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 do I determine if a hard drive will fit in my computer?

I noticed this question was asked quite a few times already in varying forms; however, I saw nothing that really answers my question... So here goes; I have an older Dell laptop that needs a new hard ...
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Optimal location of pagefile on a system with two SSDs, with system drive faster than secondary drive

My laptop has three disk drives, two of which are SSDs. The system drive is a 512 GB Samsung SSD 850 PRO, while the other SSD is a 64 GB Plextor M5M. Needless to say, the M5M is significantly slower ...
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Windows 7 and Windows XP on an SSD+HDD setup?

I'm about to build a new gaming PC for the first time in seven years, and I'm a bit rusty, so I thought I'd ask the community here some advice on the OS side of things before committing some cardinal ...
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SSD: “The volume is too fragmented to complete this operation”

I am currently configuring a Thinkpad E540, having inserted a 256 GB M.2 SSD into the corresponding slot, in order to run Windows 8 from the SSD instead of using the preconfigured 16 GB SSD as a cache ...
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Cannot boot windows 8 from SSD

part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/k7z2Bm My SSD is listed in the windows 8 installation setup when I attempt to install (although the 3TB spinner seems to have 2 unallocated sectors for some ...
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How can I check my SSD without any OS installed?

I have a laptop with no OS installed, I try to install Ubuntu but it seems to found an error and it can't be installed. I have make some other checks without errors, and now I want to check the SSD. ...
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Simultaneous failure of 8x SSD's in raid 10

My friend keeps arguing with me about putting SSD’s in raid vs HDD, I need to settle this. What are the odds of all the SSD’s failing vs HDD”s at once assuming they are from the same assembly line and ...
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All USB Ports Stopped Working

This is a desktop question using Win7x64 OS. I was doing a gfx (AMD) driver update after using the AMD Catalyst Install Manager to uninstall when asked to restart doing so all the usb ports stopped ...
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What can I do when my UPS overloads?

I've got a sweex 650VA and the following hardware: i7 3770k 32 GB Ram z77 Extreme 4 MSI nVidia GTX 980 2 HDD 5.25 3 SSD 1 DVD RW All supported by a 700 W power unit. When I use particularly ...
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new SSD BOOTMGR is Missing

I got a new Crucial M4 128 GB Sata 3 solid state drive that i cloned my OS on to. I have a laptop with two 500 GB drives, one holding the OS and one holding data. I swap the os drive with the SSD and ...
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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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What is the theory behind securely delete files on a SSD?

Assume that I have a file which I want to securely delete in a ssd. If I do a regular detele and then fill all unused space with a random data file, would this works?
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How do I encrypt a Samsung Evo 840 SSD?

I've purchased a HP Envy 15-j005ea laptop which I have upgraded to Windows 8.1 Pro. I have also removed the HDD and replaced it with a 1TB Samsung Evo 840 SSD. I now wish to encrypt the drive to ...
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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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How to securely delete files stored on a SSD?

From a (very long, but definitely worth to read) article on SSDs: When you delete a file in your OS, there is no reaction from either a hard drive or SSD. It isn’t until you overwrite the sector ...
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Enable TRIM on FreeBSD 9 Install

I recently upgraded all of the parts in my FreeBSD 9 server. I purchased an SSD to run as a the root drive - I'd like to enable TRIM on it but the only documentation I can find on it is that it can ...
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How to shrink volume on an SSD? [duplicate]

How do I shrink an SSD partition? When I try to shrink the volume, the "available amount of space to shrink" is zero. I did a disk defragmentation (I know it's bad), but it still comes up with zero. ...
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Best media for long-term backup without access : USB key vs DVD vs SD card vs HDD vs SSD vs …?

Consider that one want to keep a backup of some data by placing a media in a secret place (under earth, in a rock, in a wall...). What would be the best media with the best long term data stability ...
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Free way to clone HDD to SSD?

Is there a free way to clone a full Windows 7 installation from HDD to SSD? (The free part is important, I know I can pay for Acronis True Image.) SSDs are usually much smaller than HDDs which ...
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best way to clone HDD to SSD Window 7 [duplicate]

This is really similar to this question but some of the methods did not work for me. For example Clonezilla and GParted is not booting from my USB device (created with YUMI). I was following this ...
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new ssd boot failure

I recently bought a samsung evo 840 ssd and installed it in my asus n750jv in the free hd slot. So i have now two HD in my pc. I still have my original drive in it with my old os installed on it, ...
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Why not use SSD space as RAM?

I am new to the hardware side of things. I run a few machines which have 400GB+ SSD's and 32GB RAM. I have been thinking about going up to 64GB RAM, however, I was thinking, since SSD's are ...
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The value of running CheckDisk on an SSD?

One of the things I commonly do on platter based HDD is run the chkdsk /f/r command while fixing computers. This made me think—as I am learning the do’s and don’ts of SSD drives; I recently got my ...
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OmniCppComplete vim plugin and SSD on Ubuntu

I want to develop some GTK+ stuff in C and I was in need of using some plugin for completions. I have personal reasons why I don't want to use YouCompleteMe plugin. I configured OmniCppComplete ...
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Can't access laptop BIOS when SSD is plugged in

I've been struggling with this for a couple hours now. I recently bought a new SSD to replace the HDD that came with my laptop (Lenovo S510p Touch). I wanted a fresh install so I connected the SSD to ...
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How do I choose an SSD drive that does not require TRIM support?

