Solid-state drive; a data storage device that uses solid-state memory for persistent data storage that can be accessed in the same manner as traditional block-I/O hard disk drives. Because SSDs do not use mechanical seeking to access data, they can provide much higher performance than hard drives ...

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If I buy an SSD now, and then new computer parts later, will I have to reinstall the OS?

I just ordered a new computer (CPU, GPU, RAM, ...), but it won't arrive for another week. I also want to buy an SSD though. If I buy it now, and install Windows 7 on it, will I have to reinstall it ...
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What kind of SSD does the ThinkPad X200 come with, and is it any good?

I'm considering a ThinkPad X200. There's a 128 GB SSD option, and since I'm a huge fan of the Intel X25-M SSD I've been using on my older X61s, I'm thinking of going with that. I am kind of worried ...
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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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External Solid State Drives

How does the performance of an external SSD drive compare to an internal? I'm assuming the connection would be USB 2.0 - would that be the limiting factor in speed? Is it a waste of money? EDIT - ...
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Is it beneficial to enable Rapid Mode on a Samsung solid state drive?

I recently bought a Samsung 840 EVO 500 gb solid state drive for my laptop. There's a feature (disabled by default) called RAPID (Real Time Acceleration Processing of I/O Data) Mode. From what I can ...
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Windows XP changes its theme every time after reboot

I have an ASUS Eee netbook with Windows XP installed on it. Ever since I switched to an SSD drive, Windows XP has been doing something strange; Almost every time I reboot my computer, it changes my ...
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Changing hard disk with ssd, can I migrate contents so that I can switch drives without a hassle?

Changing hard disk with ssd, can I migrate contents so that I can switch drives without a hassle? For instance, keep my Windows configuration and installed programs and documents
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Which SSD drives support TRIM

Which Solid State Drives currently support the TRIM command? Do not include drives which use a specialised tool such as wiper.exe; I am asking about the TRIM command. Please list one per answer, ...
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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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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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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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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 HD combined with a small SSD ...
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Windows 7 setup doesn't recognize my Intel SSD 320 series drive

I have replaced my hard drive with a Intel SSD 320 Series (120Gb) and changed the SATA mode to AHCI in the BIOS. But the Windows 7 setup doesn't recognize the SSD drive. I tried to install a driver ...
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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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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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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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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 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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SSD Perfomance - Internal vs External?

I got a SSD for Christmas and it came with the option to have it installed internally or externally. I'm wondering if I have it setup as an external hard drive, will there be any major performance ...
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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 to evaluate if a SSD can be a good option as a backup drive?

While SSDs are at a premium compared to mechanical drives, it seems to me that with no moving parts, these drives should practically last forever, if they are rarely written to. On the other hand, ...
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What's the difference between mini PCIe and mSATA interfaces and SSDs?

Are they even different at all? I've seen SSDs being sold on the market being tagged with both mSATA and mini PCIe such as this one. I've seen marketing ads that say mini PCIe are better than mSATA ...
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What's the point of hard drives reporting their physical sector size?

I have an SSD that can be configured to report its physical sector size to an OS in two different ways: Option 1: Logical = 512 Bytes, Physical = 512 Bytes Option 2: Logical = 512 Bytes, Physical = ...
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How do I install Visual Studio 2010 Express somewhere besides C:?

I have a SSD as my primary (C:) drive, mainly used for quickly loading games. It's pretty small (~30 GB) so I want to keep things that don't really need a speed boost off of it. I attempted ...
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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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Could not open a scratch file because the file is locked

Photoshop CS6 gives me the following error: Could not open a scratch file because the file is locked my setup has 128gb ssd (C) which contains only my OS files with some junction points to ...
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Highest effective transfer rate on SATA II

Assuming I have a SATA III SSD drive that has a throughput of >500 MB/s. What is a reasonable estimate of the effective throughput on a SATA II controller? I know that SATA II has 3.0 GBit/s ...
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TRIM support via dm-crypt/device-mapper

Getting a new laptop with SSD tomorrow. I need to know about the current status of dm-crypt and TRIM. I have seen several conflicting reports and most activity around this question seems to be > 1 ...
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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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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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Can I replace laptop's optical drive with SSD or other hard disk?

Can I replace my optical drive with a hard drive? I have an 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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1 SSD or 2 SSDs?

what's better ? one 60 gb SSD (solid state drive) or two 30gb SSDs ? should i get one for the operating system and another for some apps/games ? or should i just get one bigger and put everything on ...
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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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Why is my new SSD two times slower?

Just bought Team XS2 ssd which tells that is should have 550mb/s read and 500mb/s write. I'm only getting this: Something seems to be wrong. There is a chance that this drive is a junk, but I hope ...
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Recommendations for hard drive performance boost

I'm going to be building a new system soon and I'm willing to spend a few more dollars to improve my hard drive performance. This will be a general use system so I just want to see HD intensive tasks ...
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Strange performance of SSD

My SSD (on Windows XP) is working well, however, I get the following strange results from Crystal Mark 2004R3: 236 MB/s for sequential read 59 MB/s for sequential write 168 MB/s for random read ...
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Is the speed difference I get from putting my SSD in RAID mode negligible?

I've got two 80GB Gen2 Intel SSDs, currently in RAID 0. I'm about to reformat for an unrelated reason, and I'm wondering if maybe I should just leave them as independent drives. The primary reason ...
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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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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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No Accelerate button/tab on Intel Rapid Storage window

I have an ASUS P8Z68 motherboard with a Corsair SSD as my primary boot drive. I have a TB standard hard drive as a secondary data drive. I am attempting to use an older Intel SSD as a cache on the ...
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Asus ux31e zenbook SSD non-standard / cant upgrade hdd?

I bought a ux31e asus zenbook, and the drive crashed last week. I just cancelled an mSata ssd order because I fear asus has used a non standard ssd!!! what a bunch of crooks, ive lost all my respect ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...