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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Does it matter where I put my second hard drive?

I have a Lenovo G580 (model 20150), and in addition to the built-in HDD (2.5", 1 TB, Serial ATA 2 (3Gb/s), 5400 rpm, 9.5mm) I want to add a SSD (2.5", 120GB, 256MB Cache, SATA III). It looks like ...
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Is it worth having SATA 6GB/s cables? [duplicate]

I've just received some SATA 3 6GB/s cables that I ordered last week, and it struck me how ordinary they look when compared to normal standard SATA cables. My PCI-E SATA3 card is yet to arrive. My ...
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Bitlocker with 2 SSDs in RAID 0 - Does TRIM function?

I've found that in Windows 7 and 8 if you have one of the newer versions of Intel Rapid Storage Technology the TRIM command is passed to SSDs in a RAID configuration (see here for example ...
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Secure erase SSD on Lenovo ThinkPad T520 (can't unfreeze SSD, machine reboots on hotplug)

I have a ThinkPad T520 and a Samsung 840 EVO 256GB SSD that I'm trying to secure erase. I cannot secure erase the drive because I cannot unfreeze the drive because I cannot remove then reinsert the ...
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System monitoring tool to diagnose high resource usage

So basically I'm minding my own business: Surfing, developing, watching movies and then all of sudden everything goes slow to a crawl. After painstaking waiting for Task manager to open and finally ...
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Hybrid HDD/SSD Volume Windows

Is it possible to create a hybrid drive-like experience using an ssd and a hdd? In theory, frequently used files would be stored on the faster ssd, and larger/less used would be moved to the hdd. I ...
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RAID 0 Volatile Volume Cache Mode configuration

I discovered that in IRST there is an option to set a cache mode for my 3 ssd raid 0 array. I've read the documentation by Intel and have some questions: Are there any overall benefits/risks from ...
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Mac Mavericks and SSD

Months ago I upgraded my Mac Mini to include a 240 GB SSD to use as a boot drive. At the time I was unfamiliar with TRIM. I noticed a slowdown in function over time and and implemented TRIM. Since it ...
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Bitlocker: hardware or software encryption without a TPM?

I'm about to setup a Samsung 840 EVO SSD as the system drive with Windows 8.1 Pro, attached to an Asus P8Z68-V Pro mobo (which doesn't have a TPM). I'll also attach a Western Digital Black HDD for ...
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Windows 7 BSOD when changing power plan

i have a strange problem. When i want to change the power plan on my laptop from High performance to Balanced, Windows freezes and i get bsod. The power plan settings are all default. Laptop specs: ...
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Issues doing a clean install of windows 8 64 bit

I have a Asus K42JE laptop and recently installed a new M500 480GB SSD. Since adding the new SSD, I am unable to install windows 8.1 on it. I keep getting the following error 'We couldn't create a ...
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Is SSD important for HPC? [closed]

How much is important a SSD for the performance and speed of a heavy simulation? Does it make the computation faster when I use, for example, Mathematica?
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0xc0000225 Error on Windows Installation to GPT (UEFI)

I am attempting to install Arch linux and dual boot it with windows. As I am running a modern UEFI system, I have put my SSD (see Specs below) in GPT format (losing my original windows installation in ...
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Very high-pitched noise when computer does something intense?

"Intense" is the best word I can use to describe it because I'm not sure what it is, whether it's RAM, GPU or CPU. If I pan the camera in unity: A high pitched noise issues from the computer. The ...
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Migrating from HDD to SSD+HDD combo [closed]

So in a few days I'm going to be building a new PC in which I decided to icorporate an SSD (120GB) + HDD (1TB) combo. Are there any rules of thumb as to how you should divide your data among those two ...
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Would an array of SSD drives be able to succesfully substitute the system memory?

I watched a few videos trying to answer this. This video (youtube.com/watch?v=eULFf6F5Ri8) shows a bunch of guys stacking 24 SSD's reaching a peak of around 2GBps r/w. That's under the limit of the ...
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Encryption on SDD without encryption support

I have a SanDisk Extreme II SSD. Despite using Marvell 88SS9187 controller, the drive does not support hardware encryption of any kind. I read around a bit and found that most software does encryption ...
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When upgrading SSD to speed up an Ubuntu VMWare Workstation guest, is either SSD write or read speed more important?

On a computer running Windows 8 and hosting Ubuntu 14, should either Read speed or Write speed be the focus when buying an SSD? The main purpose would be to speed up an Ubuntu VM in VMWare ...
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Why were SSD failures only in old files, and can I proactively prevent this?

