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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Kingston SSD firmware update via USB?

I have a system with a Kingston SSD that needs to be updated to the latest firmware. The system does not have an optical drive. Is there a way to install the firware update via USB, or am I going to ...
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Why do SSDs have weird sizes?

Why do SSDs have sizes like 240 GB or 120 GB rather than the normal 256 GB or 512 GB? Those numbers make much more sense than 240 or 120.
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How do I check the health of my Samsung SSD?

I've got a Samsung SSD on Windows that's giving CHKDSK errors. How do I check the health?
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Youtube is stuttering in chrome on a brand new computer

So I just hooked up a brand new rig with an Asus P9X79 WS board, an i7-4820k chip, 16GB of G.Skill TridentX RAM, Evga GTX 650(soon to be upgraded in the future), and I've got one 1TB HDD with 500GB ...
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My PC suddenly doesn't detect the primary drive (SSD)

My computer has been working fine for months, and it worked today, but tonight I went to start it up to find that my OCZ Vertex 2 isn't being found. When I turn on my computer, the loading screen gets ...
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How much does having Indexing running on my Samsung SSD affect health vs. search speed?

I used the Samsung Magician program to check my SSD and it recommends disabling Indexing b/c it generates a lot of random reads and writes. But it seems like if I disable Indexing then everytime I do ...
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File copying slows down when copying multiple files at once

When transferring large files I get an avg transfer with a pretty good rate of around 50MB/s. Then I tried to transfer a folder that contained around 80K small files (around 1-100KB each) and I'm now ...
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estimating life of a new SSD on Windows 8 laptop [on hold]

I'm considering replacing my hard drive with an SSD in one of my Windows 8 laptops. I've heard they don't last as long as a mechanical drive. Should I just replace my SSD after 2 years? Or is there ...
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Restoring performance and estimating life of a used SSD drive?

My old 128 GB SSD drive is about a year and a half old now, and I've since upgraded to another drive. I'd like to clean up my the old SSD to ... restore its performance to near-new levels ...
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What determines the speed of small multiple file copies on a hard drive? [on hold]

I am trying to buy a hard drive which can copy a lot of small files (mostly 1-10kb) as fast as possible. My current read/write speed is 350Mbps - but that doesn't include copying millions of small ...
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Trying to install Windows 7 on Samsung 530u3c. Laptop won't boot

I just bought a Samsung 530u3c with Windows 8 installed,so it's a week old. From day one, I have wanted to revert back to Windows 7. So I have created a USB bootable drive with Windows 7 on, and ...
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Sony Vaio VGN-AR21B doesn't recognize transcend SSD370

I have bought a new Transcend SSD370 sata disk to upgrade my laptop. The problem is bios Setup doesn't recognize it. Anyway, I tried to install Windows 7 on it because Windows recognize it (I don't ...
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M.2 SSD not recognized by Windows 7 Ult installation

I've installed a Crucial M500 480GB SSD in the M.2 slot on an ASRock Z87 Extreme6 motherboard. When i to install Windows 7 Ult on it the drive doesn't show. With diskpart it shows as drive 0. I can ...
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Move EFI System Partition to another drive

I had a Windows 8 installation on an HDD, using UEFI as boot. The HDD has the following GPT table: DISKPART> list partition Partizione ### Tipo Dim. Offset --------------- ...
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Drive partitioning for SSD cache

i just purchased a new laptop Asus N551JK-CN103D which comes with a 1TB hdd and 24GB SSD(or mSSD) which I think can be used as cache. I have a couple of questions but here is how I setup my laptop, it ...
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What's the difference between mini PCIe and mSATA interfaces and SSDs?

Are they even different at all? I've seen SSDs being sold on the market being tagged with both mSATA and mini PCIe such as this one. I've seen marketing ads that say mini PCIe are better than mSATA ...
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Can I move my Applications folder to my external SSD or will Mac OS X Yosemite complain about it?

I want to move Applications folder to my external SSD but I do not know if Mac OS X likes that.
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Move AppData (via symlink?) to a different drive

I've been looking for ways to move AppData off my SSD but the symlink methods won't work since they attempt to make the link in the folder that my AppData folder is in. Since the folder exists and ...
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Intel Smart Response Technology (cache) and vendor SSD tools

I have a laptop with Haswell Core i5 and Intel Rapid Storage Technology. The OS drive is an mSATA Samsung EVO 840. As you may have heard, they had some miscalibration leading to excessive retries ...
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Boot issues - Windows 8.1 + Samsung 850 Pro SSD

I have an Asus N56VZ and couple of months back I installed the Samsung SSD. All was good until last night when I was shown the "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected ...
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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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Recovering data from Mac OS X encrypted SSD with broken MBR

On my Mac, running on Mawericks OSX, I had whole encrypted SSD (240 Gb). By mistake (instead of external, and same size! HDD plugged in), I've chosen wrong disk (my SSD) for Linux installation. So on ...
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Sometimes when booting computer hangs on BIOS splash screen

I have a desktop computer with an Asus P8Z68-V LE motherboard. It has a Wester Digital 1 TB hard drive, Samsung SSD, DVD/CD drive, an external hard drive that is always connected to a USB 3 port and ...
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Samsung SSD is not visible in Bios

I have Dell Inspirion N5110 , and I just bought Samsung SSD exactly like this : https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ8LIAvTLZ_V0PAYwAVKgjgh6jih0uXzg-11BYkC4yIALjlhqmt Now, I removed ...
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How do I get ExpressCache working?

