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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (2)

3
votes
2answers
633 views

Intel X25M 80GB SSD vs. OCZ RevoDrive 50GB SSD [closed]

I already have 4 X25M 80GB drives in RAID. I was just wondering by looking at the specs of OCZ's RevoDrive 50GB SSD if there is noticable difference between the two drives and if I should consider ...
90
votes
5answers
47k views

Which linux filesystem works best with SSD

From wiki: The vital TRIM function is supported by the Linux OS starting with 2.6.33 kernel (available early 2010). However, support amongst various filesystems is still inconsistent or not ...
0
votes
2answers
998 views

Which linux folders to put on an SSD drive

I will be buying a SSD drive soon and I read that putting the swap partition in there would wear the drive down. Is there something else that I should put on a different drive? What about the /dev ...
4
votes
2answers
12k views

Optimal Partition setup for Windows 7 on SSD

I'm setting up my system with Windows 7 right now, with knowledge that I am going to be getting a SSD in the future. What optimizations/setup should I do now to make a smoother transition in the ...
2
votes
2answers
926 views

Will Windows XP work on a Hybrid Hard Drive?

I'm looking into getting the Seagate Momentus XT hybrid hard drive, and I'm planning on dual booting between Windows 7 and Windows XP. I know 7 and Vista have native support for taking advantage of ...
0
votes
1answer
288 views

What would happen in a Software Raid 1 of one HDD and one SSD?

I'm running my Windows 7 installation and all of my apps from an SSD for performance reasons. Since SSD's can instantly die at any moment, I'm looking for some kind of data backup strategy. Right Now ...
1
vote
3answers
437 views

A ssd disk with usb, working with linux

Does anyone know about any usb ssd disks which work with Linux, and which Linux can boot from? If the disk also have a sata connector it will be even better.
3
votes
3answers
551 views

What are solid state drives? Are they faster than mechanical drives?

Mainly concerned if they are faster IS THIS faster: 640GB SATA II 3Gb/s 7200 RPM Hard Drive (8MB Cache Buffer) Or this: 80GB Intel® X25-M SATA Solid-State Drive
0
votes
3answers
8k views

Recovery of deleted data on SSD / USB Flash

Is there a way to recover deleted data from a SSD / USB Flash drive? All I could find were recovery for damaged drives, but I want to recover deleted data. So how do I do this?
1
vote
0answers
82 views

Any crucial information, about coping partition with installed win7 from hhd to ssd using GParted?

I have pretty old windows 7 installation on hdd, i can't install fresh windows on my new ssd, co i need to copy whole partition. I chose GParted to do it. Any crucial information about this? Will i ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

Ways to minimize the size of Windows 7 OS Partition

I'm reinstalling Windows 7 on a new 60 GB SSD and want to keep the OS footprint as small as possible. I'd like to minimize things like winsxs and driverstore, and I want to move user folders to ...
0
votes
1answer
702 views

Will the new 13" MacBook Air be enough to develop on and run a LAMP server in a Virtual Machine? [closed]

I'm in the market for a new Mac notebook, and I really like the form factor of the 13" MacBook Air, as I'll be biking with it every day. I currently have the 2009 15" MacBook Pro, which is powerful ...
0
votes
1answer
108 views

Bought two SSD drives. How should I use them for recording games with PlayClaw?

I just bought two 120 GB X-25 Mainstream SSD disks from Intel and I'm trying to figure out what the best setup would be for them. I play games mainly and I also record in-game footage with ...
0
votes
1answer
461 views

SSD and Backing up data

I'm brand new to the world of SSD. I set up TRIM and turned off the various windows 7 hibernation and defrag options, so i think i'm optimized. Since i've read that the life of a SSD can be ...
0
votes
2answers
949 views

Improve SSD performance on OS X

Since approx. one year I'm using a SSD in my Mac mini. After having it built-in I remember a speed-improvement compared to the default hard disk, but today it (the Mac mini) feels sluggish. What can I ...
3
votes
2answers
379 views

Invalid size displayed for SSD

I have an 80GB Intel X25-M SSD drive installed on a Linux box running Debian 5.0. The file system on the SSD is ext4. I've had no problems with the drive, and have been using it for quite some time ...
4
votes
3answers
776 views

would having the OS on one SSD and the swapfile on another be faster?

