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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Remove Backup Drive, Windows 7 Fails to Boot?

I have 3 drives, 1 SSD (Letter E primary OS) and 2 backup SATA drives (C and D). In BIOS when I disable either or both of the SATA drives, the computer will fail to start. From what I have read, it ...
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Is my OS installed onto my SSD?

I ordered a new laptop that came with a 500 GB HDD, so I added a 128 GB SSD. I kind of assumed they would install the OS onto the SSD since in my experience that has been the norm. I'm pretty sure ...
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How to unmark an NTFS cluster as bad?

How do I unmark clusters as bad in NTFS? Background I mistakenly ran >chkdsk /R on my SSD, where /R: Locates bad sectors and recovers readable information (implies /F) /F: Fixes errors ...
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How do I replace the HDD in a ASUS Q550L?

I just bought a ASUS Q550L for my son for Christmas and before I open it up I want to be sure I can replace the HDD with an SSD. Is this model compatible with standard laptop SSDs? If so how do I ...
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Laptop hangs before sleeping, hibernating or shutting down

I installed a new Samsung EVO 840 SSD on my Asus K53SD laptop. Now the laptop hangs when it tries to go into sleep mode. I have to force a shutdown to get back into Windows. I have installed all ...
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Computer doesn't get further than motherboard screen after installing new ram?

I just go new Kingston Hyper Beast DDR3 8x2GB kit in the door, but when I install them into my board, either my monitor doesn't react at all, or I get the motherboard screen which causes a restart and ...
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Can't recongnize my SSD device file in /dev

I am using Ubuntu and can't find my SSD device file. The /dev directory has following contents: agpgart audio audio1 audio2 audio3 audioctl char console core dsp dsp1 dsp2 dsp3 fd full kmem kmsg log ...
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How to detect if I/O errors are because of HDD fail or other Hardware/Software issues?

On my current system I had a 2TB HDD from Segate, after 2 years Windows started to restart on boot, so I formatted and installed ubuntu. All worked great but after a while I would get I/O errors, ...
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Is there a way to see what is on the two disks I turned into a Logical Volume Group on Mac?

I have an MBP and I took out the optical drive and slapped in a 840 pro 120GB SSD to go with the 512GB HDD. I then set them up as a Logical Volume Group, i.e. a fusion drive. Now that I have 500GB ...
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VirtualBox and SSD's TRIM command support

I am aware of the huge number of posts on the internet saying that this would not work and why and I really spent days looking for the solutions months ago but I've found yesterday some tips how to ...
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Does software-based OTFE cripple SSD performance without CPU AES?

Sorry for the alphabet soup. I want to use software-based on-the-fly AES file encryption I will not use full disk encryption (only file and partition). This would be on an older Core 2 system, so ...
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SSD Causing Battery To Die Almost Instantly?

I'm a little stumped a what the problem is. I recently got a used a laptop and I swapped out the 500GB 5400RPM hard drive for a PNY 120GB SSD drive. When I unplug the power from the laptop, the ...
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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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Strange SSD Response Time Spike

I have a Samsung 840 EVO 1 TB SSD disk. I am streaming data to this sequentially at a rate of 60 MB/s to four different files (15MB/s each) with the size 168GB (preallocated) each in a circular ...
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Does Windows 8.1 know it's running on an SSD?

Yesterday I installed Windows 8.1 (clean install - no migration) on a new SSD (Samsung 840 EVO). I then ran winsat formal to let Windows optimize itself, as suggested here: Windows 8.1 SSD Settings, ...
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How to disable or choose the 'correct' windows boot manager?

I have recently changed motherboard CPU and Ram, my PC was growing for around a decade and it's a bit of a mess. I have 4 Hard drives 1 SSD and 3 HDD all full of valuable data (not photos). Before ...
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How can I control disk numbering (enumeration) in Windows 7 Disk Management?

A desktop system had two drives (Assigned C and D, which were enumerated in Disk Management as Disk 0 and Disk 1). A new SSD was added as the boot drive, after copying the C drive to the SSD. The SSD ...
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Trying to migrate Win8.1 to ssd(things are little more complicate than normal)

I'm trying to migrate my Win8.1 system to an SSD. I tried Paragon's, EaseUS Todo, EZGig and many more but it doesn't work for me. I think it's because i'm on uefi. If i open disk management, i see my ...
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Usability of solid state drives after long term storage without without power

So, I was recently hired on to a company that has shipped out several 24/7 always on servers.. With solid state drives. I understand that SSD longevity has been improved upon, however to my knowledge ...
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Is OPAL eDrive (Full-Disk Encryption) composable with Intel Smart Response Techonology?

I've just ordered a Haswell laptop with a 2.5" SATA hard disk. According to the service manual it has an mSATA slot (there are also Ultrabooks where a 24GB SSD is pre-installed and pre-configured as ...
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Faster shutdown or restart than holding the power button and its drawbacks

I am looking for a way how to turn off a laptop with Windows 7 very fast. Fastest way I know of is holding power button for 5 seconds. It is unsatisfying because it is long time and because I need to ...
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Cloning Single OS partition to ssd

I'm planning on migrating my Windows8.1 OS to an SSD, i plan to do this with EaseUs Todo backup. The thing is, my HDD is divided in 4 partitions, one which i personally use, OS and files on it, the ...
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Can I setup two RAID arrays on a single intel z97 controller?

Let me preface this by saying that I have never setup a RAID array myself, other than by using software RAID 0 in Windows for a set of storage drives. I purchased a new ASUS Maximus VII Hero ...
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This should be simple: “winload.efi missing or corrupt” yet neither. Win8.1 not booting

I have a desktop PC that was running Windows 8.0 from a slow HDD. I unplugged the old drive and installed a new SSD and Windows 8.1. Once I got it running, I unplugged the SSD and plugged the HDD ...
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How to access an SSD drive from a virtual machine?