I have an ultrabook hybrid: ssd and hdd. ssd was working on purchase, but after I've re-installed windows -- I can't make it work. I installed the necessary software: IntelRapid ExpressCache ...
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zfs with heavy write off ssd

Planning a Gentoo Linux install. I have 2 each 128 Gb SATA SSD and 450 Gb SAS near-line 15krpm. I want to mirror each pair, but keep write heavy directories on SAS. Do I need to make two mirrored ...
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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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HDD starts when accessing file from SSD

My OP system is installed on a SSD drive and I just accessed a txt file on my desktop (not a shortcut) and when I ran it, it took a while to open and my HDD backup drive started running. Seemed like ...
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rewriting the out-of-bound area [closed]

In flash memory, each flash page within a flash block has a small spare area, also known as the out-of-bound area (OOB), for storing metadata. This usually consists of the logical page number and ...
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FTL and RAM in a eMMC device

To experts on eMMC devices! (1) How is the flash translation layer (FTL) implemented in current eMMC devices? (2) How much RAM-resident metadata is needed to support this FTL? (3) Is the metadata ...
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SSD vs HDD which will be better value over their lifetime? [closed]

I have an Acer Aspire 5742Z which I need to fix - it is becoming incredibly slow. The two options I see are: Performing a factory reset using the current 1-year-old 500GB HDD and copying all my ...
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How do I encrypt Samsung 840 SSD with Bitlocker?

I need help encrypting my Samsung 840 Evo with Bitlocker. Here is my hardware: Samsung Evo 840 500GB hard drive (firmware EXT0BB6Q) Asus P8z77-v motherboard (BIOS v. 2104) Asus TPM chip - purchased ...
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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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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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Hard Drive Remaining Space Not Matching up With Current Space

my hard drive is reported to have 65GB left out of a possible 223GB, however running WinDirStat and doing it via Windows, the hard drive only has about 60GB of used space. Where has the other 150GB of ...
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Does SSD improve overclocking?

Hi i just had a query in my mind- Do i really need to add SSD to OC ...I mean does it make any difference on the perfomance of the processor ? I would like to overclock my i7 and i have already spend ...
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Huge Decline in Speeds and Disappearance of SSD [closed]

I purchased the parts of my computer a few years ago and for the past three or four months, the performance has started to decline. I run a two drive system: a 128 GB OCZ SSD for the OS and a 2 TB ...
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Using an SSD with no AHCI [ICH7 base] - Windows 7 hangs frequently

I have a Shuttle Intel G31 + ICH7 (base -- not M/R etc) system. I just bought an OCZ Vertex 3 120gb [VTX3-25SAT3-120G] which includes the Sandforce 2218 firmware. The ICH7 does not support AHCI. I ...
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SSD causes my Windows 7 installation to freeze

I have an ADATA S510 60GB SATA3 (AHCI mode) SSD, and an Asus M4A785TD-V EVO motherboard. Quite often my computer freezes for about 30 seconds, and afterward returns to its normal state. I'm more than ...
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Solid State Drive Occasionally Freezes For A Minute While OS Is “Beach Balling”

Almost a month ago I bought Intel 330 128GB solid state drive, migrated my data with Intel branded limited-feature Acronis from old HDD to new SSD, optimized with Intel Toolbox and started using it. ...
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Can I replace laptop's optical drive with SSD or other hard disk?

Can I replace my optical drive with a hard drive? I have an Asus N61J laptop, I have seen some sites on the web that advertise this procedure for Apple notebooks. I would prefer not to have an ...
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How to wipe SSDs with a report?

I have a bunch of SSD's that needs a secure wiping as there is sensitive data on it, but the program I use also have to give me some kind of report. I am doing this for another person, so it is ...
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Disk usage claims to be nearly full when 79GB is still available

My main hard drive is a 128GB SSD of which the system has 119 available which is normal. However, it is nearly full despite the fact that there is only 79GB of files on it according to windirstat to ...
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Does XFX 750i support a solid state drive

I have XFX 750i motherboard. I want to purchase a Kingston SSD 120GB. Before purchasing this SSD I would like to know whether my motherboard will support it or not??
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UEFI ESPs and multiple disk drives

I have added a usb connected SSD (sdb) to my (originally Win8) UEFI Toshiba laptop...I am EFI multi-booting via GRUB2 just fine on my laptop HDD (sda)...I have installed a Manjaro KDE distro on the ...
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Windows XP changes its theme every time after reboot

I have an ASUS Eee netbook with Windows XP installed on it. Ever since I switched to an SSD drive, Windows XP has been doing something strange; Almost every time I reboot my computer, it changes my ...
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PCIe SSD as main (boot) hard drive on AsRock X97 Extreme M4

Recently, I assembled a new computer for personal use. With a top-notch CPU and video card installed, and reasonably fast RAM, the hard disk is now the main bottleneck in the system. The 3TB seagate ...
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Is it possible to wipe SSD with strong magnetic force?

I know it is possible to wipe a hard disk, but I'm wondering if something similar can be done to SSD disks as well?
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Samsung Data Migration software isn't working

I just bought a Samsung 840 Series SSD. I am in trying to migrate my data from my current laptop's HDD to the SSD. I am using the Samsung Data Migration Software, however it is not working? I am not ...
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Problems creating a bootable RAID volume when imaging from HDD to SSD

I have an old Dell XPS420 with an Intel RAID controller on the MB. For years I’ve had RAID 1 enabled on a 2x1TB array set up as two volumes: A 300GB volume which has Windows 7 installed on it and the ...