Here's the setup: my OS is installed on a 60G SSD. It is replacing a 40G SSD -- 40G just wasn't enough space for the OS partition because of the 8G of RAM in this system. Question is, would keeping ...
3
votes
2answers
16k views

What does “4K Random Write” mean with SSDs?

I'm buying a new SSD. One of the specs I'm comparing is 4k Random Write (Aligned): 50,000 IOPS and 4k Random Write (Aligned): 10,000 IOPS. What does this spec mean?
1
vote
1answer
394 views

Why would a SSD reset itself every cold boot?

First, some system information: Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R SSD's (x2): Corsair CSSD-F160GBP2 Windows 7 Pro Totally new system, parts arrived on Friday. Initially I wanted to setup the two ...
5
votes
1answer
288 views

Other than re-imaging how can I speed up an SSD drive that doesn't support TRIM?

This Dell Latitude XT tablet's SSD drive has slowed quite a bit lately. I've read that you can do a drive image and complete wipe as one method to speed up the system, but that seems really tricky ...
14
votes
4answers
13k views

HDD vs SSD durability [closed]

I heard that SSD are less durable than HDD. Is it true ?
4
votes
2answers
1k views

Antivirus impact on SSD

I've just purchased an OCZ Vertex 2 SSD drive and I'm trying to understand how various pieces of software could impact it. I'm going to be running Windows 7 on it. My current choice of antivirus ...
0
votes
1answer
432 views

Run a development environment VM on SSD or on second drive

I have a new machine with an SSD as the primary drive, running 64-bit Windows 7, and a 7200 RPM 500GB drive as the secondary drive. I have a VM set up under VMWare that has a development environment ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

Any downside to using default AHCI drivers under AMD?

It seems that installing AMD's AHCI drivers prevents the SSD "trim" command from working. Users are being encouraged to use of the default AHCI drivers that ship with Windows 7 because those support ...
5
votes
2answers
5k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
924 views

Can you add a second hard drive to a Dell XPS M1530?

I'm looking to add more storage after getting an SSD in my Dell XPS M1530, and I was wondering if there was some way to add a second hard drive, maybe in place of the CD drive as I've heard is ...
1
vote
1answer
841 views

Using SSD as system drive for OS X, but using harddrive for data Users drive

I'm trying to get the goodness of SSD drive, while still being able to have lots of storage... My current Mac laptop does not support it, but suppose that it does (or suppose that I buy a hybrid ...
1
vote
2answers
1k views

Encrypting a SSD

I have finally made a move to ssd (OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGTE240G 2.5" 240GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive) but using it without encryption makes me nervous.I've searched here and elsewhere ...
2
votes
2answers
136 views

Solid-State-Drives for Improved Performance

I feel the need, the need for speed: I have a 14 MB SSIS package, and every time I run it in debug mode, it takes forever and a half to start executing. Most of the time is spent saving before it ...
3
votes
2answers
137 views

As SSDs get faster and Level 2 caches get bigger, could RAM become redundant?

If Solid State Drives become sufficiently fast that they aren't that much slower than RAM, and Level-2 caches get larger; is it possible to build a PC that doesn't have any RAM at all? What would the ...
1
vote
4answers
1k views

Hardware Raid Card Reviews with SSDs

Yes I realize there are several questions about this but none of them seem to have the answer I'm looking for. I have two SSDs and am looking to buy a purely hardware raid card for them; however, I ...
0
votes
0answers
422 views

large memory: wakeup slower than boot

I've upgraded my Windows 7 machine to 24GB. As described here, I found out that 24GB of my precious C: SSD were taken for swap file. To solve this, I moved the swap file to my 2TB non SSD E: drive. ...
1
vote
3answers
378 views