I recently had an SSD (Crucial M4 512GB) fail. I noticed a few read errors and when I tried to backup the drive, it turns out there were 300+ bad blocks (repeatable read error, data loss, reallocation ...
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Improve SSD reliability with NTFS but no TRIM support

I have an SSD with a single NTFS partition, but I access it through an external USB interface and there is no TRIM support. My question is: Does NTFS attempt to reuse previously used sectors when ...
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Salvaging a failing SSD

I have an old 512GB Crucial M4 that failed on me (~300 bad sectors in accessible space w/ repeatable read errors, reallocation failures and significant data loss). Presumably all the mandatory OP ...
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Linux doesn't find root file system when booting

I bought an SSD and to try the speed improvement while leaving the current system intact, I cloned my old root partition (/dev/sda1) onto the SSD (/dev/sdb1) and added a new Grub boot entry: title ...
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Force TRIM with Windows 7 on SSD (w/ NTFS) after cloning [duplicate]

I have Windows 7 and a 512GB SSD that supports TRIM, with a single NTFS partition. I just cloned the SSD from a 512GB image of another drive, which puts it in about the worst state possible since all ...
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Have I bought a faulty SSD?

I've recently acquired a Samsung Evo 840 120GB, but haven't been able to actually use it. The problems started when trying to do a fresh install of Windows 8 on it: I've retried the process with ...
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SSD Performance Dropping over time, is this expected behavior?

In reference to this, I found the below in an ad: I recently bought these drives a few weeks ago and then saw his picture. Do all SSDs suffer from such substantial performance drops over time and ...
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install debian based os on macbook pro

First I need to explain my situation. My MacBook Pro is a mid 2012 model. I use Windows 8.1 to replace MAC OS X. A couple of weeks ago, I upgraded my MacBook Pro. I replaced my optical drive with a ...
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Move bootable partition to another disk

I have laptop which came with HDD drive. Now i need to upgrade it with SSD by keeping HDD and replace CD ROM with Hard disk bay+SSD. I'm bored to re-install windows and software in new drive. ...
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I can't install/get working any Linux distro in my PC

I'm struggling with the installation of Ubuntu in dual mode alongside Windows in my new computer (it's taking me days of my free time!!). First of all my device specs: 1 HDD 1TB 1 SSD 120GB I ...
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RAMDisk faster than SSD? [closed]

The answer seems to be obvious, but I've been going back & forth with ASUS and Crucial support on this and have been getting differing opinions. Thought I'd bring it to Stack for a solid answer. ...
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Check if my SSD in runing on AHCI mode inside Windows 7

How can I check to see if my SSD is running in AHCI mode? Do I need to install some special driver for that? Looking for some AHCI indication: I'm using Windows 7.
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Do SSDs have to have AHCI to maximize performance?

After my last post concerning my motherboard's RAID, I'm considering purchasing an additional dedicated RAID controller, but I have a few concerns about what to buy, because I'm facing yet another ...
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Increase performance of Samsung 830 256GB SSD

I have a Samsung 830 SSD in my notebook connected to a SATA interface. This is a rather old HP notebook nc8430 which means SATA is SATA I and not II or even III that disk supports. But SATA I still ...
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Very high IOWait after connecting SSD drive

I have a serious problem with my working station. Some time ago I bought a SSD disk. To this moment everything was ok, I had two HDD disks, copying files at speed around a 50-60 megabytes per second, ...
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RAID Configuration 'seen' through

I have a RAID0 (striped) configuration with the following: 64GB SSD 128GB SSD 640GB HDD I'm turning my PC into a hackintosh, and the installer loaded properly, BUT The installer saw the ...
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Executing an ATA Secure Erase command to SSDs on OS X

Is there a way to securely erase an SSD (I'm working with Crucial M500) from OS X? I'm not interested in zeroing the drive. What I need is the ATA Secure Erase which basically erases all data on the ...
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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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Utilizing the full power of my workstation

I am not a gamer. Used to be, 10+ years ago. My workstation is strictly for business: Quickbooks Excel Access General Business QuickBooks is tied to a synchronization engine that is synchronizing, ...
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Will an SSD fit in this old Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop?

I have an old Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop. Although it's very old, it's more than enough for the job I want it to do. I would like to put a SSD into it, maybe something like this one. The motherboard ...
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Auto ssd management available? [closed]

I've just bought a SSD, and I was wondering if there is any program which auto-optimzes/maintains your SSD settings/environment. Or if there exists a complete list with all the possible actions you ...
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How hard is it to swap an SSD in a laptop? [closed]

If I buy a modern laptop with a comparatively small SSD, how hard (typically) will it be to clone & swap the drive later?
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What happens to games and programs if you reinstall windows to a different location? [duplicate]

I recently bought a new ssd for my computer and installed a windows 7 on with a help from my friend. We plugged it in, and set the computer to boot from that version of windows. I'm wondering about ...
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SSD stopped working in laptop but works in other laptop

Strange thing happening in my dell xps l701x - I have been using it for years now with a hdd and sdd in it. The other day, I powered down and went out. Came back to find it would not boot into ...
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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 ...