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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Linux and Windows 7 dual boot on SSD with data HDD

I'm soon about to purchase a new desktop (for gaming, programming etc), and I'm trying to figure out a good setup for a dual boot with Linux and Windows 7. I'm thinking of getting a SSD for storing ...
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Why do we need Intel SSD Toolbox for TRIM?

Why does Intel SSD Toolbox need to schedule a TRIM on a daily or weekly basis if the underlying SSD supports the TRIM command? Shouldn't the drive TRIM in real-time without this tool? Is this tool ...
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Does SSD TRIM work with a 'Boot from VHD' scenario?

I have recently purchased an Intel X-25 G2 SSD (160GB) as an extra drive for my laptop. I created a fixed size disk virtual disk (40GB) and have installed Windows Server 2008 R2 onto this VHD. I now ...
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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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New SSD, is the MBR broken? DISK BOOT FAILURE

I've been running Windows 7 on a WD 500gb SATA single drive, single partition setup for some time with no issues. I've just installed a new Kingston V Series 64gb SSD and performed a clean install ...
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Performance issues when using SSD for a developer notebook (WAMP/LAMP stack)?

I'm a web application developer using my notebook as a standalone development environment (WAMP stack). I just switched from a Core2-duo Vista 32 bit notebook with 2Gb RAM and SATA HDD, to an i5-2520M ...
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How can I get a specific large file off of a broken SSD?

I have had a Patriot Torqz 128gb SSD for a little over a year. It never gave me any trouble until last week, when I returned to the office after about 30 minutes to find Windows hung. After multiple ...
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How can I make Windows 7 ReadyBoost persistent?

Is there a way to make Windows 7 to keep the ReadyBoost cache across a reboot (and not encrypt it or keep the encryption key across the reboot) - so that ReadyBoost could actually boost the boot up ...
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Intel SRT vs Superfetch

I'm about to retire my old computer, and replace it with a new Sandy Bridge build. I pretty much settled for a Z68 motherboard, but I couldn't decide if I will get solid-state drive (for use with ...
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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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Do SSD's really last 285 years? [closed]

Some Sold State Disks (SSD) have a mean time between failures (MTBF) of 2,500,000 hours. If you divide that by the rough number of hours in a year you get 2500000÷(365×24) ~= 285 years before there is ...
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SSD for Visual studio : Intel X25-m G2 or OCZ Vertex

looking for laptop upgrade, and thinking about SSD drive. Laptop would be Dell Studio XPS with T9400 as i can get one for a very good price. So i was thinking about replacing the built in 500 GB hdd ...
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One SSD + two HDD in RAID 1: SSD performance hit?

My SSD based system is starting to feel slow and sluggish, but it used to be lightning fast. I tried to cleanup as much as I could, removed programs from startup, etc. However, one big change I did ...
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What do I need to do to install Windows onto my new SSD?

I am in the process of building a new computer, and while I'm still waiting on the important parts of the computer, like the CPU and the Motherboard, my 120 GB Solid State drive has arrived, and I ...
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Revision 3 SATA (6Gb/s) capable laptops, do they exist? [closed]

I'm really impressed by some of the reviews on the ssd drives that are 6gb/s capable. I'm in the market for a laptop and it seems clear from this article that ssd technology should be a major priority ...
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One large or two smaller SSDs?

I'm looking at getting a Crucial M225 SSD. Now the question that's on my mind, is is it worth RAIDing these things? In fact are there any RAID downsides particular to SSDs that you don't see with ...
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Is shaking an SSD in a laptop bad?

While I was upgrading my pre unibody MacBook Pro to an SSD, I couldn't take out one of the screws from the old hard drive since it was chipped, so I ended up using an alternate different sized screw I ...
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Which partitions in a windows system should be placed on a SSD for optimum gaming performance?

I'm going to build my next gaming system. I do not care for the load time of Windows 7. It could take 15 mins, I'd just do something else meanwhile. So I'm thinking I put the SSD disc only for my ...
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To RAID or not to RAID: SSDs and virtualization

I am approaching that time where my main PC has slowed enough due to Windows rot that I should probably reinstall. Instead of spending a week arm-wrestling, reinstalling and configuring only to find ...
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Laptop: replace optical drive with an SSD or other hard disk. Is it possible?

Can I replace my optical drive with a hard drive drive? I have a Asus N61J laptop, I have seen some sites on the web that advertise this procedure for Apple notebooks. I would prefer not to have an ...
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Is it worth reinstalling to enable AHCI on my SSD in order to improve compile performance under Visual Studio?

I am compiling to an SSD connected through SATA using IDE emulation on Windows 7. Unfortunately, I forgot to enable AHCI when I installed, and though there are ways of performing surgery on Windows ...
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What specs to consider when buying SSD?

When I bought "traditional" hard drives, I have been told to consider specs like RPM (5400, 7200, etc.), buffer size (16MB, 32MB etc.), and interface (IDE, SATA, etc.). (did I miss something?) What ...
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Troubleshooting slow SSD

I have a Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120GB SSD (http://www.mushkin.com/Digital-Storage/SSDs/MKNSSDCR120GB.aspx). Its performance is rated as: Capacity: 120GB Read Speed: up to 550MB/sec ...
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What is a normal file copy speed for SSD?

I am copying a folder (320 items, 1.9GB) on an SSD to a different location on the same SSD and getting a transfer rate of 5MB/s. Is this to be expected? Simultaneous reading and writing to the same ...
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Will running virtual machines from a hybrid SSD see a significant speed increase?