I'm using Xubuntu as the host OS and I've installed VirtualBox from the repositories. So I created a Windows XP 64 bit VM in VirtualBox, but I can't make it see the SSD device, which can be seen from ...
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Why is erasing files in a virtual machine so slow?

I'm erasing tens of thousands of small files in a VMWare Workstation 7, and it's taking HOURS. I can't figure why this is so, as the computer is very high speced, and the VM runs on an SSD. Any ...
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Why is Windows 8.1 using an external USB drive as the primary for .EXE Decompressions?

Funny issue here. I have bought a Samsung 250GB SSD drive and installed a fresh copy of windows 8 on it which I updated to 8.1. in addition to this drive this machine also has 2 internal drives and 1 ...
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RAID 0 or btrfs on two SSDs?

I have two 500 GB SSD's, and I would like to combine the two in some way to have 1 250 GB NTFS partition, and 1 750 GB btrfs or ext4 partition. As far as I see, I have two options: the Intel Rapid ...
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SSD won't boot anymore

Yesterday I put the computer to sleep. Something went wrong because it didn't go fully to sleep. So I restarted the pc and now it won't boot windows 7 anymore. It said : "Please insert valid boot ...
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What happens if I execute fstrim for a HDD instead of SSD?

Sorry for my not so good English. I'm preparing a Xubuntu 12.04 Clonezilla image for rapid deployment to new PCs in my company. PCs we are buying may have either HDD or SSD drives. My boss requested ...
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Mac OS X Difference between actual and displayed space usage

I checked my Macbook Air's disk usage with 'ncdu' tool and found that there is a big difference between my actual space usage and the displayed one. It has a 128 GB SSD and it's running OS X Mavericks ...
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Intel Rst with multiple SSD

Is there a possibility to cache one HDD with multiple SSDs?
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Dual-SSD laptop - should I move the pagefile to the non-boot SSD?

I have 2 SSDs in my laptop of equal (256GB) size. After reading this Technet article I'm tempted to do what it suggests and move my paging file to the other (non-boot) drive. Is this worth doing? Are ...
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What SSD hard drive is compatible with an HP Compaq 2540p? [closed]

I have read this thread but I'm not sure what to look out for and what will cause incompatibility when purchasing an SSD hard drive for this laptop.
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Is the Acronis Version coming with Intel SSDs working with other manufacturers SSDs?

I got myself a new Thinkpad with a HDD and an extra Samsung SSD. Now I want to clone my Thinkpad´s HDD to the Samsung SSD. Unfortunately, the Samsung Data Migration Software won´t support cloning my ...
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Will an SSD help prevent laptop overheating?

My laptop has a severe overheating problem, even though it's quite new (< 6 month). It's still regularly overheating to the point where it shuts down. This usually happens while playing games but ...
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How to enable/switch to AHCI in Windows 7 64 bit on Boot Camp 3 MacBook White 2010

After some research and ploughing through the internet, I know that one can enable/switch to AHCI on a PC using registry involving BIOS (please correct me if I'm wrong). The instructions can be found ...
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Will I experience problems running a Corsair Force GT SSD in IDE mode?

I'm planning to buy the Corsair Force GT 120GB (CSSD-F120GBGT-BK) and I'm planning to use it with an older motherboard that doesn't support AHCI (ASUS P5K SE). Will I experience any problems when ...
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Dropbox like the old gDrive?

I really like Dropbox. I also liked the old gDrive a lot. Now that computers are using SSDs, and so far the cost for big SSDs are still high (at least for countries outside US, like Brazil), is there ...
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Can I detach my Samsung SSD 840 Pro without losing any sensitive data?

I have Samsung SSD 840 Pro installed and running in my desktop computer. I have important data on this drive. Can I remove the drive from my computer (detach it from all the cables) without loosing ...
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Can a 'system image' be restored to a drive with a different storage capacity?

I have a family member who complains that her laptop is slow. I checked the laptop over and indeed, it was slow, so I looked into what was using the most hardware, and found that the hard drive was at ...
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How can I use my small SSD as a cache for a larger hard disk?

I would like to use a (small) SSD disk as a cache for a large hard disk. I realize there are hardware-based products that do this: HighPoint RocketHybrid HBA, Intel SmartResponse and others. There is ...
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SATA 3 PCIe Controller working with decreased performance (slower than SATA 2)

After reading this question about maxing out an SSD I decided to do so myself. My mobo only supports SATA 2 and has two PCIe 2.0 x1 connectors (which promiss up to 500 mb/s). So after some searching ...
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ACHI drivers for W8.1 with amd

I hope you can help me... I just installed a SSD (Samsung EVO 840) and windows 8.1 pro in my pc with M5A99X EVO ( chipset AMD 990X/SB950 ) motherboard. The SSD is installed in sata3 socket using a ...
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ssd(Solid State Drive) vs high processor? [closed]

What is preferable? SSD(Solid State Drive) with enough RAM or i7 processor for a new laptop?
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Can't install Windows 7 on SSD drive

I am trying to install Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit on an OCZ SSD Agility 3 60GB, and the drive isn't recognized in the disk management utility of Windows instalation. I just bought an Intel Motherboard ...
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What are the factors that control transfer rate of large files in a single machine?

I understand the difference between SSD and Hard Drive for why SSD writes and retrieves much faster, but what other factors govern how fast files are transferred both locally on a single machine or ...
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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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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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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 ...