Wear leveling: at what point will it be unnecessary

With the new SSDs available there is the concept of wear leveling because they have limited write cycles (are read cycles limited too?) How many write cycles should a drive achieve before wear ...
2
votes
2answers
847 views

I'm trying to conserve SSD space & want to move User Accounts to HD [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Moving users folder on Windows Vista/Seven to another partition I have a newly installed Windows 7 install on an SSD, and have about 17GB free before adding any users or ...
0
votes
1answer
590 views

Should I format my SSD on my macbook pro

I have a macbook pro with an SSD. Would formatting my hard drive make a difference from a speed perspective seeing as how OS X doesn't support TRIM?
1
vote
1answer
538 views

do SSDs still require alignment?

Finally I decided to move from HDD to SSD. I'm waiting for the third generation of Intel SSDs G3 to become available to purchase one. In the meantime I'm reading articles, user reviews etc and I see ...
3
votes
2answers
15k views

How to get TRIM support on XP with a Crucial RealSSD C300?

I have seen that Intel has a tool that gives Trim support to older OSes running on Intel SSD's. We are rolling with Crucial SSD's, and everything is XP. Is there a utility or trick? Thank you!
0
votes
3answers
300 views

Which is the better MacPro to get — hardware RAID of SATA or good 256GB SATA SSD?

Looking to build a MacPro. Reliability question aside, what's a good option? I feel that if I purchased the RAID option, it should be in the RAID10 configuration -- spinning media needs the ...
2
votes
1answer
711 views

What does it mean when people talk about “misaligned” hard drives?

I have been reading about people talking about "misaligned" hard drives, and how they are trying to alight them again. Can someone explain what this concept is all about and why are people worrying ...
6
votes
1answer
3k views

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?
2
votes
3answers
4k views

How to partition SSD & another HD for Linux

I'm in the process of building a new computer and for the first time I will be using multiple hard drives (1 64GB SSD for the system & 1 7,200rpm 500GB HD for data) so I'm unsure as to how to ...
3
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
29
votes
6answers
56k views

How safe is it to run CHKDSK on an SSD?

I recently saw Windows 7 pop up a warning or two that I should run chkdsk on my laptop. My laptop came with an SSD and I'm not sure if there are any negative implications to running chkdsk on such a ...
41
votes
6answers
23k views

Windows pagefile size with large RAM and SSD

I just upgraded my Windows 7 machine from 12GB to 24GB RAM - both for running more VMs and for future proofing. My C drive is an SSD with 129GB formatted size. I was surprised to find out that the ...
4
votes
5answers
8k views

Internal drives vs USB-3 with external SSD or eSata with External SSD

I have a need to carry VMWare Virtual Machines with me for work. These are very large files (each VM is 20GB or more) and I carry around about 40 to 50 VM's to simulate different software ...
1
vote
2answers
1k views

SSD for White macbook 2008

I have a white MacBook from early 2008. It needs a hard drive replacement. I was wondering if: Will it be compatible with any SSD in the market today. If not all then which SSDs are compatible? What ...
1
vote
1answer
7k views

Dell Latitude E6410 BSOD Switch to AHCI

Just received a brand new laptop. Wiped the installed Win 7 64 bit and put on a fresh copy on a new SSD. After the fact I realized I should have AHCI mode for performance. So I followed this guide ...
2
votes
3answers
7k views

Making an SSD drive the primary boot/system drive

[Not much of a hardware guy, so please excuse my ignorance :)] I just ordered an HP Pavilion Elite HPE-450t (desktop), which came with Win7 installed on the hard drive, using two partitions (C: and ...
2
votes
3answers
3k views

Windows 7 New SSD SATA AHCI?

I recently got a new laptop (Dell Latitude E6410) which came with a regular hard drive. I removed the hard drive and installed Windows 7 64 bit fresh. I've been doing some reading about possibly ...
0
votes
1answer
2k views

Changed Program Files path but programs still install on C:\ drive

I have recently upgraded to an SSD drive (Intel 80GB) and I have a 500GB drive to which I have most of my data and programs installed. I have changed the following registry entries and rebooted ...