Solid State Disk, a generic term for computer storage devices that have no moving parts and do not involve a "hard disk". A hard disk, in contrast, is a device incorporating a spinning platter or platters that store information magnetically.

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Deleting content of /private/tmp moved on different HDD

I have a Macbook pro with 2 internal HD (stock HD for data and data doubler + SSD in place of the optical drive, hosting the OS). I'm now trying to optimize this setup to take into account the ...
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Unusually long boot time in non-verbose mode - early 2008 MBP + SSD + Mavericks

Inside my early 2008 MBP (15", C2D 2.4, 4GB, GF8600M) I installed a used Samsung SSD (128GB), did a clean Mavericks install and at first startup, I restored the Applications, Desktop, Documents etc. ...
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Drive name red in Disk Utility: Core Storage Drive offline. How to bring back?

Yesterday, my mac wouldn't boot up. When I restarted, I could get the whole way to the User login screen. No matter what user I chose, the boot bar would get about 1/3 way finished and I would get ...
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Do Solid State Drives need Power Management? Do they need sleep?

Is there any positive (or negative) to checking the power management option "Put hard disks to sleep" when I only have a SSD drive installed? Is there any difference if I'm connected to another ...
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iTunes could not back up the iPhone because the backup could not be saved on the computer. Please Disconnect and reconnect Iphone and try again

Hi I'm Running Yosemite on Macbook 5,1 Late 2008 2.0GHz with SSD for apps and HDD for data. I'm Trying to back-up my iPhone on the computer but i'm not able. I tried restarting both computer and ...
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How to determine the best SSD drives that do NOT require TRIM support? (work around kext signing issue in Yosemite)

Unfortunately Apple has decided to create kext signing (as of Yosemite and the unknown indefinite future?) that creates issues for SSDs that require TRIM support for optimal function and longevity. ...
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Why is my late 2013 iMac so slow?

For the last three months I have been more or less enjoying my new late 2013 21" iMac. I already have an early 2011 MBP, which is pretty maxed out with a 512GB SSD and 8 GB of RAM, and still feels ...
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How to securely erase an SSD drive?

I'm pretty new to SSD technology, so I don't know how it compares to hard drives when it comes to securely erasing the drive. Is it enough to run Disk Utility and erase the drive with the option ...
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Should i Buy SSD first or RAM for my Macbook?

I have a macbook pro 15 inch mid 2010. For school i have to use mostly Adobe applications but they take so long to boot up. Not only these programs but other programs too. What should i do to improve ...
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What SSD drives do NOT require TRIM support? (work around kext signing issue in Yosemite)

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 not, ...
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SSD not selectable for Yosemite installation

When I try to install Yosemite the SSD is not found. the Disk Utility lists the SSD, but does not give me the possibility to erase the disk. Any advices? Thanks
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Macbook Lion Recovery Disk Utilities cannot detect newly installed SSD

I just installed the SSD and I cannot detect the SSD in Disk Utilities of the recovery disk. Even trying to restore from time machine backup it cannot find any disk it can restore to. I am restoring ...
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Would and SSD or RAM be the better upgrade in this situation?

I feel I'm making this post more for validation than anything, but I want to get some of your opinions as well. My friend contacted me the other day asking how she could make her MacBook Pro run a ...
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Flashing folder with question mark appear when reboot macbook pro

I substituted a MacbookPro 13" HDD with a Corsair SSD and upgraded the RAM to 8GB. I did a fresh install of OS X Mavericks but when the machine reboots (restarts), it shows a flashing folder with a ...
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How to FW upgrade and reperform a Samsung 840 Evo Basic on a Mac

i got one of these Samsung 840 Evo Basic 500GB on an iMac (used externally in a TB case - standalone, not Fusion). I know there's a firmware update out which is already available for Mac users too ...
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I keep deleting files but my Macbook Pro hard drive is still full [duplicate]

I have a MacBook Pro (late 2011) with a 500Gb SSD hard drive. Today suddenly it said that my hard drive was full, so I started removing the files. Got rid of lots of Gigas, even the sleepimage file, ...
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SSD totally bricked after installing in different laptop

