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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Install Windows 8 Upgrade to a new SSD? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows 8 Pro Upgrade but no previous version of Windows installed I have a legit Windows 7 installed on my C:\ SSD drive. I have about 10 gigs left of 80 gigs total. So ...
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Properly disabling Intel SRT

I just purchased a Dell XPS 8500 that comes with a 2TB mechanical HDD + 32GB SSD that is configured to use Intel's SRT. I'm planning to dual boot Win7 and Ubuntu, but it seems like SRT drivers are ...
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Partitioning Scheme on HDD+SSD system

I have a fresh Samsung ultrabook with 500GB HDD and a 16 GB SSD. It came with Windows 7 installed. I am going to dual boot with Xubuntu 12.04. The following is the layout as seen from GParted. ...
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How can i see if my SSD needs to have TRIM run against it?

I'm getting intermittent performance issues with my intel SSD (X25-M 160GB). every few days the Disk Queue Length gets very high and the machine effectively locks up - queue length being 10 to 15 for ...
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How to set up OSes (Mac/Win/Ubuntu) on a SSD to promote its longevity (TRIM, etc.)

I recently bought an SSD (a 64GB Crucial M4 - which I believe has garbage collection, based on these specs) for my new computer. I've installed OS X 10.7.2 on it, and would like to reinstall this and ...
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Turn off SSD on idle

I know that one usually should’t make Windows turn off idling hard disk drives, as the repeated turning on and off is bad for the mechanics. But what about SSDs? My new notebook has an SSD, and the ...
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Can an SSD drive be reused / reformatted after a failure?

Being new to SSD (I don't own/use one, yet), how severe can storage loss be on those drives? I heard that the entire drive can pretty much get lost instantly due to the technology it uses to store ...
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My new Lenovo T410 has slowed to a crawl. How do I fix it?

I've been using Windows for over 18 years now and consider myself a power user. This laptop is about 6 months old) specs: 4 GB RAM and running Windows 7 enterprise with a 120 GB solid state drive. ...
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Is there an eSATA memory stick / thumb drive? [closed]

The new PC I just finished building has eSATA support. I use a USB stick/thumb drive all the time on my PC for stuff, is there an equivalent available anywhere for eSATA? Please list one product per ...
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Any Solid State Drive (SSD) Compatibility Issues/Concerns with Dell D820/D830?

Are there any compatibility issues or concerns for a SSD with a Dell D820 or D830? We're looking to replace a failing drive in a D830 with an SSD. Any SSD recommendations? Gotchas?
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Is it worth to buy a SSD for my desktop machine if only support SATA II?

I know that there are similar questions but I was wondering if I could get a little more information about this. The SSD disk is not cheap at all so I wonder if I'd really notice the difference. I ...
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Check SSD health without using SMART?

I'm trying to debug hardware issues, and my first target is the SSD hard drive. However, the drive does not have SMART enabled, and pretty much all recommendations for checking SSD health include ...
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How to shrink volume on an SSD? [duplicate]

How do I shrink an SSD partition? When I try to shrink the volume, the "available amount of space to shrink" is zero. I did a disk defragmentation (I know it's bad), but it still comes up with zero. ...
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Apart from speed, how do SSDs compare to HDDs?

I've heard that apart from straight-up speed, SSDs greatly outperform HDDs in power consumption and heat generation. How much greater, on average, is an SSD than an HDD in: Power consumption. Heat ...
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32 to 64-bit with more RAM, or SSD? [closed]

I'm considering either going 64-bit Windows (Dell i7 laptop) or getting an SSD. I can only get one. Things I run a lot: SSMS Visual Studio Office 2010 Lots of programs simultaneously. What will ...
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using one disk as cache for others

Given a PC with several hard drives: Is it possible to use one fast disk as a giant file cache? I.e. automatically copying frequently accessed data to that one disk, and transparently redirecting ...
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RAID 0 with multiple HDDs versus a single SSD

Me and a buddy were debating about this earlier, and neither of us are really pros in the field. I figured someone on here might know. The debate was about weather it would be smarter (in terms of ...
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Increase performance of Samsung 830 256GB SSD

I have a Samsung 830 SSD in my notebook connected to a SATA interface. This is a rather old HP notebook nc8430 which means SATA is SATA I and not II or even III that disk supports. But SATA I still ...
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Is my SSD disk aligned to 4k sectors and if not how do I fix it? [duplicate]

As per another post here on SU, I'm trying optimise performance of a USB 3.0 attached SSD drive. I've been told that aligning to 4k boundaries should improve performance(?). So how can I check that ...
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Does fstrim wear out SSD

I bought a samsung 840 pro 250 GB ssd ~two months ago, and I was wondering how much has been written to it. Actually, I have four partitions: /,/home,boot, and swap. To figure out how much was written ...
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When a solid state drive fails, can the data still be recovered?

When my HDD fails, I can go to a specialist and get the data recovered. Is this possible with Solid State drives?
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How can I use SRT to cache a non boot hard drive?

