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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Windows cannot see SSD

I just added an ssd to my father's computer. The computer recognizes it being there (I can see it in the boot screen). In the bios I can choose to boot to it. I wanted to install windows 8 to it. On ...
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Windows doesn't detect HDD and SDD, but disk manager does

Windows doesn't detect two of my drives, after I installed a new one. I exchanged my previous SSD (old Patriot Inferno, 60gb) which had Windows 8.1 on it for a new OCZ ARC 100. However, after I ...
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Can I use Ghost or Clonezilla to make an image of my SSD ?

Can I use Ghost or Clonezilla to make an image of my SSD ? I heard there are incompatibility issues. Is that true? Thanks.
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Which piece of hardware in my desktop is failing?

Almost 2 years ago I built a custom desktop. This week it seems to be becoming inoperable. It's a dual boot system capable of booting to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. When I sat down at it the other ...
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Preserve factory state of hard drive in new desktop computer

This may be paranoid or control freakish but the goal is to preserve and restore the factory state of the HD of a new desktop computer prior to it's first boot. To avoid accidentally booting from the ...
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Dropbox and Google Drive folders slow to open from SSD

In Windows 7 Pro 64-bit Windows Explorer, under Favorites, I have a link to Dropbox and Google Drive. When I click on these folders, it takes about 5 seconds to open. I know this is a first world ...
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What is the function of the four pins on my SSD?

While searching for an answer, I found this question on SU what is the purpose of this 4 pin interface on sata hdds and why doesnt it exist on SSDs? Well, on my Kingston HyperX SSD drive, they do ...
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Viability of using a USB drive as an extra disk

I'm mainly talking about the speed here. I have a 120GB SSD installed in my laptop and I'm loving it. However, 120GB is really size prohibitive. My other slot is filled with a 1TB HDD so it's not an ...
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How does SSD achieve wear-leveling when disk is near-full?

I'm trying to understand this. Say I have a 256GB SSD, 180GB of which are already occupied by permanent files (OS, installed programs etc.). The remaining 70GB or so gets new files created and ...
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Swap Windows and Linux hard drives

Following situation: I have a laptop with a SSD and a HDD in it. Windows 8.1 is installed on the SSD The HDD holds a data partition Some weeks ago is tried to work with Linux an installed it at ...
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Windows 7 reduce swap space on SSD

System: Windows 7 installed on 120 GB SSD 1 TB RAID 1 hard disk drive 16 GB RAM Radeon 7850 Intel i5 chip Brand new. No software on. There is nothing to compress or cleanup. I only have ...
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Move Windows 8.1 to a separate SSD drive on a dual-boot Windows 7/Windows 8 system

I currently have a dual boot system setup with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, each in its own partition on an HDD drive. I acquired an SSD drive and would like to transfer the Windows 8.1 ...
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What is the smallest size SSD drive I can use for installing Windows 7?

I'd like to install Windows 7 on its own SSD drive (everything else would be on a standard hard disk), but I don't want to break the bank. I saw a 40 GB one on newegg.com for US$124.99, but ...
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Installing firmware with samsung magician dc

I am trying to get Samsung magican DC to work on my linux (linux mint 17 xfce) computer. I downloaded samsung magician dc from here. Then I downloaded the firmware update files from this page (under ...
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Freeing up space on SSD

I have a 120GB SSD with basically only the system (Win7) installed on it and yet I'm having really hard time maintaining enough free space to install one game and leave the recommended 20% of space ...
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Install ubuntu on ssd disk fail

I have just bought a SSD to update my old laptop. However I cannot install lubuntu on it, it stops and keeps repeating the same messages ata3: hard resetting link ata3: SATA link up 1,5 Gbps (SStatus ...
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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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Boot from mini PCI-E SSD Hard Drive?

Not sure if anyone has attempted this before, so if you don't know for sure, please don't answer. I have the Acer Aspire One A0531h with 3G. It has two mini pci-e slots. One has the wifi adapter and ...
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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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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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GRUB shows up unexpectedly when booting after CMOS Reset

Basically, my computer has 3 hard drives. 2 HDDs, 1 SSD. Years ago, I installed a Linux partition on one of the HDDs, but decided to move back to solely using Winodws(gaming pc) and removed Linux from ...
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Why can't an acer aspire XC-703 turn on without his hard drive?

I received an Acer Aspire XC-703 and i tried to sobstitute the included 500GB hard drive with a 32GB SSD. But the pc won't even turn on (power led off, cpu fan stuck at max rpm, no video output) when ...
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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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Can Windows 7 OS on harddrive use SSD for prefetch (SuperFetch)?

I have a Windows 7 computer with a primary drive being conventional 1 TB hard drive. I have installed an additional 128 GB SSD which I use to keep some of my frequently used data and applications. I ...
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Will device-based “wear leveling” equalize access across both SSD partitions?

