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: “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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How do I evaluate an SSD caching solution for home desktop use?

I've got a 30GB SSD that I would love to start using as a cache for my larger HDDs. I primarily want to improve apparent performance for general desktop use. I do the occasional massive DB migration ...
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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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SSD RAID in Haswell NUC with Ubuntu: Does TRIM work?

I want a low-power, small, silent x86_64 Ubuntu computer with storage that's resilient against hardware failure of a drive. I'm thinking of buying D54250WYKH or D34010WYKH, one mSATA SSD and one 2.5" ...
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Where to report bug of BIOS of Ativ 4 Notebook to Samsung?

I'm looking for a place to report BIOS bug on Ativ 4 Notebook. After updating BIOS from version P01RBG to P08RBG my ssd is working only at SATA2 speed (up to 260MB/s). Before it it worked at up to ...
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Clarification On Write-Caching Policy, Its Underlying Options And How It Applies To Hard Drives And Solid-State Drives

In last week after doing more research on subject matter, I have been wondering about what I have been neglecting all those years to understand write-caching policy, always leaving it on default ...
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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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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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HDD very slow performance after full copy from SSD

The PC: Core i7-4770, 16GB RAM. There are 120GB SSD and 1TB HDD (new without any bads). On the SSD I had Windows 8.1 installed with all other stuff. Someday all programs exceeded 120GB limit and I ...
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Utilizing the full power of my workstation

I am not a gamer. Used to be, 10+ years ago. My workstation is strictly for business: Quickbooks Excel Access General Business QuickBooks is tied to a synchronization engine that is synchronizing, ...
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Why won't my SSD boot when it's cold?

I know that some SSDs rarely have an issue with "cold boots" under certain firmware and software configurations. However in this case I have had two SSDs (different brands) that would literally not ...
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LSI SAS 2308 MPT2SAS Linux Read/Write performance

LSI SAS 2308-8e (6Gb/s per Lane) PCIe 3.0 card. Average Read/Write Raw performance for 4 SSDs is very low around 430 MB/s (Expected 2 GB/s).I am having Intel Core i3 with quad cores and 4 GB RAM. ...
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Cloning win 7 32 bit from HD to SSD Macrium reports incompatible sector size

Created a drive image of Win 7 Prof 32 bit on an HP 6930P laptop from the internal Seagate 160Gb HD on to a USB 3 TB Toshiba HD with Macrium (5.something,latest free download) and verified. Bought ...
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What desktop computer hardware specifications are most important for database heavy applications?

I am purchasing a new personal desktop computer with the hope of improving performance for database-heavy applications (mostly data mining). I will want versatile hardware for all sorts of future ...
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Is there a way to invoke the ANSI ATA enhanced secure erase command targeting an SSD after booting into Windows 7?

I'm too lazy to burn a bootable image, and then wait for the wiping to occur. To securely (in terms of lack of recoverability and safety to the SSD) wipe a Crucial M4 SSD. Is there a DOS command or a ...
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How to unlock a password protected locked Intel SSD?

I've got a problem with my Intel X25-M 80GB SSD drive that was in one of my laptops (Lenovo). Since I've got a few laptops (work and stuff) I didn't touch this laptop a while and I forgot my passwords ...
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Disk Image Clone Issues

So, here's my situation. I have a 1TB HDD that I want to clone onto a much faster 120GB SSD, without particular partitions. The software which came with the SSD, Acronis True Image HD, keeps running ...
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Super slow SDD write speeds with RAID 1

I have a very new computer system, configured in RAID 1, but was surprised that the write speeds were extremely slow! Here is a snapshot of my computer setup: Motherboard: Asus Z9PE-D8 WS ...
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Issue using a “used” SSD as a Windows 8.1 Boot Drive

So, I'm something of a Mac person, but decided to take a stab at this whole "build yourself a PC" thing - right now, the thing is assembled, posts just fine, and can get to the BIOS. The problem is ...
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Can the contents of caches using non-volatile storage (i.e. SSDs) get used after a machine reboots?

When caching with a non-volatile medium does data that was used the last time the machine was powered on get used again? For example would a SSD configured using SRT still hold the contents from the ...
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Making sysvinit load EVERYTHING in parallel - why does this even work?

I edited /etc/init.d/rc on my Debian machine and changed startup boot to startup boot &. Boot time decreases ridiculously, and no race conditions happen at all. Way faster than even Systemd (which ...
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How to monitor hard drive thrashing with SSD?

A question I just asked here regarding HDD hard drive thrashing has prompted me to give pause and think about SSD thrashing. IMO, thrashing (ie, rapid and excessive reads and/or writes) is never good ...
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Copying certain files between two SSD's is really slow

I have a couple ~1GB folders that I am copying from my 128GB Samsung 830 SSD to my 250GB Samsung 840 SSD (Brand new). It goes at around 250MB/s as expected for the first half, but then it stalls ...
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SSD cache to minimise disk uptime

I am planning to build a small server for personal use, utilising a relatively large RAID-5/-6 (or RAID-Z/-Z2) array as main storage. The vast majority of workloads I envision for this would have ...
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How to move a win xp installation from two partitions of same HDD to two separate discs?