In a comment on my answer to the question Making SSD & HDD work together like a hybrid I was informed that my statement that SRT can only cache a Windows boot drive is no longer valid. I have ...
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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 ...
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SSD on Windows XP [closed]

I'm going to get an SSD drive for my computer and install Windows XP on it. I've read online that Windows XP isn't very SSD friendly and there are things you need to do to optimize for an SSD drive. ...
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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 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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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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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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Windows 7 not booting after failed SRT (SSD caching) install

This is a fairly new computer, only about a month old. i7 2700k, z68 motherboard, with a 1.5tb WD black HD, and a 128gb crucial M4 ssd. I followed the instructions for setting up ssd caching, the ...
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SSDs vs HDDs for external hard drives

I am planning on getting a new external drive, and was considering the new SSDs over HDDs. Read/write performance for many small files (0 - 500KB) is of highest priority for my use, it's more ...
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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 could cause slow SSD performance?

I recently upgraded my Windows XP (!) computer to a single Crucial M4 SSD. The system is running very fast and without problem, but running HD Tune Pro (and CrystalDisk) revealed that sequential read ...
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Do SSDs really have a much shorter life than HDDs? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: HDD vs SSD durability After reading Jeff Atwood's recent blog post on solid state drives, I'm somewhat deterred in wanting to own one. I basically want to use solid ...
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How a large virtual machine disk affects SSD life time

I've an interesting doubt. Since virtual machines create a file that represents a hard disk - the so-called virtual disk -, and it usually takes 20-40GB (and even more), how does this affect a ...
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Ideal location for pagefile for workstation?

I have a workstation with 16GB of RAM, an 80GB boot SSD, and a software 4x 80GB array for scratch, running Windows 7 64-bit professional. The SSD is slower in sustained throughput than the array ...
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Defrag and symbolic links in Windows 7

I recently purchased an SSD, and for a few reasons not worth going into I had to install Windows on a traditional HDD and make symbolic links so "Program Files" actually goes to my SSD. I started ...
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Does newly formatted SSD get proper partition alignment?

When I create partitions on a new SSD using Windows XP64 SP2, are they properly aligned? The answer for XP was NO, so I'm having another question: How about (up to date) Ubuntu? According to ...
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SSD as OS drive or critical program drive

I have just bought a new PC and seperately bought a new SSD drive (crucial C300 real SSD 128GB) and wanted to know whether it was better to have the SSD as my primary OS drive with some critical apps ...
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Can I replace laptop SSD harddrive with normal drive without voiding the warranty?

I have a Thinkpad w510 with a 128 GB SSD drive. However, I have found out that storage capacity of the SSD disc is insufficient. My question is: Is it possible to a get new laptop 500 GB harddrive ...
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How to run 2 SSD drives in RAID-0?

I am wanting to replace my Operating sytem hard drive with 2 SSD drives. Well possibly just 1 but I am curious about doing 2 in a RAID-0 setup for even more improved speed. What exactly would I need ...
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Windows 8.1 Pro install - SSD not detected

Upgrading my girlfriend's Lenovo SL510 to use an SSD. I removed the old HDD and replaced it by the Samsung 830 128GB SSD. The SSD is visible in the BIOS and it is accessible/formattable from another ...
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Where to put default setting from “/sys” folder in Fedora 18?

I have an SSD main disk and I want to use noop IO scheduler with it, like this: echo noop > /sys/block/sda/queue/scheduler But this setting gets lost after reboot. What is a right place to save ...
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Create new partition on ssd hard (remove hibernate)

I bought Dell Vostro 3360 notebook with Windows 7 It has 128 GB SSD hard disk, it is already has 4 partitions: Dell partition, Recovery partition, OS partition, Hibernate partition. Here is ...
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USB 3.0 slower than SATA for SSD

I have a Kingston V200 256GB SSD. When connected to my SATA 6.0gbps port on my motherboard I'm seeing sequential read speeds of 300 megabytes / second. When I put the drive into a sata to USB 3.0 ...
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Asus Formula I AHCI / Crucial CT256M4SD1 SSD boot issue

I have an Asus Formula I, the BIOS version is the latest 1402. I have 2 CD-Drive and 2 Regular Drives attached to the SATA ports. Now I've bought the Crucial CT256M4SD1 and want to use it as boot ...
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Why is my Crucial m4 SSD Harddrive so slow on an Asrock SATAIII 6GB/s Controller?

I bought a new SSD, the Crucial 128GB m4. According to AS SSD Benchmark it can have 415 MB/s read and about 175 MB/s write. I have an Asrock X58 Extreme Mainboard with 6 onboard SATAII connectors. So ...
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Kingston SSD firmware update via USB?

I have a system with a Kingston SSD that needs to be updated to the latest firmware. The system does not have an optical drive. Is there a way to install the firware update via USB, or am I going to ...
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Can I move Windows 7 C:\Users more easily using 2 installs of Windows 7? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Moving users folder on Windows Vista/Seven to another partition I am trying to move my Windows 7 C:\Users folder off of my 64GB SSD onto another drive (A partition on an ...
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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 ...
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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 ...