windows 7 running on a SSD drive?

http://oreilly.com/pub/a/windows/2005/02/08/NTFS_Hacks.html By default, NTFS creates an 8.3 filename every time it creates a long filename, which adds a bit of time to the file creation process. ...
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Did disk drives get much faster over the last 10 years?

I wonder how fast the disks were in 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010... I seem now able to make a whopping 80MB per second, although random access time is pretty awful still. Is the speed of drives still ...
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Do I need to do something about partition alignment when installing Windows XP on a SSD drive?

I just got a new SSD drive (OCZ Vertex 2) and installed Windows 7 on it. Problem is, now I need to install XP also for some legacy applications that I run. I read here, among others, that XP has ...
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Linux Directories to Map to SSD

I am going to do a reinstall of Ubuntu on my workstation and have an SSD in there. Which directories would you map to the SSD during installation for the following criteria: Rather not blast it with ...
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BIOS setting: AHCI or RAID (when using SSD + 2x hard drive in RAID-0)

I want to add a new SSD and use it as system drive with Windows 7 x64 installed. As driver I chose newest Intel Rapid Storage driver (not MSAHCI). I know that I have to use AHCI as BIOS setting for ...
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Replace HD with SSD in MacBook where CD/DVD drive is broken

My prev gen (non-unibody) MacBook Pro could use an SSD. I want to replace the existing HDD with an SSD. That's the easy part. The hard part is that the CD/DVD drive on this MacBook is broken. So I ...
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Solid State Disk for a desktop computer [closed]

I am building a new desktop computer and would like the performance and energy benefits of a solid state hard drive of 128GB-256GB. Looking around the internet I can't seem to find anything suitable. ...
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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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“Acceleration” not available in Intel SRT menu

I have an Asus Z68 Motherboard on an existing system running Windows 7 x64. I now want to install an OCZ Agility 3 SSD to make use of the Intel Smart Response Technology. Apparently, it's not an easy ...
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Tools/Tips to reduce the files/directories in C: which is SSD on Windows 7

I bought a SSD to install it as C: drive on Windows 7. As the SSD size is relatively small, I need to come up with an idea to reduce the files/directories in C:. What I found is as follows. Run ...