I have a question regarding windows setup: I have a win xp installed like this: one disk drive with two partitions C: - system data, etc. D: - all user data (user accounts) now I bought an SSD ...
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Does Windows 7 support TRIM for Spanned Dynamic Disks?

Windows 7 supports TRIM for an individual SSD, but does it work with two SSDs merged together as a Spanned Dynamic Disk? "Dynamic Disk" is Microsoft's proprietary version of LVM.The equivalent ...
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How do I install Intel SSD Firmware from a USB flash drive on a Mac

I've removed my Optical Drive and installed my HDD there instead on my MacBook using OWC's Data Doubler. Furthermore I've installed a Intel 520 180GB SSD in my main drive slot. Now I want to install ...
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Boot records messed on dual boot (win7 and ubuntu) machine with SSD and HDD

I have a Lenovo Ideapad y570 with two hard drives: SSD and normal HDD both managed by RapidDrive and Windows 7 pre-installed. First, I have shrunk my 500 GB HDD a little bit to make some place for a ...
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How big is PATA throughput on original Macbook Air (Rev A)?

I still have one of the original Macbook Air's that I use sometimes. It's got 2Gb of RAM and whenever it's filling up and starts paging, the whole things becomes barely responsive. I've heard SSD's ...
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How to prevent “invalid volume free block count”

Today, there is an error on my Macbook Air, "invalid volume free block count". Repair is required. I wondered what causes this kind of error. How can I prevent it from happen again?
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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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Is there documentation for the command line interface of the Marvell Disk Storage Utility?

The Marvell Disk Storage Utility (DSU), as required to enable and configure HybridDuo mode with a Highpoint Rocket Hybrid 1220, Asus P8P67DLX or Lycom PE-115H has a command line interface, but neither ...
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Why does my disk ignore erase and write commands to some sectors?

I did an ATA secure erase on an SSD (with SystemRescueCD and hdparm). Some parts of the disk are reset to zero, but some parts are not. In particular, the MBR and the boot sector of a Windows Vista ...
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Can't Boot With SSD As Cache

I have an issue where I can't boot into Windows 7 using a Crucial M4 SSD as cache. I have two Caviar Blue's in a RAID1, and the SSD is set as the cache. The motherboard is an MSI Z68A-GD65 B3. ...
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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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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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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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Is my SSD starting to fail?

I have Plextor 256 gb M2P which is only 3 years old. I tried to make a backup image of my system drive with reflect (macrium) and windows backup but it both fails each time with an IO error. Altough ...
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Intel SSD with retired blocks - how much life left?

It's a 4 year old Intel x25 SSD. In the program HD Tune it shows this ID Current Worst ThresholdData Status (05) Retired Block Count ...
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couldn't format partition in SSD

so.. I get the stupid error when I format my SSD. when I try to install Windows 7/8/8.1 I get this error: Windows couldn't format a partition on disk 0. The error occured while preparing the ...
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SSD partition as cache for torrent?

I download some data using P2P, and I have the same issue as other uTorrent users lately - the famous and feared "Disk Cache Overload 100%" message. It cripples my system into a no-go when there's a ...
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Should I test that an SSD is working properly the same way I test an HDD?

I habitually test new or repurposed HDDs with badblocks -w before using them, just as a precaution. Now that I'm starting to use SSDs, I'm not sure if the same test is appropriate. Is there a more ...
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Move Windows to Existing (Non-Blank) Drive

My current setup is an SSD that has Windows installation on it, plus an HDD that holds most of my data. The HDD has plenty of space on it (more free space than the full size of the SSD). I'd like to ...
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Windows 8.1 boot stuck

Booting system (Windows 8.1) on my laptop (ThinkPad T400) often stuck on screen with Windows logo. I can't do anything but "hard shutdown" by holding start button. Then I start it again and Windows ...
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Is it possible to simulate a SSHD

Is it possible to simulate a SSHD by using an existing HDD, a small SSD, and some disk caching software. Most caching software (Intel SRT, Nvelo's Dataplex, etc) seems hardware dependent, and the ...
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How can I manage partitions on Windows 7 Install?

On my home desktops I have an SSD as a primary disk, then a larger SATA disk as a secondary. The thing is, when I install Windows 7 on the SSD, the 100MB "System Reserved" system partition is built on ...
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Do you need to reinstall Windows 8 if you want to use a SSD Drive?

I've heard that if you clone Windows 8 over to an SSD from an HDD that you will not get the SSD drivers which help windows 8 take full advantage of using the SSD like TRIM ect... Is it required to ...
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How to run SSD in XP with SATA hard drive to IDE adapter

Any tips please? I have a 840 EVO SSD, a SATA Hard Drive to IDE (ATA-133/100) UDMA PATA Adapter and XP. I have an old Dell Dimension 4550 with a soon to fail HD so since I have a spare SSD, want to ...
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Self Encrypting Drives - is it possible to bypass ATA password?

I am using TrueCrypt but I want to buy SSD with SED, it's Samsung 840 Evo. After firmware upgrade it "supports advanced data security features(TCG/Opal and IEEE 1667)". If I set ATA password, would ...
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Partition offset at 63, 64, 2048 or 4096?

I did not wish to use the entire SSD for OpenBSD 5.5. (The SSD is new and pre-formatted with MSDOS using Gparted) During installation and at the fdisk stage, I chose Partition #: 0 to install OpenBSD ...