Solid-state drive; a device that uses solid-state memory to persistently store data, often as a replacement for a traditional hard drive. Because SSDs do not use mechanical seeking to access data, they can provide much higher performance than hard drives especially with random I/O operations.

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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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SSD and monitoring writing to C:\Windows\Prefetch\ReadyBoot\ReadyBoot.etl

I have been monitoring write activity to the following file. C:\Windows\Prefetch\ReadyBoot\ReadyBoot.etl Since I have Windows 7 installed on an SSD, that there would not be any readyboost activity. ...
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Did disk drives get much faster over the last 10 years?

I wonder how fast the disks were in 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010... I seem now able to make a whopping 80MB per second, although random access time is pretty awful still. Is the speed of drives still ...
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Is it a good idea to disable short filenames on Windows 7 running on a SSD drive?

http://oreilly.com/pub/a/windows/2005/02/08/NTFS_Hacks.html By default, NTFS creates an 8.3 filename every time it creates a long filename, which adds a bit of time to the file creation process. ...
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Replace HD with SSD in MacBook where CD/DVD drive is broken

My prev gen (non-unibody) MacBook Pro could use an SSD. I want to replace the existing HDD with an SSD. That's the easy part. The hard part is that the CD/DVD drive on this MacBook is broken. So I ...
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Do I need to do something about partition alignment when installing Windows XP on a SSD drive?

I just got a new SSD drive (OCZ Vertex 2) and installed Windows 7 on it. Problem is, now I need to install XP also for some legacy applications that I run. I read here, among others, that XP has ...
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“Acceleration” not available in Intel SRT menu

I have an Asus Z68 Motherboard on an existing system running Windows 7 x64. I now want to install an OCZ Agility 3 SSD to make use of the Intel Smart Response Technology. Apparently, it's not an easy ...
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How to hide a partition?

I bought a small 32 GB SSD to store the operating system (Windows 7) and my applications. I'll copy the existing boot partition (30 GB) from my harddisk (WD Velociraptor) to the SSD using GParted ...
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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 ...
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secure file erase on SSD

With ssd's drive levelling feature using different sectors for files, would using an erase program like eteraser's privacy guard and setting it to securely wipe all free space and file slack securely ...
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Tools/Tips to reduce the files/directories in C: which is SSD on Windows 7

I bought a SSD to install it as C: drive on Windows 7. As the SSD size is relatively small, I need to come up with an idea to reduce the files/directories in C:. What I found is as follows. Run ...
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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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Is it bad to defrag a ssd? Or just pointless? [duplicate]

I've read on some websites that it's bad to defrag an ssd. But I'm reading on this website now and one person was like "You didnt do any harm its just not necessary to defrag it." I feel like that's ...
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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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How does SSD achieve wear-leveling when disk is near-full?

I'm trying to understand this. Say I have a 256GB SSD, 180GB of which are already occupied by permanent files (OS, installed programs etc.). The remaining 70GB or so gets new files created and deleted....
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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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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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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 I ...
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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. /dev/...
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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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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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Win7: How do I force TRIM on SSD, when system partition is encrypted with TrueCrypt?

I beg folks answering this question to stick to the point, and refrain from answers such as "why do you run encryption anyway", or "use Bitlocker instead". This question is specifically about ...
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Will device-based “wear leveling” equalize access across both SSD partitions?

I can’t see that my specific point is covered by the “Wear Levelling” section in the answer to the earlier question Disadvantages of partitioning an SSD? I’ve been booting Windows 7 from a 32GB SSD ...
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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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Installing firmware with samsung magician dc

I am trying to get Samsung magican DC to work on my linux (linux mint 17 xfce) computer. I downloaded samsung magician dc from here. Then I downloaded the firmware update files from this page (under "...
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Why do file transfers between drives use RAM

I've noticed that whenever I copy or move large files from my SSD, which I use as the system drive, to my HDD or to an external hard or flash drive, the speed graph shown by Windows always looks the ...
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Bypass a program that runs before desktop?

What I mean by that is programs that say "a restart is required to do blah" and then run in a low-level mode before the operating system is loaded the next time you boot. Examples of this are Spybot S&...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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SSD is very slow on PC

Yesterday I installed Samsung 850 EVO ssd in the place where HDD was installed on my HP Pavilion Dv6t 6c19tx. Then I installed fresh Windows 10 pro on it and everything went smooth. I didn't notice ...
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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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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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How to switch from SSD to HD in Windows 8.1?

I'm on the verge of giving up on this. I thought I would pose the question since I haven't found any answers and some other poor soul might run into a similar challenge. How do you configure Windows ...
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Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 2 won’t start up Windows directly from Intel 335 SSD [duplicate]

I recently got a Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 2 (14 inch) laptop and want to install an SSD (Intel 335 series 240gb SSD) from my old machine. So, right now, whenever I start it, it takes me to a menu where ...
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Periodic slow performance after a clone from SSD to HDD

User was complaining about C: Partition size and refused to reduce his personal content on the drive. At the time he had a SSD and we only had spare HDD of larger size. All parties agreed to replace ...
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Windows 8.1 100% disk usage

Sorry to make another one of these posts, but I've dug through at least a dozen other threads and no other solution has worked for me. My problem also seems to be slightly different. As you can ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Freeze, sudden reset, SSD no longer recognized by BIOS

How it came about: On a Windows 7 Pro 32-Bit Machine. I was running an incremental backup covering the usual user specific data and a couple of manually selected directories (nothing special: no ...