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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Asus ux31e zenbook SSD non-standard / cant upgrade hdd?

I bought a ux31e asus zenbook, and the drive crashed last week. I just cancelled an mSata ssd order because I fear asus has used a non standard ssd!!! what a bunch of crooks, ive lost all my respect ...
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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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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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Adding a SATA 6 Gbit/s PCI Express controller card?

If I add a SATA 6 Gbit/s PCI Express card to my motherboard, will I get similar speed to native SATA ports built into the motherboard? I ask because I have a SATA 6 Gbit/s SSD and my motherboard ...
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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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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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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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How to append data in a file by dd?

I want to append new data in a file stored in SSD. dd if=/dev/shm/test of=/data/sdb/test bs=1G oflag=append But df -h shows the dd command always overwrite the test file, instead appends new data ...
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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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Does RAID 0 (striping) with two SSD hard disk make any sense?

I have a notebook (Dell M6500, 16GB Ram, I7-940M) with RAID controller (hardware raid controller). At the moment I have two SATA HDDs in RAID 0 (stripe) for best performance. I want to buy SSDs ...
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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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I cloned my SSD to a HDD, but Windows still thinks its solid state

I just finished cloning my 120 Gb solid state drive to a 2Tb HDD using the linux dd utility. Windows seems to think the new HDD is a solid state drive, and it's running very slowly. Is there a way ...
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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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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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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 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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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 ...
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Will running virtual machines from a hybrid SSD see a significant speed increase?

I have virtual machines running off an external 7200rpm hard drive connected to a laptop with eSATA. I'd like to upgrade the drive to an SSD but can't afford one at the size I need. Would using a ...
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What are the differences between MLC and SLC SSD drives?

SLC SSD drives cost a lot more than MLC SSD drives. Are there actual differences besides cost?
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Cannot boot Windows 8.1 after migrating to Samsung SSD using supplied software

I got a brand new Samsung 840 SSD. It came with "Data Migration" software from Samsung. I am running Windows 8.1. Here are my steps exactly: Installed new SSD into secondary bay (Disk 0: HDD, ...
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Where can I download a copy of Windows 8 (64 Bit) to use with my previously purchased activation key? [closed]

I just bought an HP ultrabook running Windows 8 with no installation media. I also bought an SSD hard drive. My plan was to install windows 8 on the SSD I purchased. Without any installation media ...
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SSD without TRIM support under Linux - current state?

There are not SSDs with TRIM support available in my region that fit into my laptop (1.8", IDE, ZIF). I'm running Ubuntu 10.10. Most articles (or questions on superuser) I've come across concering ...
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SSD in external USB 3.0 closure not recognized as SSD

I've brought an SSD and external closure that supports UASP and USB 3.0. The drive is recognized and the speed is ok. But the drive is recognized as normal hard drive by Windows (8.1). I.e. when I ...
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Why is HDD in a DVD-ROM slot slower on Lenovo 3000 laptop?

So I'm about to upgrade my laptop (Lenovo 3000 N100, 0768-49G), got my SATA HDD caddy for the DVD-ROM slot, but whenever I'm putting an HDD or SSD into it, the read speed falls to only 30 MByte/s, ...
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Does Having Computer Running Idle Impact Solid-State Drive's Life Expectancy?

As long as computer is operating, OS constantly performs small writes to storage medium. This is what I have not paid attention to earlier until I saw total writes in CrystalDiskInfo, Intel Toolbox ...
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Is a MLC still slower and less reliable than a SLC SSD?

Most laptop vendors seem to supply relatively cheap MLC drives with their pre-built configurations. I know that the traditional drill is that a SLC is fast and reliable while a MLC is slower and ...
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Should I keep “Write Caching” enabled on SSD drives?

Tweaking SSD drives for less wear seems to be all the rage nowadays. On that subject is Write Caching still relevant on SSD drives? Does it make a difference if it is turned off?
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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 optimize the speed and lifetime of SSDs used in a RAID-0?

I have two SSDs in RAID-0 on a Windows 7, 64-bit system. Since it appears that TRIM still isn't supported with any RAID configuration of SSDs, what are some tips/workarounds that I can use? Some ...