Apple has decided to implement kext-signing in core services on startup (as of Yosemite and for the unknown future?). This creates issues for SSDs that require TRIM support for optimal function and ...
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Creative solutions to work around kext signing issue in Yosemite? [closed]

Unfortunately Apple has decided to create kext signing in Yosemite that creates issues for SSDs that require Trim support for optimal function and longevity. Whether this is vendor lock in or ...
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Installing Freenas on an SSD

Just wondering if anyone here has installed Freenas on an SSD. I know its meant to be on a USB pen drive. But Ive got a spare 64Gb SSD that I can install Freenas on and id like may be other stuff to ...
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Undo redirecting user profile using junction

Custom built: Windows 7, 64-bit, SSD for OS, 6TB HDD. My SSD is for OS and main programs only. So far, I haven't had much trouble installing or moving additional software and files to the HDD. I ...
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Can I setup two RAID arrays on a single intel z97 controller?

Let me preface this by saying that I have never setup a RAID array myself, other than by using software RAID 0 in Windows for a set of storage drives. I purchased a new ASUS Maximus VII Hero ...
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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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Does AHCI actually boost performance for SSD drives? [closed]

I've seen claims online above AHCI going all across the board: "ACHI offers a speed improvement over IDE" (source) "AHCI will allow you to hit ~500 MBps read/write and IDE mode will limit you to ...
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SSD stays inactive during startup/shutdown

This morning I upgraded my laptop replacing the old 5400 rpm hdd with a new SSD (Kingston v300 480gb). Performance look good, both on benchmarks (crystal disk mark) than on personal feel. I'm ...
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Linux file system divided between SSD and HDD [closed]

In order to achieve better price/performance ratio, I plan to divide my file system (Ubuntu 14.04) between SSD and HDD. Things that are "read mostly" (i.e. most of OS stuff) - should reside on SSD. ...
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Is over provisioning on SSD just another partition or unreserved space and can it be alongside a dual boot partition OS setup?

I have a few machines I'd want to dual boot different OSs with but also maximise the lifetime of the SSD fitted to them. I am aware that over-provisioning can help maximise the life of the SSD as it ...
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Replacing DVD with an SSD in an HP Pavilion-dv6 laptop?

I have a laptop HP Pavilion dv6-1149wm Entertainment PC, I'd like to replace the DVD writer, with an SSD, but I am wondering which adapter can fit, is this CADDY Adapter relevant for this?
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Are 3.5 inch SSD drives available? Why so many 2.5inch versions?

I want an SSD SATAIII because to me it represents the best combination of quietest & fastest. But there doesn't seem to be much choice relative to 2.5" variants or non-SSD 3.5". I feel like ...
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How do I install a solid state hard drive?

I have an older Dell laptop (Inspiron 1000 authentication is dated 2004). I would love to be able to repair it by putting in - external would be fine also - a solid state hard drive (the original HDD ...
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Which SATA port to use for Intel SSD with Dell Optiplex 990?

I just bought an Intel 520 Series SSD and I have 4 SATA ports on my Dell Optiplex 990. SATA0 - dark blue, SATA1 - black and SATA2 and SATA3 - white. On the datasheet of Dell Optiplex 990 I can not see ...
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Can I add more RAM to make my Samsung N-145 plus Netbook faster? [closed]

Samsung N145 Plus. Intel Atom CPU N455@ 1.66 GHz. Win 7 Starter 32 Bit OS. I like this Netbook, but it is somewhat slow. I have already added a 2 GB RAM stick in place of the 1 GB that came with it. ...
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Bad SATA cable suddenly? (MacBook Pro mid 2012)

OS X 10.9.2 Story SSD crashed due to kernel panic (Crucial M4). Data was still on it when I plugged it in via USB. Wiped and tried to reinstall via Time Machine, extremely slow transfer rate (est. ...
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Install Windows 8 on a laptop with 20GB SSD?

I bought an Acer S3-391-6406 Ultrabook that's still being shipped to my house and I want to know the best way to optimize Windows 8 for it. Every laptop I own, I like to immediately wipe Windows with ...
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fstrim trimming a lot of bytes, don't think I did that much deletion

Recently I install a SSD on my Linux Mint 17.1 system. I configured the common things like io scheduler to be noop, mount /tmp and /var/log over tmpf, running fstrim for both root and home partitions ...
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Could not open a scratch file because the file is locked

Photoshop CS6 gives me the following error: Could not open a scratch file because the file is locked my setup has 128gb ssd (C) which contains only my OS files with some junction points to ...
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What if I checked the box “Compress this drive to save disk space” on an SSD?

I was wondering how it would effect an SSD if this was checked: I was just curious whether it would save my SSD disk space?
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Windows installation on SSD with low storage

I have a hybrid HDD which has 16GB as SSD. I would like to install windows and I am confused how to install windows on my SSD with low storage. How does SSD work if I install windows on main hard ...
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After much repair, computer won't give me the option to choose which drive to boot from [duplicate]

Background (Quick description of how I got to my current situation) Over the past few days I've been having boot issues (my fault) -- I installed Windows 7 on a new SSD I purchased, and it was great ...
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SSD is recognized by linux liveUSB but not by Windows on Asus G73JW laptop

I have an Asus G73JW laptop, which has two hard drive slots. In the first slot, I have a HDD containing Windows 7. In the second slot, I just inserted an SSD (OCZ Vertex 4) with linux formatting that ...
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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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Hybrid drive in ASUS K551LN laptop - only AHCI mode in SATA Mode Selection in BIOS

I recently bought ASUS K551LN laptop with hybrid drive in it (didn't ask for it, it just happened that this model came with it). As SSD partition is only 24Gb which is not enough to install OS onto it ...