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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How to install a Kingston SSDNow V100 128, concerned about boot order and partition alignment?

In order to install Win 7, I should unplug my HDD, plug in the SSD,boot with Windows 7 disk, install in the SSD, Reconnect the HDD and wipe the system drive. Please tell me if I am doing it correct ...
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SSD Disk size for Windows 7 ultimate with bit locker

I’m planning to switch to Windows 7 Ultimate with bit locker and I would like to speed up my workstation (notebook) with buying SSD disk. I found out most affordable are for me 120 GB ones, what I’m ...
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Will using FileVault shorten the lifespan of an SSD?

What are your thoughts on using an SSD with Apple's FileVault hard disk encryption? Will it shorten the lifespan? Will it decrease the read/write performance?
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Install a 2nd SSD harddrive on a new Macbook Pro in place of the DVD drive?

How do I install a 2nd SSD harddrive on a new Macbook Pro in place of the DVD drive? I want to remove the DVD drive and replace it with the SSD drive. That way I can have the original large hard ...
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Tips for maximizing SSD life on Windows 7

What can I do to make sure my precious investment lives as long as possible? I have Windows 7 machine with a single drive which is SSD 256Gb and a daily backup system.
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external HDD with SATA & USB interface?

Anyone know of an external HDD that would have (in addition to USB) a SATA (eSATA) port/cable? i.e. Brand/Model. Preferably one of the name brands so I have a better change of finding it here or ...
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move existing Windows XP to a new harddrive

I've bought a SSD for my laptop and made a fresh install of Windows 7. On my old HDD I've got a Windows XP system, which I would like to move to the SSD. I've tried it this way: put the HDD to an ...
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Convert to 2.5 IDE laptop using SATA drive

I've got an older laptop that I'd like to soup up with a sata ssd that I just have happened to have lying around. Is there anyway to squeeze it in there? I believe they are both 2.5. I'm considerin ...
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Combine 2 logical disks into 1

I'm running Windows 7 with a single 80GB SSD. I'm sick of running out of space. I want to get an additional SSD and set it up so that it's one contiguous system drive. Is this possible? Do I need a ...
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Unbrick a password-protected Intel X-25M SSD (with password unknown)?

Summary: My first-gen 80GB Intel X-25M SSD is password-protected and I don't know the password (see below for how I got in that position). So the BIOS asks for the password at boot, but since I ...
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BSOD on windows 7 with SSD during boot after improper shutdown

I have a BSOD on windows 7 with SSD during boot after improper shutdown (while windows animation logo is moving). The computer restart imediatly after BSOD, and windows proposes to launch startup ...
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Will Trim still work if creating a spanned volume of two disks (NOT AS RAID)

Scenario: Just bough a 40 gig SSD, don't want to reinstall OS Proposed solution: Convert existing HDD and new SSD to a spanned dynamic disk volume, having the SSD being the first part of said volume, ...
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How can I determine whether a given SSD and motherboard are compatible?

How can I determine whether a given SSD and motherboard are compatible? For example, I have an OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTX50G 2.5" 50GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive and a GIGABYTE ...
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is it safe to buy Lenovo T510S Laptop with SSD? [closed]

I want to buy a Lenovo laptop for a road warrior in my office who uses basically WORD/Outlook. Config is: i5 processor, Win/7 Pro 64, 4gb RAM, dedicated graphics and 128gb SSD, Serial ATA (Intel ...
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Encrypted SSD health

SSD require specific maintenance by the OS, such as the TRIM function. Can a full hard drive encryption or a partition encryption using programs such as TrueCrypt negatively effect an SSD drive?
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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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Why does my Windows 7 PC / SSD drive keep freezing?

I have a ~1 yr old PC with a primary SSD hard drive. I notice quite often that the PC will freeze for 30secs to several minutes, displaying the "Spinning blue wheel" mouse icon during this period. ...
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How (if at all) has intel new 510 line improved MLC memory durability?

I've found a great deal of articles and information that explains the benefits of the new controller and how this delivers performance. I haven't found anything to suggest that the memory being used ...
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Why are USB flash drives so much slower than solid-state drives?

From what I understand, USB flash drives and solid-state drives (SSDs) are based on similar technologies, NAND flash memory. But, USB flash drives are usually quite slow, with a read and write speed ...
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Any ideas out there as to how the data can be recovered from an SSD?

A friend had some form of catastrophic failure on an HP mini 1000, unbootable. Of course there was data that wasn't backed up. I've removed the SSD and hooked it up to a ZIF 40 enclosure but can not ...
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Why is there read block IO on a pure dd write call? vmstat trace attached

All, I'm seeing disk read IO on a pure write call, and was wondering why. This is on an embedded system with no other background processes running that could be interfering. Filesystem is on an SSD, ...
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Easiest way to move my Windows installation to an SSD?

I've taken the plunge and bought an SSD and want to move my existing Windows installation over. The current hard disk is 500Gb, but I've trimmed the contents down to about ~40Gb. I'm transferring it ...
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Dual-booting Windows 7/Ubuntu: must both OSes be on the same disk?

I already have Windows 7 installed on a 80 GB SSD. I want Ubuntu on the same machine, but because of the limited space on the C: drive, I wondered if it is possible to install Ubuntu on another drive. ...
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Does the Macbook Air with flash memory have an SSD?

The new Macbook Air uses flash memory and I'm just wondering if that means it has a solid state drive or is there a difference between the two?
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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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How do I get rid of my prior Windows 7 install?