I've never had this issue before: I had an OWC ssd in my 2009 macbook pro, and I put it into a 2008 aluminum macbook. It worked perfectly. Then, I took it out and put it back in my macbook pro, but ...
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Internal SSD not found when installing OS X

I just upgraded my Mac Mini Late 2012 to an SSD. Now, I wanted to boot from my bootable USB and then install Mac OS X to my SSD but it does not find the SSD when I want to select it. The SSD is from ...
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Crucial M500 480gb SSD Replacement for stock HDD on Late 2011 MacBook Pro keeps freezing

First, I apologize for the length of this. I want to make sure I get all the facts out so that hopefully I can get some help. There is s TL;DR version below if you don't want the blow-by-blow ...
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Partition problem after HDD to SSD swap

Recently decided to replace my nearly full 500GB HDD with a 1TB SSD to breathe some new life into my mid-2010 Macbook Pro. I used a toaster-style drive cloner (Dyconn Dubbler) to do a sector by sector ...
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How to clone existing Filevault encrypted HD to SSD with a linux live cd/usb [migrated]

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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Turn off encryption on filevault2 second HDD

I have an Early 2011 MBP on which I installed an SSD (in the SuperDrive's bay). After that I enabled FileVault2 encryption on both the SSD (which has the ML 1.8.2 install) and on the original HDD ...
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iMac 27inch + SSD and HD + Filevault + Yosemite

I have an iMac 2011, 27 inch model. It's got a 1TB hard drive, but I want to add a SSD drive then upgrade to Yosemite. I also require FileVault 2. How hard is it to add the SSD drive, then do a new ...
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2 different types of Booting? MBPr mid-2014

So i just got a new mac book pro retina 15inch, yesterday. When I used it for the first few hours, the way it would boot, it would appear to boot like in 2 seconds, it'd go straight to the user login ...
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Can I install Windows from a preexisting Windows installation?

I have an early 2011 Macbook Pro. The Superdrive broke, so I installed an SSD and put my old HDD in an optibay. The old HDD had a bootcamp Windows installation on it. Since I can't use bootcamp ...
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MacBook Pro freezes after being woken up from sleep mode with Samsung 850 Pro SSD

My MacBook Pro freezes after it's being woken from sleep mode. I can move the mouse but can't click anything and the password form courser is not blinking too.I recently installed a SSD and did 2 ...
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How to know if Drive is SSD or HDD through Terminal?

I would like to know if there is a way through Terminal commands in Mac OS X to find if an attached drive is SSD or HDD.
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What SSD models and brands can I get for my Late 2012 MBP (MacBookPro9.1) that Yosemite supports?

I've read that only the OWC one supports this but then again some people claim it's bogus. So I was wondering what SSD brand and models I can get to upgrade my Late 2012 MBP that when I upgrade to ...
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FileVault security hole when used on SSDs

I just woke up to the fact that it looks like user data can be leaked when using FileVault and Migration Assistant on an SSD on a new Mac when following the default prompts. When I set up a new Mac, ...
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OS X install on SSD hangs every time

I've got an early 2011 13" MBP with a 120GB SSD, formerly part of a DIY Fusion Drive, that I'm trying to install Yosemite on. Every time I try to install from my bootable drive, it hangs at the exact ...
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Is it possible to enable TRIM for an external SSD?

I have an iMac from 2011, Mac OS X 10.6.8, and an SDD in a FW800/USB3 case. Which interface can let me enable TRIM: USB2, USB3, FW800 or Thunderbolt ?
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Is it possible to backup iOS devices to an external drive?

