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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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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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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No Accelerate button/tab on Intel Rapid Storage window

I have an ASUS P8Z68 motherboard with a Corsair SSD as my primary boot drive. I have a TB standard hard drive as a secondary data drive. I am attempting to use an older Intel SSD as a cache on the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How can I securely format a solid-state drive?

When selling / throwing away / giving away HDDs I always use DBAN to do a DoD wipe first. Is this still a valid thing to do on an SSD? Will it have an adverse effect on the SSD's lifespan?
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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 ...
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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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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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bootmgr image is corrupt

I just replaced my hard drive with a SSD. I did a brand new install on the SSD and I received the following error after booting BOOTMGR image is corrupt. The system cannot boot. A little ...
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What should I install on each disk? SSD vs HDD

I bought a SSD for my gaming machine, and I'm wondering how should I separate my data. I know SDDs are known for failing somehow fast, and I'd like to make it last as long as possible. Should I ...
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Does Secure Empty Trash work on Mac w SSD?

Given that an SSD does wear leveling, does the Secure Empty Trash on the menu in MacOSX really work? Is something special being done force overwrites to the same physical block of flash and bypass ...
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Does full Volume encryption put an SSD into a fully used state?

SSDs, particularly of the common MLC variety, have a limited number of writes before the memory cells wear out. Through the use of wear leveling algorithms this is effectively worked around so that ...
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Upgrade to SSD drive

I would like to upgrade my laptop's (Dell M70) hard drive to an SSD, such as the Intel X25-M MLC SSD or a Dell 128 GB Serial ATA SSD. Do SSDs require any special hardware to work properly, or is ...
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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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Is my OCZ SSD aligned correctly?

I have an OCZ Agility 2 SSD with 40 GB of space. I use it as a system drive in Debian Linux ("Squeeze") and in my opinion it's really fast. I've read a lot on aligning partitions and file systems, and ...
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Performance gains from secure-erasing an SSD?

Are there performance gains to be had by secure-erasing an SSD? (the secure-erase function, not securely zero'ing out data) I'm using an Intel 320 SSD 160GB as my main OS drive. It's been a couple ...
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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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How much free space should I leave on an SSD drive?

Is 8% "ok", or will I feel a performance degradation? I'm not sure what the specific model is right now, but can find out if needed.
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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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Can I change the path and directory of the “hiberfil.sys” on Windows 8 due to reduce my C:\ disk usage? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to change location of hibernation file in Windows 7? I have a SSD with 32GB and a HDD with 500GB on my notebook and after 3 months using Windows 8 it startd to ...
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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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What are my SSD options today for an older (3 years) laptop? [closed]

I've got an older laptop, and I figure once 7 hits RTM (~october) I'll be doing the upgrade dance. I figure since I'll be wiping my disk, it would be a good time to take the SSD jump as well. I've ...
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Clone hard drive to another, smaller hard drive [duplicate]

Is there a good tool/program that allows me to clone a system drive to another, smaller hard drive? I've bought a new 64GB SSD drive and would like to move my current Windows 7 Professional 64-bit ...
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How to treat a new SSD--optimizations and longevity

I was hoping to compile a list of tips/tricks for optimizing and extending the life of SSDs. I just purchased my first SSD and put it in my laptop, and will soon be installing a pair into my desktop ...
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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 Disk that recommands Win7 instead of XP : what is the deal? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do SSD disks do not last as long with Windows XP as with other OS? I've changed my hard drive to a SSD. The notice tells me that I should upgrade to Win7. What is the ...
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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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ExpressCache vs. Intel's Rapid Storage and Smart Response Technologies

What is the difference between Samsung's ExpressCache Technology and Intel's Rapid Storage Technology? From the very little I understand about computer hardware, it seems that they both use a small ...
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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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Can I leave SSD unsecured?

I just bought a Samsung SSD 830 series for my desktop, but forget to buy a mount for it. Is it ok if I leave it connected, but not screwed in? Do I have to worry about short circuiting or any other ...
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Moving Windows 7 to an SSD

I've done some research and the most common answer seems to be to just reinstall Windows, but I really want to avoid that. I'm attempting to move my Win7 install, including applications, documents, ...
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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 RAID 5 or 10? [closed]

I have a few extra SSD drives (I know its rare but this has actually happened). I figured since I have almost 500 GB in SSD's I might as well replace all of my standard HDD's with them. I currently ...
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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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SSD Garbage Collection OS X

Does the SandForce controller have garbage collection and does it work with the HFS+ filesystem? Does garbage collection have a significant effect on new SSD controllers on OS's without TRIM ...
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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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10,000 RPM HDD (WD VelociRaptor) vs SSD for OS?

I currently have a 10,00RPM 150GB Raptor that I use for Vista. I'm about to upgrade to Windows 7, and while doing that I thought I'd buy another drive and install Ubuntu 9.10 on it. I don't want to ...
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Are these unrepairable SSD errors indicative of a SSD hardware error?

Some time ago I got an Apple authorised reseller to replace the SSD in my early-2011 model MBP with a Samsung 512GB 840-series disk. About three months later, booting failed with this error: Please ...
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Would an array of SSD drives be able to succesfully substitute the system memory?

I watched a few videos trying to answer this. This video (youtube.com/watch?v=eULFf6F5Ri8) shows a bunch of guys stacking 24 SSD's reaching a peak of around 2GBps r/w. That's under the limit of the ...
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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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SSD AES-256 hardware encryption - how to configure?

Recently, I bought Plextor M5 Pro with hardware full-disk AES-256 encryption. Installed it in my laptop, where I have no HDD BIOS password set. From what I read around it seems that the encryption is ...
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Planning on a SSD, bought Mountain Lion. What should I do?

I own a MBP 13" mid 2009 running Snow Leopard. Now, I just bought Mountain Lion and haven't installed it yet. I am planning to get a new SSD to replace my optical drive. Here's the process that I ...
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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 ...