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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Can't run Hyper-V after changing to SSD

I swapped out my HDD for a Samsung 840 EVO SSD, and migrated my OS using Samsung's Data Migration Program. I had Visual Studio 2013 installed with the Windows Phone SDK 8.0, and I was able to run all ...
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Why is my new SSD two times slower?

Just bought Team XS2 ssd which tells that is should have 550mb/s read and 500mb/s write. I'm only getting this: Something seems to be wrong. There is a chance that this drive is a junk, but I hope ...
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Is it worth to get a SATA-3 controller to max my SSD out?

I have an OCZ Agility 3 on a Gygabyte GA-P55-UD5 (it only has native SATA-2 support, not SATA-3). I have to admit performance is already interesting but should be half of total possibilities. I've ...
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External Solid State Drives

How does the performance of an external SSD drive compare to an internal? I'm assuming the connection would be USB 2.0 - would that be the limiting factor in speed? Is it a waste of money? EDIT - ...
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How to reinstall Windows 10 on new hard disk

I've been using Windows 10 for a couple of month now (joined the Insider Preview). Now my hard drive started ticking so I've bought a new SSD and I want to move the windows installation to the new ...
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Strange performance of SSD

My SSD (on Windows XP) is working well, however, I get the following strange results from Crystal Mark 2004R3: 236 MB/s for sequential read 59 MB/s for sequential write 168 MB/s for random read ...
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Is the speed difference I get from putting my SSD in RAID mode negligible?

I've got two 80GB Gen2 Intel SSDs, currently in RAID 0. I'm about to reformat for an unrelated reason, and I'm wondering if maybe I should just leave them as independent drives. The primary reason ...
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Are unpowered SSDs vulnerable to an EMP shock?

As far as I know, an EMP can cause unrecoverable damage to traditional magnetic HDDs (regardless to whether they are turned on or not) in an instant and is also capable of damaging other ...
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Is it possible to use one large SSD as both system disk and Intel Smart Response caching

I want to use a large SSD to install system on it and also use it for Intel Smart Response caching? Start with 120G SSD and 1TB HDD Take a 120G SSD and split it into 100G and 20G partitions. ...
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What is a normal file copy speed for SSD?

I am copying a folder (320 items, 1.9GB) on an SSD to a different location on the same SSD and getting a transfer rate of 5MB/s. Is this to be expected? Simultaneous reading and writing to the same ...
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Is alignment to erase block size needed for modern SSD's?

I now this topic has been somewhat discussed before but I haven't managed to get a clear picture. I’m trying to figure out whether partition alignment to erase block size is necessary with recent-ish ...
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Why do we need Intel SSD Toolbox for TRIM?

Why does Intel SSD Toolbox need to schedule a TRIM on a daily or weekly basis if the underlying SSD supports the TRIM command? Shouldn't the drive TRIM in real-time without this tool? Is this tool ...
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Does Windows 7 actually defragment an SSD drive if you tell it to?

Defragmenting an SSD drive is a bad idea and Windows 7 is (should be?) smart enough not to schedule defragmentation on such drives. However, I've opened up Disk Defragmenter on my system and found, ...
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How can I recover dead SSD drives?

I haven't lost any mission critical data or anything, but I have in my possession a large number of SSD 2.5" drives that were pulled for unreliability or being "dead". I am curious if there's any way ...
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Windows 7 freezes with SSD

I have a new SSD (Kingston Hyper 120GB), with a fresh installation of Windows 7 (and several HDDs). For no apparent reason, my computer freezes. I cannot move the mouse, the sound glitches, but after ...
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How should I use my new SSD drive?

I just built a new PC the other day. Specs... Processor: Intel i7-930 quad core CPU CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Motherboard: AsRock X58 Extreme 3 RAM/Memory: 6gb G-Skill triple channel ...
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New SSD, is the MBR broken? DISK BOOT FAILURE

I've been running Windows 7 on a WD 500gb SATA single drive, single partition setup for some time with no issues. I've just installed a new Kingston V Series 64gb SSD and performed a clean install ...
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Correct misaligned encrypted partitions

I have encrypted my SSD with dm-crypt/LUKS to install an Archlinux in an LVM container. Here's a graph of the structure (it's in French but should be understandable): Now I realised I should have ...
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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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SSD upgrade underperforming

I upgraded my Windows 7 PC from a Samsung Spinpoint F4EG HD204UI HDD to a SanDisk Pulse SDSSDP-128G-G25 SSD but, unlike seemingly everyone else in the world, I have never noticed a performance ...
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What is Intel rapid start technology and how can i enable it?

I am wondering about Intel's rapid start technology. How can i enable it? Does it affect the start up and boot speed of my PC. Does it require any special hardware like SSD?
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Intel SRT vs Superfetch

I'm about to retire my old computer, and replace it with a new Sandy Bridge build. I pretty much settled for a Z68 motherboard, but I couldn't decide if I will get solid-state drive (for use with ...
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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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(solved) Mysterious and frequent activity on secondary disk, event when offline in Disk Management

Update (solved) The sound was coming from my speakers, that's all there is to it. While I go to cringe in a small hole for a few weeks I'd like to thank (and beg forgiveness from) everybody who took ...
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Should I use a SSD or HDD for “swap” on an old computer

Introduction Let's imagine some environment where the speed is not a factor. In my case I am using a really old computer for a "server" with a lot of stupid things ( personal lab ). It is more ...
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Will an SSD speed up an Atom-based netbook?