So I bought an Intel X25-M 80GB drive, plugged it in and installed Windows 7 on it. So far so good. But now I can't format my previous C drive with Windows 7 on it. In fact I can't boot from my ssd ...
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SandForce SSD encryption - security and support

I'm currently thinking about buying a ThinkPad X201 and equip it with a SSD drive. Now, to protect my data I always used Linux with LUKS full disk encryption on my laptops. However, as stated in ...
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Is it worth waiting/paying extra for Vertex3 SSD for my 2009 apple macbook 17" or if I should just get vertex 2 or crucial c300?

I am considering buying SSD drive for my 2009 apple macbook 17" dual core 2800mhz. I use it mostly for software development and have tons of browser windows, a Java IDE, database, various servers ...
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Returning a laptop with a SSD, what measures should I take to clean the drive?

I read this lifehacker article with regards to easily recoverable data on SSD post-formatting. What do you guys recommend? Edit: Returning for a sale return. Sorry should of included that ...
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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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Currently well suited SATA2-SSDs for Laptop usage [closed]

I am looking for a solid state drive for my laptop. My dillemma: I have been waiting for the new Intel SSDs since Q3/2010, as I've heard they should be better and cheaper, due to lower memory ...
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What causes Windows Boot to stall?

For about 6 months now I have been having this weird problem where Windows 7 fails to fully boot correctly. What happens is this. Starting Windows shows up on the screen. Then 3 out of 4 times ...
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Physical HDD size

My father poses a Sony Vaio VGNTZ150N. The computer has a SSD drive and he would like to upgrade it to a larger drive. I cannot see the computer physically and I would like to advise him whether he ...
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How does SSD garbage collection work?

Correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't the block bitmap (which keeps track of free blocks on a disk drive) vary for different file systems (both location and structure wise)? So how can OCZ have a ...
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Windows 7 SSD Tweaks inside VMWare Fusion

There are a number of resources out there showing how you should 'Setup' Windows 7 when using a SSD (disable defrag, superfetch, etc.), but is there anything you should do if running Windows 7 inside ...
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OCZ Vertex 2 not recognized by Ubuntu installer

As I boot into the Ubuntu 10.10 (or 11.04, doesn't matter) live environment or installer, it just refuses to recognise my Vertex 2. It reports the disk as ATA and not supporting smart, shows no serial ...
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Manual TRIM Windows 7 on OCZ VERTEX 2 SATA II 2.5" SSD

I have an OCZ VERTEX 2 SATA II 2.5" SSD with Windows 7 Professional installed on it. I am pretty sure TRIM is not working because my motherboard is the Asus M2N-SLI (not the Deluxe model) which does ...
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is there any data that supports SSDs as more environmentally friendly?

I'm trying to come up with a case for replacing our laptop HDDs with SSDs in our IT dept. Besides saving a lot of developer time, is there any data out there to support my argument that they are more ...
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alternative filesystems for SSD

I am tired of watching fsck check my filesystem when my eeepc 901 shuts down abruptly due to a crash. I know that with a journaling filesystem, I won't have to wait for a check. However, I am well ...
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Is there a utility can set all unused bits to 1 in an SSD?

Is there a utility can set all unused bits to 1 in an SSD? If so, is using it an effective way to clear an SSD that does not support TRIM?
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Can I have a single solid state drive and a RAID array on the same machine?

To summarize, i'm looking to use a single solid state drive as my primary drive, and two conventional sata drives in a RAID 1 configuration for data. I am trying to install 64-bit Windows 7 onto this ...
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What does Raw Read Error Rate mean in SSD SMART?

I downloaded trial version of HD Tune Pro and I'm using it to benchmark my hard drives. In Health tab of SSD I found Raw Read Error Rate property. What does this property say about my hard drive? ...
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Why does my Windows 7 laptop emit a buzz when I left click my Desktop?

I have a Lenovo T410s with SSD. I have a JPEG image as my background (I think MS got rid of those annoying Active Desktops AFAIK). When I left-click on the Desktop, I hear a buzz. Has anyone else ...
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Restoring Windows 7 onto SSD via WHS backup

I have a Windows 7 machine with an old HDD that sounds like it'll go any day now. I plan on replacing it with an SSD. The process should be relatively straightforward, since I have WHS and the machine ...
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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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Questions about solid state drives?

How to tell if a hard drive is solid state drive? For example: For one laptop, its hard drive is 244GB Western Digital WDC WD2500BEVS-08VAT2 (SATA) For another, its hard drive is 98GB ...
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Disadvantages of using a swap file/partition on an SSD, even when swappiness is set to 0 [closed]

What are the disadvantages of using a swap file/partition on an SSD, even when swappiness is set to 0 I'm particularly interested in the /proc/sys/vm/swappiness=0 case. How much writes are still ...
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Is it possible to turn off hot swap feature for HDD drives when using AHCI?

I have 3 SATA drives - 1 SSD and 2 common HDDs. After changing HDD controller mode to AHCI and installing Windows 7, I still have choice to safely remove HW devices - disks. Every time I'm going to ...
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Does TRIM work under Windows 7 using NForce Raid and SSD drives?

I can't seem to find a straight answer. I've got a motherboard with an Nvidia 780SLI chipset. I've installed the latest Nforce RAID drivers, and installed Windows 7 running on a pair of Crucial C300 ...
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SSD with trim support - do I have to configure anything?

If I install Windows 7 on SSD drive with TRIM support or if I add new SSD drive with TRIM support to existing Windows 7 installation do I have to configure anything to actually use the TRIM or is it ...