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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OS on Flash drive: noticeable performance penalty if used as (linux-based) htpc?

My question is whether there is any noticeable difference in performance, given my use case, for installing a (linux-based) OS on a flash drive rather than on a SSD. I plan to turn my fanless HTPC ...
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External SSD drive(s) in USB enclosures are not being recognized by Mac OS X

I have two external SSD drives that Disk Utility Mac OS X on my 2014 MacBook Pro doesn’t see at all. The laptop basically gives zero indication that something has been plugged in. I’m connecting the ...
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How can I upgrade the SSD cache drive in my HP Envy 700-215xt?

I have the 16g drive right now, and at some point I'd like to upgrade that to a 32g or 64g drive. Is this as easy as swapping out the drive or does the cache drive have files on it my computer has to ...
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Would it make sense to install Windows 8.1 on the HDD instead of the SSD?

Just about to setup a new laptop with a 128GB SSD and 1TB 7200RPM HDD. I'm thinking that most of the 30+ GB of Windows files are probably not accessed on a regular basis, so they don't need to take ...
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Something is eating my SSD space

I noticed that my 120GB SSD is almost full, but I have only 55GB data on it. I ran Disk Analyzer and listed folders and files have around 55GB of data, and yet it says that I have only 4.4GB free ...
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Lenovo Splash Screen Takes 25 Seconds to Load

I have switched out my original HDD for a new SSD which works nice, but since doing so, when I start up the machine in the morning, I see a black screen for about 25 seconds, and then I see the Lenovo ...
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Using an SSD drive on a SATA ICH9M/ICH9M-E controller [closed]

I have a five-year-old Dell Latitude E6400 laptop, and I was thinking about changing the SATA hard drive (Hitachi HTS723216L9A362) with an SSD. I found two models that could suit my needs, the Samsung ...
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SSD RAID in Haswell NUC with Ubuntu: Does TRIM work?

I want a low-power, small, silent x86_64 Ubuntu computer with storage that's resilient against hardware failure of a drive. I'm thinking of buying D54250WYKH or D34010WYKH, one mSATA SSD and one 2.5" ...
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Laptop not starting

I have a laptop custom built by PC Specialist. It was working fine. Yesterday I have changed the hard drive to a Samsung SSD and installed Windows 8.1 on it. Today it does not want to start at all, I ...
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Why do hard disk drives sizes come in multiples of 100, while flash memory drives sizes are generally multiples of 2?

Why do hard disk drives sizes come in multiples of 100, while flash memory drives sizes are generally multiples of 2? Every HDD I saw had a capacity that was something like 100GB, 250GB, 500GB, ...
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How do I determine whether a drive is an HDD or SSD in Windows 8?

I've recently received an assembled PC. I don't know if the disk is an SSD or old HDD (whether SATA or other technologies). I can't find a way to tell if the disk is SSD or not, apart from the size ...
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Should I test that an SSD is working properly the same way I test an HDD?

I habitually test new or repurposed HDDs with badblocks -w before using them, just as a precaution. Now that I'm starting to use SSDs, I'm not sure if the same test is appropriate. Is there a more ...
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Booting to USB drive loads my “broken” Windows 7?

Today my Win7 computer stopped booting. Yesterday it was fine. I determined that the master boot record was corrupt so I created a Win7 bootable USB drive and ran the startup repair utility and ...
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Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon SSD overheating

I recently bought a used Thinkpad X1 Carbon, it had Windows 7 installed, and on a first check, the SanDisk SSD ran around 43-45 degrees, i then installed Windows 8.1 and on installing Visual Studio ...
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Which of these is the mSata slot?