I have an Asus EEE PC 1000H, which I bought for its light weight and great battery life. However, it is painfully slow. Judging by the constant flickering of the HDD light, disk I/O looks like a ...
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Virtual Memory and SSD

While studying for the A+ Exam I was reading about SSD's and I thought to myself that if you had a mobo with a low RAM limit you could use a dedicated SSD purely for Virtual RAM. I looked up some ...
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Should I enable or disable Prefetch/Superfetch with my new SSD?

I recently got a new Samsung SSD. It comes with software called "Samsung Magician". Basically it lets you configure things with your new SSD. I'm really confused about Prefetch/Superfetch though. ...
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Check if my SSD in runing on AHCI mode inside Windows 7

How can I check to see if my SSD is running in AHCI mode? Do I need to install some special driver for that? Looking for some AHCI indication: I'm using Windows 7.
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Can SSD raid be faster than ramdisk?

So a typical ssd will have a read speed of 250 - 500 mb / second. And a ram will have about 10x than that. My question is: Can 4 ssds with raid-0 be faster than a single ram memory block for some ...
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SSD for Visual studio : Intel X25-m G2 or OCZ Vertex

looking for laptop upgrade, and thinking about SSD drive. Laptop would be Dell Studio XPS with T9400 as i can get one for a very good price. So i was thinking about replacing the built in 500 GB hdd ...
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Using Linux, should I place commonly-used files on an SSD? [closed]

My home machine is using Linux, with a regular HD and an SSD. I want to get the most performance out of my system, by placing commonly-read files on the SSD. After running some diagnostics, I found ...
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One SSD + two HDD in RAID 1: SSD performance hit?

My SSD based system is starting to feel slow and sluggish, but it used to be lightning fast. I tried to cleanup as much as I could, removed programs from startup, etc. However, one big change I did ...
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What do I need to do to install Windows onto my new SSD?

I am in the process of building a new computer, and while I'm still waiting on the important parts of the computer, like the CPU and the Motherboard, my 120 GB Solid State drive has arrived, and I ...
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One large or two smaller SSDs?

I'm looking at getting a Crucial M225 SSD. Now the question that's on my mind, is is it worth RAIDing these things? In fact are there any RAID downsides particular to SSDs that you don't see with ...
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SSD cache to minimize HDD spin-up time?

short version first: I'm looking for Linux compatible software which is able to transparently cache HDD writes using an SSD. However, I only want to spin up the HDD once or twice a day (to write the ...
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Which partitions in a windows system should be placed on a SSD for optimum gaming performance?

I'm going to build my next gaming system. I do not care for the load time of Windows 7. It could take 15 mins, I'd just do something else meanwhile. So I'm thinking I put the SSD disc only for my ...
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Is it ok to use Bittorrent on solid state drives (SSD)?

I heard it's not recommended because of all the writing on the drive? (My friend wants to know)
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External SSD vs. Internal standard HD for speed?

I am using a laptop for gaming because I am not able to build a desktop currently. I was thinking about getting an external SSD for the speed, but I was wondering if it would be worth it, as I am not ...
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Hard drive has this tendency to just shut off

I have this 'new' Dell work laptop for less than a month now. Something happened today that happened once on this laptop just recently before and also rarely on other computers that I've used. I was ...
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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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What specs to consider when buying SSD?

When I bought "traditional" hard drives, I have been told to consider specs like RPM (5400, 7200, etc.), buffer size (16MB, 32MB etc.), and interface (IDE, SATA, etc.). (did I miss something?) What ...
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Move Windows 7 Hibernation file

I have an Acer Ultrabook. It came with a 20GB SSD and a 320GB, the hibernation file resides on the 20GB SSD. My old laptop had a 128GB SSD that I installed in to this ultrabook. To migrate ...
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My hard drive doesn't show up on my computer after I have installed windows 7

I have just installed windows 7 on my computer and on the install I was able to choose my two hard drives both my samsung and my ssd , I choosed my samsung and it installed without errors. But now ...
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Is it safe to disable cache flushing on a SSD with “power loss protection”?

I have an Intel 320 SSD which is supposedly able to flush its cache during a power loss. From Storage Review: Rarely seen in a consumer SSD, Intel uses an array of capacitors to make sure data ...
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TrueCrypt full disk encryption on the Intel 520 Series SSD

I am considering purchasing the Origin PC EON 11-S Pro laptop. It will be mounted to my wheelchair, so a solid-state drive (Intel 520 Series) will be used to eliminate any data loss due to low level ...
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Troubleshooting slow SSD

I have a Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120GB SSD (http://www.mushkin.com/Digital-Storage/SSDs/MKNSSDCR120GB.aspx). Its performance is rated as: Capacity: 120GB Read Speed: up to 550MB/sec ...
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Is it worth to buy an external USB SSD drive for my laptop to increase performance?

I'm a programmer, and I use Eclipse for Java development. Recently I've installed an internal (SATA) SSD drive on my home machine, transferred Eclipse installation and project to it and noticed a ...
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Is running a Windows 7 VM on an SSD a bad idea?

I'm using VirtualBox to run a 64-bit Windows 7 VM, with the guest drive being on an SSD for speed. Host OS is also 64-bit Windows 7. I know Windows 7 automagically tweaks some settings if it detects ...
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Do Solid State Disks (SSDs) have a buffer cache?

All HDDs that I know have at least 8MB or more of buffer cache (I know that it is for increasing read and write performance on Disk Drivers). However, I'm just curious: Do SSDs have any buffer/cache ...