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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SSD not booting on an HP Pavilion HPE-H9 running Windows 7

I’m on Windows 7 and my PC is an HP Pavilion HPE-H9 and I just recently got a 500GB Samsung SSD. I used the data migration tool that comes with the CD to copy my data over onto the SSD. I got into my ...
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How to switch from SSD to HD in Windows 8.1?

I'm on the verge of giving up on this. I thought I would pose the question since I haven't found any answers and some other poor soul might run into a similar challenge. How do you configure Windows ...
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Which partition manager to use for dual-boot Windows, Linux on SSD? [on hold]

I have Windows 8.1 and Linux Mint dual boot (Grub) on an SSD disk. I want to resize Windows partition to take less space and give it to Linux. I don't want to mess up my computer, so I wanted to ask ...
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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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Does a faster hard drive put more strain on the CPU?

I have been using an SSD on my old Thinkpad T60. My common sense tells me that fixing one bottleneck creates a new one. ?? If I put a 7500 or a 5200 in, it will slow things down, but will it also ...
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Leveraging Raid 0 with SDD and Traditional Hard Drive

I am considering rebuilding my Ubuntu 14.04 setup and have a system with the OS currently on a 256 GB SSD and 2x 1TB HDD. I was looking at setting up a Raid 0 or stripe with the SSD and one of the 1 ...
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How do I know if my MacBook Pro supports SATA III?

I have a MacBook Pro that I bought around 2011. How do I know what level of SATA the internal hard drive interface supports? This is the About This Mac: And this is what the SATA section of the ...
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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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How do I reinstall Windows 8.1 with Bing to an SSD drive?

I've got a new PC which shipped with "Windows 8.1 with Bing". No installation media was supplied but there are a couple of recovery partitions. There's no F2/F12 etc. boot options during start up. ...
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Win7, 64bit. SSD 100GB of unknown used space [duplicate]

I running Windows7, 64bit. I have a Crucial 240GB that has over 100GB of unknown used space. I have done disk cleanup which gained 2 GB. I have looked at hidden system files which add up to 7 GB. ...
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Ubuntu SSD Disk gets slow

I have a new PC with a Samsung SSD830 with 256GB and installed Ubuntu 12 two weeks ago. I checked the disk alignment, but that was correct. From the first day it gets slower after a while of ...
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What does “Optimize Drives” do in Windows 8?

With Windows 8, there is an option to "optimize" a drive. This looks similar to the Defragment option of previous versions of Windows: I have an SSD and I know that SSDs shouldn't be ...
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SSD drive only only connects with one SATA to USB adapter?

I have a SSD which I thought was dead that doesn't work at home when i connect it to 2 different SATA to USB adapters. The only time it works is when I connect the SSD to a SATA to USB adapter at ...
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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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Thinkpad Edge E520 optical drive interface speed

I would like to install an SSD into my E520 using a Caddy bay. Is the optical bay's interface slower than the HDD's? Where should I install the SSD?
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My hard drive is hanging for a couple seconds at a time

I just got a new laptop (an MSI ghost). It has a 128 GB SSD and a 1 TB HDD. Everything's fine with the solid state drive, but the hard drive hangs for a couple seconds at a time. The most obvious ...
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Why doesn't OneDrive autostart or autosync?

since I first used onedrive in windows 8.1 the sync engine skydrive.exe has never autostarted with windows or autosynced. it started only after i started the onedrive app FileManager.exe and synced ...
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2100: Detection error on HDD0 black screen error lenovo thinkpad carbon x1

I am having an issue with this lenovo thinkpad carbon x1, It's about 3 months old. With normal use, It all of the sudden goes into a black screen saying 2100: Detection error on HDD0 (Main HDD) Press ...
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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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copied boot partition to ssd and windows fails to boot

I just got an ssd, my main drive has 2 partitions. The second one stores some large installed apps, but nothing should be used for bootup that I know of(there maybe a few things, not sure, but ...
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Do apps and Operating Systems constantly read/write from/to HDD?

I was debating with guys about necessity of SSD for me. I'm Salesforce Developer. My tools are Eclipse, Firefox/Chrome, Git. Eclipse does only editing files, saving them locally and sends them to ...
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Computer Shut Down / Freeze After SSD [on hold]

I recently bought a SSD and I installed Windows 7 64 bits on it. I still have a HDD in the same computer, which has a partition to Windows 7, and another partition to store data in general. I dunno ...
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Do TLC MicroSDs and SSDs need a special tuning for proper alignment?

TLC flash memory has three bits per cell, so block sizes (at various levels) are divisible by three. As a result, when you align the partition just like “use a power of two, 1GiB will be surely ...
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Access HDD just on demand

Id like to know if there is some option to access hdd just on demand. I have SSD + HDD combo in my laptop and im mainly using just the ssd drive. When im plugged in electricity I dont really care as ...
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Detect if an SSD is failing/reaching its end of life and its write count in Mac OS X

One of the laptops in my care is equipped with 256GB SSD as a main drive. The usual use is many quick-and-dirty bash scripts to pre-process data, meaning that the drive is being fairly frequently ...
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Ubuntu Lenovo boots to “PXE-E61 Media Test Failure - Check Cable” (Please help)

Thanks for opening this, I'm helpless. I have a Lenovo E545 ThinkPad running Ubuntu 14.04 off of the[Samsung 840 SSD that I installed when I bought the computer. Everything as run fine until I tried ...
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RAID 5, Read Speed and Caching [closed]

I currently have two WDC Black 4TB in Raid 1. I have a lot of large files on drives (ISOs, MSDN, etc). I was thinking about adding another drive for a RAID 5. Will increase sequential speed by ...
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14 inch vs 15.6 inch with same same resolution (1366X768)? [closed]