I have a new Mac Pro with a small 256GB SSD. I have a larger 2TB drive that I run backups to. My girlfriend has a MacBook Air with a tiny 128GB SSD. Our problem is our iPhones have 50GB of music, ...
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SSD w/ brand new clean in stall of Yosemite fails to boot

I've just installed a new version of Yosemite on a third party SSD (Crucial). When I boot it up it hangs on a gray screen. Steps that got me here: Connect SSD to Macbook Pro (with existing HD) ...
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Enabling AHCI for SSD under Win7 BootCamp on Macbook Pro 2011

I've just installed a new Samsung 830 256GB SSD and have configured BootCamp with Lion and Windows 7. Under Lion, I have installed Trim Enabler. Under Windows 7 I have installed the Samsung (Wizard) ...
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Yosemite Grey Screen with 3d Party SSD not a trim issue

I have a MacBook 7,1 which i recently installed a PNY 250 SSD and added some RAM. The laptop was running awesome with OSX 10.6.8, lightning fast. Then I installed Yosemite. There was a bit of hang ...
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Samsung EVO 480 *and* stock hard drive not recognised by Snow Leopard installer

A friend of mine came to me with her Macbook Pro 8,3 (17 inch, 2011). The hard drive had failed, and booting into the recovery disk didn't show a working hard drive. I went out and bought her a ...
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Consequences of disabling kext signing

What are the consequences of disabling Kest Signing on OS X Yosemite? I have disabled it to keep TRIM enabled on my aftermarket SSD. What are the security issues I could run up against? If I install ...
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Is it possible/a good idea to use an ExpressCard SSD for swap?

I have a 48GB WinTec filemate ExpressCard SSD which I'm not currently using for anything. My idea was that I would re-partition it with a 16GB partition for swap and virtual memory (I have 8GB of ...
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Double Fusion Drive Volume in Startup Menu after DIY Drive Fusion

After replacing the SuperDrive in my MacBook Pro I copied the Recovery HD to a USB stick and booted from it. Then I ran diskutil cs create MacintoshFusionDrive /dev/disk0 /dev/disk1 (SSD, HDD), ...
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Put only HD to sleep when possible, without putting SSD to sleep. Its possible?

Can I put only HD to sleep when possible, without putting SSD (inserted in superdrive slot) to sleep? (surfing on some forums I read that some problems may arise with SSD stop mode)
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Is there any way to partition the SSD portion of a Fusion Drive?

I'm looking at my next computer and am debating on whether or not to invest in a Fusion Drive. I'll be using Windows heavily on it though, and would like to take advantage of the SSD on both operating ...
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FileVault encrypted installation corrupted, unable to boot

I recently force-shutdown my MacBook Pro Retina, late-2013 model. After entering my FileVault password to unlock the volume, the Apple logo appears, as does the spinny circle. Given time, the Apple ...
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OS X takes long to boot after starting rEFInd once

I have an SSD in my MacBook (Pro 9,2; encrypted), and until recently, the apple icon appeared almost immediately after pressing the power button. Soon after that I would be able to unlock the disk ...
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Reloading a MacBook with applications

My daughter has a MacBook, 10.6.8 and we have the install discs. It's gotten to that age, 5-6 years, where it runs sluggishly, and I'm thinking to wipe the drive, maybe replace with an SSD, and ...
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How do I clone my drive to a external USB drive?

I have CarbonCopyCloner but it cannot see my new SSD in the destination section. The destination drive is a USB-attached SSD. How do I clone to this drive in CarbonCopyCloner?
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Compatible RAM and SSD drive for macbook pro 2012 MD101

I want to help a friend upgrading her macbook pro macbook 2012 MD101 from 4GB RAM and HDD to 8GB RAM and SSD. Since I am not a mac guy myself, I need to ask you guys what is the compatible RAM ...
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Booting from an external SSD

I have a late 2009 i7 iMac that spends most of its time reading and swapping files from the 2TB hard drive, even though it’s only 40% full. I want to buy an affordable (240GB/£160) Firewire external ...
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Cannot format SSD in optical bay

I tried to install a new SSD with higher capacity in the optical bay. But OS X cannot format the SSD. I also tried to swap with an HDD but same problem with HDD. Failure format or something like this. ...
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Trouble installing Yosemite on new SSD

I have a problem where the Yosemite install does not see 240GB Mercury 6G Electra SSD during an install from the USB drive. I'm using a USB thumb drive installer. It boots up fine. Except that when I ...
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Power Connector for SSD in 2009 Mac Pro

I have a Samsung 840 Pro in my 2009 Mac Pro, and due to the 2009 Mac Pro only being SATA 2 I get about half the read/write speeds. I've been doing some research and I came across a SATA 3 PCI-E card ...