Hey this is a latitude E5540 notebook and I wish to insert a mSATA SSD (intel 530) in it. But I'm not sure where is the mSATA slot. I think its the one next to "ref. to manual" but it looks so small. ...
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Can't clone SSD with a Windows partition and a Linux partition

I recently installed with some effort Zorin OS (based on Ubuntu LTS 14.04) on another partition of my Intel SSD 335 (240 gb in total) and divided that other partition many smaller partitions of the ...
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Upgrading to an SSD with a fresh windows install

So I am after upgrading my PC that i have had a while now to using an SSD with a fresh copy of windows that I own. My question is that after installing it, changing the BIOS settings ect. Am I going ...
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ADATA SX900 firmware downgrade failure

I have an ADATA SX900 SSD with firmware 5.8.2. I am trying to downgrade firmware to 5.2.5, but my drive is refusing to accept firmware. It returns this error: FATAL_ERROR: Firmware download failed ...
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Will running a Virtual Machine on an SSD degrade its lifespan?

Since Virtual Machines tend to write their data to one specific virtual disk--therefore on one specific part of the disk--will running a virtual machine degrade the lifespan of the cells on the ssd? ...
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Need an idea on what to check next for random computer… freeze?

I have an odd problem with the computer that I built this year randomly, freezing I suppose would be the best word.. You can see the important system specs here. Now, the reason that I don't want to ...
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SSD Showing as two drives not one in GParted

I'm not sure what happened but somewhere between removing windows and attempting to install linux my SSD has become two 64gb drives (sda and sdb), instead of the 128gb drive. My laptops an acer s7, ...
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Does an SDD use less power than a platter/regular drive? [duplicate]

The answer to this question seems obvious to me but I'm asking it in case I've missed something. I have a laptop with a small SSD drive and a large regular/platter drive. I keep a collection of ...
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Cloning laptop HDD to SSD using old HDD external closure

I have an old 3.5" external closure which I used to copy some files from a HDD out of a bust computer. Can it be used to clone my laptop's 750GB 2.5" HDD to a 2.5" SSD namely the crucial mx100 256GB. ...
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When to change mode IDE to SATA?

I just received a new Samsung 850 SSD. I checked that disk controller mode should be SATA for better performance but in my case (Windows 7 OS on current old hard disk) it's set to IDE. Here is the ...
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MacBook (SSD + FileVault) doesn't restore after battery depletion

Setup: I have a MacBook Pro 15", mid 2009, 3.06GHz. The DVD drive has been replaced with a SAMSUNG SSD (830 series), 128GB, the battery has been replaced once with an original one. RAM was upgraded to ...
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Partitioning issues with an SSD drive

I have a Solid State Drive with 24 GB of free space. I want to shrink the volume by 20 GB to create a partition to install and dual-boot Linux Ubuntu OS. The problem is Windows disk management tool ...
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New Samsung XP941 SSD showing values for “Used Reserved Block Count”. Is this bad?

I have a brand new Samsung 512GB XP941 SSD. Installed Windows and had it all up and running for about a week now. However... when I ran Crystal Disk Info it's only showing a Health Status of 92% and ...
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Upgrading primary SSD with user profile on second drive

first time poster looking for some advice. My current setup (Win 7 Pro) consists of a 120Gb SSD as my primary drive with Junctions configured to put my user profile onto a secondary 2Tb HDD. I ...
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OS Installation on SSD and storage on HDD

I have an Dell 15z 5523 laptop with 32GB SSD and 500 GB HDD. I want to boot my OS from the SSD but use the HDD for storage , i.e. Programs Files, Users etc. How should I do it?
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Move Windows to Existing (Non-Blank) Drive

My current setup is an SSD that has Windows installation on it, plus an HDD that holds most of my data. The HDD has plenty of space on it (more free space than the full size of the SSD). I'd like to ...
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100s of Reads vs 100s of Writes

Consider a pretty fast Hard Disk. I know many writes to a single disk will always be slower than many reads. For instance time taken to complete 100 write operations is much longer than time to ...
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Enable AES encryption via ATA password on Samsung Evo 840 with data already on the drive?

Does the Evo 840 support changing the AES key (more or less) on the fly (in my case from "no key" to "my key")? I don't mind if it takes an hour to encipher the data as long as I don't have to ...
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How to use SSD as external drive and get the good performance?

