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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How to identify what type of SATA drive my laptop can take?

I have a 2011ish MacBook Pro. I want to upgrade its hard drive, but I am having trouble identifying: What would be compatible my laptop. For instance, this SSD is SATA III. How do I find out if my ...
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Expresscache doesn't show information or statistics

After installing Expresscache from scratch on a Samsung Series 5 Ultra (NP530U3C), I ran eccmd -partition 1 (as drive 1 is the ssd) and I can confirm that there is a new partition created. However ...
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Windows 8 Install SSD Issues

I'm having an annoying problem regarding installing Windows 8 on my SSD. I have a 40gb ssd (Corsair F40) which I'm trying to install Windows 8 on by using a flash drive. When running setup, the ssd is ...
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Can super glue be used to attach an SSD to a metal holder? [closed]

I bought an SSD, and it doesn't fit as my computer has a 3.5-inch hard disk drive. Can I use superglue to attach it to the metal hard disk drive holder or should I buy and adapter and wait?
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Is there any precautions I should take when using an ssd instead of an hdd?

The only thing I'm aware of so far is that you shouldn't defrag a solid state drive or that ruins the life expectancy of it. Is there anything else? What about 3rd party programs like ccleaner. I have ...
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does Windows reduce the life of SSDs? [on hold]

I read that SSD's cells last between 5,000 and 10,000 writes. Windows tends to create and overwrite files frequently as it operates, not counting the user-specified activities. would his constant ...
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Do programs on an SSD load faster?

I'm buying a SSD tomorrow. I want to move Windows onto the SSD and I'm wondering, should I just put the OS on the ssd and all my programs and personal stuff on a hdd? Or put everything on the SSD? ...
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How to copy bootable SSD (multiple partitions) to HDD and then to a new SSD?

My 15" late 2013 Retina MBP has a bootable 1TB SSD. I want to back it up to a 1.5TB HDD and then restore it to a (potentially) new bootable 1TB SSD at a later date. Sorry if this has been asked ...
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Macbook restarts when closing lid

Recently I built an SSD (128GB Samsung 470) into a late 2007 Macbook, and swapped the old HDD with the Superdrive, I used Carbon Copy Cloner to transfer the system, Desktop, Applications, Library and ...
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Long-term media failure rates

I am keen to know the long-term annual failure rates of hard-drive,flash, optical media, and tape. I have seen BackBlaze's study and Google's work on this which showed hard drives having approximately ...
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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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System freeze after new SSD Crucial MX100 256GB

My system freezes within a minute after login after I new SSD Crucial M100 256GB. My freeze I mean the system gets not responsive and the Task Manager show Active Time 100% but read and write speeds ...
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how to manage SSD / HDD links with Crashplan

I'm using Crashplan on my Mac, with a SSD OS drive, and internal HDD for data (Documents folder). I made a symbolic link from the SDD to HDD for the documents folder, which works fine for things like ...
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Make a programming PC: i7 4770R, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD [on hold]

My programming PC's gotten old and I am considering getting a new POWERFUL one. I want the i7 4770R processor (it's got the Iris pro graphics, the 4770K does not). I want to avoid a dedicated ...
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Thinkpad hotswap second ssd

I have a Thinkpad T520 with 2 SSDs. One is installed in the internal bay and the other in a hdd caddy. Sometimes I Want to use the DVD drive. Would it be safe to swap the 2nd SSD with the DVD drive ...
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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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Installing ssd in 27 inch 2011 iMac

I want to replace my SSD with the HDD inside my iMac and then move the HDD to the optical drive. Is this possible? I have read that I can install my SSD where the optical drive is, but I'm wondering ...
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Windows 8 - Intel Rapid Storage Technology No Accelerate Tab - Move EFI Recovery Partition to HDD

i have followed few posts in here regarding no accelerate tab in Intel Rapid Storage Technology application, and i am having similar issue. when i installed windows-8, the recovery and efi partitions ...
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Linux BFQ Scheduler with SSD

In the past I had always been advised by resources that I can get a performance boost when using SSDs by switching from the default Linux scheduler CFQ to one such as deadline or noop. Today after a ...
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As SSDs get faster and Level 2 caches get bigger, could RAM become redundant?

If Solid State Drives become sufficiently fast that they aren't that much slower than RAM, and Level-2 caches get larger; is it possible to build a PC that doesn't have any RAM at all? What would the ...
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Are USB thumb drives as vulnerable to memory loss and failure as HDD?

Are USB thumb drives as vulnerable to memory loss and failure as HDD? Ase they Solid State devices? What is their technology?
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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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Force Windows 7 to unload items from memory (not Superfetch)

The question is how to force Windows 7 to REMOVE items from my RAM when they are no longer in use. Because this question is met with 100% resistance I'm going to clarify this once... This question ...
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Is it better to use Bitlocker or the built-in-drive-encryption that my ssd offers?

System: Intel i7 4790 ( has AES-NI function ) ASUS Z97-PRO mobo Samsung 250GB EVO ssd ( with built in encryption option ) Windows 7 x64 If i just want to encypt my boot drive with AES256 or ...
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PC with SSD VERY Slow after Power Outage

I am on a HP Pavilion PC with a SSD drive for the main/OS drive, and runnning windows 7. Typically a book takes < 15 seconds from power on to login to arriving at desktop. After a power outage / ...
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Install Windows 8.1, Ubuntu with dual boot, + SSD caching system for both of them

So i have a 500GB Hard drive, and a 32GB SSD drive. (Dell Inspiron 14Z-5423) When i first received my computer, it was fast on booting (14sec), and then i tried to install Ubuntu and i messed up, and ...
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Native Boot differencing VHD with parent from different volume

Is there a way how to boot Windows 7 from a differencing VHD which is located on different drive than its parent VHD? Here is appropriate part of output of bcdedit command: Windows Boot Loader ...
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How does SSD wear-leveling work on software-encrypted drives?