I have virtual machines running off an external 7200rpm hard drive connected to a laptop with eSATA. I'd like to upgrade the drive to an SSD but can't afford one at the size I need. Would using a ...
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What are the differences between MLC and SLC SSD drives?

SLC SSD drives cost a lot more than MLC SSD drives. Are there actual differences besides cost?
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TrueCrypt full disk encryption on the Intel 520 Series SSD

I am considering purchasing the Origin PC EON 11-S Pro laptop. It will be mounted to my wheelchair, so a solid-state drive (Intel 520 Series) will be used to eliminate any data loss due to low level ...
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Why is HDD in a DVD-ROM slot slower on Lenovo 3000 laptop?

So I'm about to upgrade my laptop (Lenovo 3000 N100, 0768-49G), got my SATA HDD caddy for the DVD-ROM slot, but whenever I'm putting an HDD or SSD into it, the read speed falls to only 30 MByte/s, ...
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Does Having Computer Running Idle Impact Solid-State Drive's Life Expectancy?

As long as computer is operating, OS constantly performs small writes to storage medium. This is what I have not paid attention to earlier until I saw total writes in CrystalDiskInfo, Intel Toolbox ...
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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 can I securely format a solid-state drive?

When selling / throwing away / giving away HDDs I always use DBAN to do a DoD wipe first. Is this still a valid thing to do on an SSD? Will it have an adverse effect on the SSD's lifespan?
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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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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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Should I keep “Write Caching” enabled on SSD drives?

Tweaking SSD drives for less wear seems to be all the rage nowadays. On that subject is Write Caching still relevant on SSD drives? Does it make a difference if it is turned off?
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How should I use my new SSD drive?

I just built a new PC the other day. Specs... Processor: Intel i7-930 quad core CPU CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Motherboard: AsRock X58 Extreme 3 RAM/Memory: 6gb G-Skill triple channel ...
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Does Windows 7 actually defragment an SSD drive if you tell it to?

Defragmenting an SSD drive is a bad idea and Windows 7 is (should be?) smart enough not to schedule defragmentation on such drives. However, I've opened up Disk Defragmenter on my system and found, ...
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Does Secure Empty Trash work on Mac w SSD?

Given that an SSD does wear leveling, does the Secure Empty Trash on the menu in MacOSX really work? Is something special being done force overwrites to the same physical block of flash and bypass ...
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Does full Volume encryption put an SSD into a fully used state?

SSDs, particularly of the common MLC variety, have a limited number of writes before the memory cells wear out. Through the use of wear leveling algorithms this is effectively worked around so that ...
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Upgrade to SSD drive

I would like to upgrade my laptop's (Dell M70) hard drive to an SSD, such as the Intel X25-M MLC SSD or a Dell 128 GB Serial ATA SSD. Do SSDs require any special hardware to work properly, or is ...
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Correct misaligned encrypted partitions

I have encrypted my SSD with dm-crypt/LUKS to install an Archlinux in an LVM container. Here's a graph of the structure (it's in French but should be understandable): Now I realised I should have ...
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Is my OCZ SSD aligned correctly?

I have an OCZ Agility 2 SSD with 40 GB of space. I use it as a system drive in Debian Linux ("Squeeze") and in my opinion it's really fast. I've read a lot on aligning partitions and file systems, and ...
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Performance gains from secure-erasing an SSD?

Are there performance gains to be had by secure-erasing an SSD? (the secure-erase function, not securely zero'ing out data) I'm using an Intel 320 SSD 160GB as my main OS drive. It's been a couple ...
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Adding a SATA 6 Gbit/s PCI Express controller card?

If I add a SATA 6 Gbit/s PCI Express card to my motherboard, will I get similar speed to native SATA ports built into the motherboard? I ask because I have a SATA 6 Gbit/s SSD and my motherboard ...
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Is SSD better than Superfetch?

So I'm building a new machine... Which configuration would give me a faster machine: 8 Gb of RAM An SSD, but with 4 Gb of ram Should I add more memory (8 Gb instead of 4Gb) to better make use of ...
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What are my SSD options today for an older (3 years) laptop? [closed]

I've got an older laptop, and I figure once 7 hits RTM (~october) I'll be doing the upgrade dance. I figure since I'll be wiping my disk, it would be a good time to take the SSD jump as well. I've ...
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Can I change the path and directory of the “hiberfil.sys” on Windows 8 due to reduce my C:\ disk usage? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to change location of hibernation file in Windows 7? I have a SSD with 32GB and a HDD with 500GB on my notebook and after 3 months using Windows 8 it startd to ...
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What adjustments should be done for a SSD?

I have recently upgraded my desktop PC and installed a SSD as system drive. I read somewhere that these drives "don't like" being written on too much and that one needs to enable/disable certain OS ...
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How to treat a new SSD--optimizations and longevity

I was hoping to compile a list of tips/tricks for optimizing and extending the life of SSDs. I just purchased my first SSD and put it in my laptop, and will soon be installing a pair into my desktop ...
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Should the pagefile be placed on the SSD or the HDD?

I have read quite a bit about the placement of page files lately (researching my question) and have not found an answer specific to my question, so hopefully someone here can help. New system being ...
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SSD Disk that recommands Win7 instead of XP : what is the deal? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do SSD disks do not last as long with Windows XP as with other OS? I've changed my hard drive to a SSD. The notice tells me that I should upgrade to Win7. What is the ...