I have my desktop which has windows 8.1 and I use it as my primary work station. I want to use Ubuntu 14.04 and I dont like to dual boot on my PC. I want to install ubuntu on external SSD and use it ...
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Can't boot from hard drive, otherwise fine

TL;DR: Stopped being able to boot from a drive, but it appears to work otherwise, what should I do with it? I've had a couple of Crucial SSDs since late 2011. No real issues, aside from one of them ...
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How to install Windows 8.1 on new PC with SSD

I just build new PC and trying to install Windows 8.1 from DVD (USB DVD ROM). I tried many different ways which from the internet but nothing is working. First attempt UEFI installation. Boot ...
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Assuming a PC has plenty of RAM, will an ssd make web browsing significantly faster? [closed]

Assuming a PC has plenty of RAM (as many cheap laptops with HDDs do), will an SSD make web browsing significantly faster? Is an SSD a worthwhile investment for someone who's in google docs and gmail ...
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My laptop cannot boot from SSD, How to resolve it?

I have a razer blade pro 17' (2013). Today when I was gaming, the laptop suddenly stopped responding to any of my operation, including moving mouse and press power button. After force restarting, I ...
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Clone HDD to USB to SSD?

I bought a new computer (ASUS G551JM) with a hard disk drive (1TB 7200 RPM), but I want to transfer the OS (and everything else) onto my Samsung EVO 840 (500GB). However, when I purchased the SSD from ...
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Is there still a reason to choose a 10,000 RPM hard drive over an SSD?

For anyone who's serious about storage performance, SSDs are always the fastest solution. However, WD still makes their 10,000 RPM VelociRaptor hard drives, and a few enthusiasts even use ...
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Mac Partition Table issue

I went to install Windows in my macbook air by creating NTFS partition. But my purposed wasn't served. So I've deleted that NTFS partition (40 GB approx.) from Mac recovery mode. Then that space ...
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Performance of MSATA to 2.5" SATA adapter

I have recently bought an MSATA SSD as well as an adapter case that fits into my laptop 2.5" SATA bay. I have connected it in two configurations: - first through the adapter to the 2.5" SATA slot - ...
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Windows 8.1 boot stuck

Booting system (Windows 8.1) on my laptop (ThinkPad T400) often stuck on screen with Windows logo. I can't do anything but "hard shutdown" by holding start button. Then I start it again and Windows ...
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AMD RAID controller sees drives & RAID 1; Windows & RAIDXpert don't

I've got two SSDs I'm trying to work in RAID 1 on a Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5. Here is the weird combination of all the different variables with a fairly ideal testing scenario (plenty of spare ...
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Linux - fstab entry for hfsplus on ssd

I've got an Arch and OS X install sharing an HFS+ (non-journaled) /home partition. My Arch side seems to have issues with the partition. In particular, deleting multiple files causes the drive to ...
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Testing new (refurbished) SSD

I got a Corsair Force GS 128GB, and popped it into the "dock" integral to the case. It's a SATA connector going to one of the motherboard headers, like any other internal drive. After initial ...
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How to enable hardware based encryption on Samsung 850 Pro

I have a new Samsung 850 pro which touts hardware-based encryption. According to that page I should just go in my bios and set a hard-drive password (no problem right). The only relevant thread I ...
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Msahci.sys is Corrupt (Windows 7 64 Bit SSD)

My computer did not restart correctly recently and afterwards it stopped being able to boot. The error on the system diagnostic says msahci.sys is corrupt. Currently, I can only access restore tools ...
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Rebuild laptop and specify Windows 8.1 should use small SSD

My question is whether it's possible to rebuild a laptop with a 32GB SSD and 500GB HDD with Windows 8.1 making use of the 32GB SSD in some way to improve performance. For example: I've read about ...
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samsung evo 840 500gb enable bitlocker without reinstall and with a password needed at each boot [closed]

I was wondering if it is possible to turn on edrive + bitlocker on a Samsung Evo 840 SSD without reinstalling windows or messing with my windows install?
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SSD gone bad suddenly

Problem: A few days ago I had a crash in Windows 8. It was just freezing content by a little bit until the only thing that could move was the mouse pointer. I instantly got an idea it was something ...