I'm using LUKS/dmcrypt to encrypt my SSD boot drive. How does wear-leveling and effective garbage collection/TRIM work on encrypted SSD partitions?
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How can I efficiently transfer a large file using a smaller external disk?

I need to transfer a large (multi-terabyte) file from one Linux computer to another. I have a 1TB external SSD drive that seems like it's the fastest way in terms of bandwidth. My best guess right now ...
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Windows 7 User profiles not functioning after SSD > HDD move

Windows 7 x64 Home P. OEM I decided to move my Users and ProgramData folders onto my secondary disk to save SSD space. I booted into "repair" mode on the windows DVD. Both drives are NTFS. The drives ...
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Using Intel Smart Response Technology (IRST) with Linux only?

I have an existing Fedora 20 installation and would like to use my newly bought 64GB SSD for acceleration purposes. Since I have a mainboard that supports Intel SRT, and RST with that, I was ...
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Does it make sense to install a SATA3 SSD in a notebook with SATA2?

I have a notebook with SATA2 interface. Most of the SSD drives have SATA3 and performance about 500 MBps (while SATA2 handles up to 300 MBps). Does it mean it makes little sense to install an SSD ...
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Bitlocker Performance Impact on SSD

I've put a brand new SSD into my work computer and my IT department wants me to use BitLocker. I read one of the other threads on BitLocker performance on standard harddrives, but I was wondering - ...
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Samsung Magician doesn't detect SSD when set to AHCI mode

I just installed a Samsung 840 Pro SSD in my box, NOT as the system drive, but just as a regular HD. I have a Gigabyte board[*] with 6 SATA ports in an Intel controller and 2 additional ones in a ...
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Boot Hp Pavilion from SSD

I just bought a brand new Pavilion 17-F050ND. I changed the dvd drive for an SSD. I cloned the HHD to the SSD. Now I want to use my SSD as a startup drive. Have tried various boot settings. But at the ...
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Windows 8.1 file explorer is Super slow

I have a newish ( a couple of months old) laptop. i7 4700mq gtx765 8gb ram I'm using an ssd boot dirve and a HDD for storage. The computer has absolutely no problems running programs but it is very ...
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Downgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 7 goes subtly wrong, only boots with assistance of bootable USB

Here's the background: I'm setting up a laptop for a new employee. It's a Samsung NP530U3CA0JSE, a 5 series Ultrabook. Employees find Win8 unusable, but unfortunately these things come preinstalled ...
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Computer shuts down after a few minutes

So I spent all day yesterday trying to figure out what was wrong with my computer. The specs look something like this (before replacing the board): Z77 MSI M Power Samsung 840 Evo SSD 16gb Ram (2 ...
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Salvaging a failing SSD

I have an old 512GB Crucial M4 that failed on me (~300 bad sectors in accessible space w/ repeatable read errors, reallocation failures and significant data loss). Presumably all the mandatory OP ...
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SSD not shown in My Computer

I have a 24GB SSD, and isn't being shown in My Computer. I looked it up in Disk Management and found it, but it says the SSD is a primary partition. I tried to format it but there is only "Help" on ...
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internal mechanical drive vs external SSD

I recently got into a debate about about what would provide the best performance for booting an operating system, from an internal mechanical disk vs an mSATA enclosure attached with USB 3.0. His ...
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Installing windows 7 on a new Samsung 840 EVO SSD

I was replacing a broken HDD with a Samsung 840 EVO SSD. The instructions were all images as if it was a piece of furniture, with no instructions for a blank install, so obviously something went ...
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2nd HDD not showing up in “My Computer”. Using SSD as main drive

I just set up my new computer. Built it from scratch. This is my second machine I built so it's not a hobby I'm very proficient at yet. I have a 60gb SSD and a 1.5 TB HD In bios I set up my SSD ...
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windows 7 sleep/hibernate issues with ssd

I have a 2 pc with ssd as system disks both with windows7. First pc has vertex ssd drive and it has issues with hiber-sleep mode: windows started from scratch after hibernate sleep and don't pickup ...
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SSD connected through usb3 / sata

Is there performance difference for ssd drive connected through usb3 or sata? Im need to use ssd as external drive (usb3) and like to know if there is some performance overhead using adapter... ...
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Unstable since I moved my user file from C: drive (SSD) using a junction

I used this method: http://www.starkeith.net/coredump/2009/05/18/how-to-move-your-windows-user-profile-to-another-drive/ to move my user file from my SSD C: drive to another disk in my computer. ...
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Dell XPS - can I put windows on an SSD?

I'm looking at buying this for my son to do gaming: http://www.dell.com/uk/p/xps-8700/pd?oc=cdx8743&model_id=xps-8700 But it will really need an SSD drive and extra memory. I can save a few ...
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Cloning my 1 TB HD to my 250 GB SSD

I have bought the Samsung 840 EVO SSD of 250 GB. I have put the SSD in my laptop in stead of my DVD player using a HHD Caddy. Now the samsung SSD comes with a data migration tool. Have numerous times ...
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Attach SSD next to the RAID

I have an IBMX3200M3 with a 4 HDD in RAID1 and now I trying to attach an extra SSD just to a SATA port on motherboard... After system fails to boot up from the RAID and anything and i finish up to ...
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hdparm does not report a Security section

I have a Kingspec PATA SSD that I want to erase the data on using secure_erase, but any attempts to use hdparm results in an Input/output error. # hdparm --security-erase NULL /dev/sda ...