I can’t see that my specific point is covered by the “Wear Levelling” section in the answer to the earlier question Disadvantages of partitioning an SSD? I’ve been booting Windows 7 from a 32GB SSD ...
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SSD with Bitlocker not booting after CMOS being cleared

I have a HP Envy with Windows 8 installed on a SSD. The drive is encrypted with BitLocker. Today, I disassembled my laptop to clean the fans. After putting it back together and turning it on, I got a ...
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Getting Intel Rapid Storage to work

This question is strongly related to this one. I experience the same problem. Unfortunately the proposed solution of removing the SSD disc (disc1) via disc manager gives the following error: "Cannot ...
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removing sensitive data from laptop (ssd drive) before sending to support

Here is my problem. My computer has a screen problem and needs to be sent to the manufacturer's support desk. However I have some private files on the computer I dont want the support to (possibly) ...
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Going silent: will an SSD with a newer but 'slower' CPU run as fast? [closed]

I currently have a relatively old (2009) Shuttle XPC with an AMD Phenom X2 550 3.10GHz and 2 SATA HDD drives. I use it as my work computer, usually running a couple of browsers, XAMPP, 2 or 3 ...
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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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SSD cache, SRT, Raid 0 : speeding up my C drive

I have a Z97 rig and I'm interested in speeding up my disk drives. This is my current setup: 1) 240GB SSD for main disk 2) 500GB hard drive for User Files 3) 120GB for photo editing (I move files ...
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Transcend MTS400 SSD crashes my Acer C720 Chromebook, how to disable SATA power management in Chrome OS?

So I upgraded my Acer C720P Chromebook with a larger Transcend MTS400 SSD. However this SSD has a firmware bug, because of which it is incompatible with SATA power management (ALPM). This Transcend ...
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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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Using samsung SSD magician on linux

I have a samsung SSD and Samsung has a magician software for their SSD. I would like to use it, however I just have linux and the software is only supported on Windows. Is there a way to install it ...
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What steps should I take when upgrading my PC with an SSD?

I'm planning on upgrading my PC with an SSD. I currently have a 1 TB HDD, and I'm planning on installing a 512 GB SSD. I am also planning to do a clean slate install: I won't be transfering my current ...
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SSD Not Detected - Fallback on EFI Shell

Want to assess what are the odds of a hardware failure in a particular case. I have a laptop with an Intel SSD (160GB). I just installed Windows 8.1 on it and all was working fine, up until the point ...
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How Do I Properly Disable Intel SRT & Remove the SSD Cache Drive?

I bought a Dell XPS 8700 which comes with a 2TB HDD paired with a 32GB SSD cache drive using Intel's SRT technology. I'd like to install a new 512GB SSD for the OS and use the separate 2TB HDD as a ...
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SSD not detected in Windows and BIOS

I have an Intel 530 ssd on my Asus Q550LF, and one more HDD, the one that came with laptop. SSD is connected instead optical drive. When I try to install windows on SSD partition, there is none! ...
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Will a SATA SSD drive work in WWAN (miniPCIe) slot?

My company gave me a Dell E6450 with a built in 256 GB SSD (way too small). Dell does not make a CDROM replacement SSD for the E6450 (!!!), believe it or not. Therefore, I see a good option as ...
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Will a 7mm SSD fit in a 9.5mm laptop HDD slot?

I'm planning to purchase a Crucial M4 256G SSD. There are 2 versions though, 7mm and 9.5mm, at the same price on Newegg.com My current laptop is 9.5mm SATAII. However, I plan to purchase a new ...
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How to check if an attached SSD device is SATA or PCIe on Linux?

I have a machine with both SATA and PCIe SSDs attached. Is there a set of Linux commands (on Ubuntu or CentOS) that I can use to check if a given SSD is SATA or PCIe?
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Windows 8.1 fullscreen apps close immediately after opening

All windows 8.1 fullscreen apps (pc settings, windows store etc) just switch back to the desktop whenever I open them. They don't load at all.
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Using a disk duplicator to copy multiple source disks to a single target disk

I know a disk duplicator(1:1) does a blind sector by sector copy, but if I put two disks together in a hardware JBOD enclosure, could I then remove each disk and place them one at a time in a disk ...
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Lenovo g565 not booting with ssd

I got a lenovo g565 and I bougt a intenso 120gb SSD. I installed Windows 7 which didnt make any problems what so ever. But as soon as I try to boot there was only a underslash blinking. I tried to ...
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Can I use an external ssd on a 2014 1.4ghz mac mini to run Photo Shop and Light Room

I got the computer for my girlfriend who does photography for a hobby. She has a 24.1 megapixel camera and I'm worried that transferring and developing pictures that size will be slow. Will running ...
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Do SSD-based Apple laptops contain accelerometers?

Do modern SSD-based MacBook Pro's have an accelerometer / gyroscope / sudden motion sensor? On my old 2007 MacBook Pro I used to see the Chrome logo shift and tilt on this HTML5 Rocks page, and I'd ...
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Should I install my operating system on my SSD or HDD?

I'm currently deciding whether to install my Operating System on my SSD (solid state drive) or HD (hard drive). Will I be having programs on the HDD and the OS on the SSD or vice verca? Which will ...
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What causes average response time into the seconds for an SSD?

I'm using a Samsung 700T tablet/convertible (basicallly, the Samsung equivalent of the Microsoft Surface Pro.) It runs Windows 8.1 This comes with a dual-core ULV CPU, 4 GB of RAM (which is too ...
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Copy data from 1TB SSD to 2TB HDD [with speed/cost constraints]

I have data being recorded to an external 1TB SDD at a rate of ~2GB/min. This occurs for multiple consecutive hours until the drive is full. Once that happens, the data needs to be offloaded to the ...
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how do I format my SSD plugged in as external

I have an SSD plugged in as an external drive through some sort of an adapter, what I'm wondering is how do I format that drive when I'm running a HDD right now? Do I just right click on the drive and ...