Is 14 inch is optimal and portable for programmer than 15.6 inch ? Is small screen give better view than large screen with same resolution ? Does 8GB ssd card comes with laptop increase performance ...
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SSD 850 Pro into Dell Inspiron 15R

I'm planning to use a second Samsung 1TB ssd instead of my actual HDD in my Dell Inspiron 15R laptop (I already got a 256gb one installed in the optical drive bay). I would go for the 850 Pro but I ...
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Crucial BX100 SSD installation in an Asus Q550LF [duplicate]

I just purchased a Crucial BX100 SSD to install in my Asus Q550LF. The system BIOS is at version 211. I made sure that the drive was compatible with my machine prior to the purchase. I installed the ...
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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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JPEG Images get corrupted on SSD drive [on hold]

Yesterday I've created a bunch of JPEG images out of my RAW files. They were exported from Adobe Lightroom and stored on my SSD drive (the same as the OS). I've visualized them with Windows Photo ...
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ext4 vs btrfs performance on SSD array

I am observing something that I cannot explain. I am trying to come up with a good filesystem configuration using HP P420i controller and SSDs. Out of curiosity I have tried BTRFS (still unstable so I ...
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HP Proliant Microserver N40L onboard VGA does not work with widescreen monitor

I have an HP Proliant Microserver (N40L with the 1.5GHz AMD dual core) at home that I have been using for a while as a source code repository and nightly build system. Being used that way didn't ...
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How to clone existing Filevault encrypted HD to SSD with a linux live cd/usb

I have a 13-inch, Mid 2012 MacBook pro which comes with a 500 GB sata hard drive. I'm running 10.9.5 Mavericks. Of the 500 GB I have about 77 GB used whereas the rest of it is free space, this drive ...
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How can I swap a HDD with Crucial BX100 SSD?

At work I have swapped HDDs for SSDs on two Toshiba satellite pros running Windows 8.1. Both were Samsung 250GB SSDs. All I had to do was create recovery disk, swap in SSD, boot from recovery drive ...
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Part of my SSD is in Windows 7 is reserved and I can’t seem to access it

I recently added a 120 GB SSD to my PC and mirrored the system on my 500GB HDD. When that happened it ended up reserving 40GB of the SSD to the system. But the system is on the other 80GB. So now I ...
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ssd cloned to hdd won't boot in USB

I'm upgrading my SSD on my Lenovo Yoga Pro 2 notebook. In order to clone the original SSD, I wanted to first clone it to an external device, then boot the computer using the external device and clone ...
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Performance of SSD w/ less RAM vs SATA w/ more RAM [closed]

Time to upgrade to a new development laptop. I'm trying to maximize performance which will include multiple virtual machines and android development. I believe there are 3 issues that will ...
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How to perform a low level disk copy? (Migrate Windows system from one disk to the other)

Currently, I have a SSD on my computer, I install my OS Windows 7 on it. Unfortunately, it's capability is too small (32GB), it gets full easily, I need to clean up files periodically, it's quite ...
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Can I disable “write-cache buffer flushing” for an Intel 730 SSD on a desktop PC

Can I disable "write-cache buffer flushing" for an Intel 730 SSD on a desktop PC without UPS? This drive has capacitors for power-loss protection - is this enough to flush the buffers when a power ...
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Can I run with a computer in my backpack?

This maybe a tad off-topic, but as it says on meta, hardware questions should be fine on Super User. I want to run home from work (~20 min of jogging) but I need to bring with me my laptop, a Macbook ...
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Where to put “VirtualBox VMs” folder and “iso” files for optimal performance

Just installed VirtualBox for the first time. The host is a Windows 7 OS machine with 8GB of RAM and i7 CPU. I bought an SSD drive (Samsung 840 EVO) specifically to have better performing VMs. My ...
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SSD, SD, eMMC, Raw NAND what are the differences?

so the underlying technology with SSD, eMMC, SD, USB Flash etc... is NAND flash correct? So is the difference between all of them just the way controllers are implemented? Or are the technologies ...
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Where can i find a bootable ssd diagnostics tool?

I have a laptop, which has a Micron 128GB SSD. I have a feeling that it is defective, but I don't know for sure. I need a bootable SSD diagnostics tool to verify this. Where can I find a bootable SSD ...
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Does using zfs with (mirrored) usb drives have any drawbacks except speed?

I'm interested in using zfs with usb drives for storage on a linux desktop machine. I already have a lot of large external drives so this will be cheaper than buying new internal drives. I might have ...
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Windows 8.1 gives the 0xc000000e error, and I'm unable to get into the command prompt

I read the threads concerning this error prior to posting this question, they seem to suggest that you run a DOS command to fix the problem; my problem is I can't boot into DOS. What am I missing? ...
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Manual TRIM Windows 7 on OCZ VERTEX 2 SATA II 2.5" SSD

I have an OCZ VERTEX 2 SATA II 2.5" SSD with Windows 7 Professional installed on it. I am pretty sure TRIM is not working because my motherboard is the Asus M2N-SLI (not the Deluxe model) which does ...
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erase broken ssd drive without voiding the warranty

My Radeon 7 SSD drive stopped working today after 2 month moderate usage. Sometimes it's not even recognized by the BIOS. Reading it on windows or using an external case is a no go. Even if it's ...
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Accidently removed HDD in sleep mode

I have a PC with 2 disks: - SSD-disk with windows 7 on it - HDD-disk with some my stuff and pagefile.sys So i shutdown pc in sleep mode and removed HDD (non-system partition with pagefile.sys) for ...