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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Experiencing slow read/write speeds with SSD since reinstall

I have a Mac Mini (2013 model) with a Samsung 840 Pro 128GB SSD and the out-of-box 1TB HDD attached, I have noticed the speeds from my SSD are not correct and are VERY slow. (Backstory....I've had ...
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MBPR 13" Late 2013. Two identical SSDs (different revs.) - one boots, one doesn't?

I have a new MacBook Pro 13" Retina (Late 2013) which works flawlessly. It has a factory installed 512 GB SSD, which also works flawlessly. Then I bought basically the same type of 512 GB SSD, 2nd ...
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Restore MacBook partition table its original state

I have a Mid-2013 11-inch MacBook Air with 512 GB SSD. It came with Mountain Lion, but when Mavericks came out, I performed a clean install. Perhaps taking the idea of clean install a bit too far, I ...
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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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Why my Mac OS X Startup Disk used space is around 30 GB

I just bought a new MacBook Air 128GB SSD. This is my first MAC. As on Windows, I want to create a separate partition for my Data. The Default partition shows around 30 GB used space. Why is it so? I ...
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Should I upgrade RAM or to a SSD? [closed]

Ok, I have a late 2011 macbook pro that I'm looking to upgrade. It's sluggish with basic tasks such as right clicking to open the little options menu thingy (like the copy and past menu) and ...
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SSD in a 2012 17" causing GPU failures?

Just got my MPB back from Apple after taking it in with GPU overheating glitches. Apparently this model (2012) are prone to it and it's been exhibiting all the symptoms. Blue screens, grey screens, ...
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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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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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Cannot repair disk0s2 with mavericks utility disk on a SSD

I was trying to repair a corrupted partition (OSX Mavericks) the mac doesn't boot anymore (grey apple logo with infinty spinning gear). I've just tried with safe mode, PRAM restor etc... And the ...
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SSD Disk Utility & Install Failure

I've been running a SanDisk 256GB SSD for about a year. A week ago my system locked up and stopped being able to boot from the SSD. Booted from 10.9 USB installer, and went to disk utility, located ...
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New to Macbook Pro, need help upgrading

I was recently gifted an old Mid 2010 Macbook Pro with the following specs listed here: ...
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Can I upload songs to Itunes from second HD?

I have 2 Hdd's one solid state and the other is moving parts. I have Itunes on my solid state and all of my music on the secondary. Is it possible to to have iTunes play music from that drive without ...
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Does Spotlight index SSDs faster than HDDs?

Ive been thinking about swapping my MacBook Pro's (late 2012) hard drive for an SSD for a while now, as there becoming more affordable at decent sizes. Apart from the read / write and startup time ...
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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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Install Windows 8.1 and OS X 10.9 on external SSD USB3.0 (iMac Late 2012)

Good morning, Currently I have my iMac running OS X 10.9 on an external USB3.0 SSD drive, and it has been running flawlessly. My question is: - Is it possible to dual-boot Windows 8.1 in the SAME ...
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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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Internal SSD compatible?

Since I was not able to find it out does anyone of you know if the following INTERNAL SSD will be compatible with my MacMini Late 2012 (the cheaper one)? Internal SSD from BestBuy Thanks :)
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Does FileVault encryption slow read/write access on an SSD?

Never fancied enabling FileVault on previous Macs but now I'm running OS X on an SSD. Is there a noticeable decrease in speed?
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Apple Mid 2012 VGA vs Apple retina late 2013 VGA onboard

I'm trying to buy a new mac book. I have two choices: one is Apple Macbook Pro retina mid 2012 with NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 1024 MB. And another is new macbook late retina 2013 using VGA onboard. I ...
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Can I upgrade the SSD on late 2013 retina Mac Book Pro?

Do the late 2013 models (13" - (ME864LL/A, ME865LL/A, ME866LL/A), 15" - (ME293LL/A, ME294LL/A)) support after market SSD upgrades? If so, is a drive that works with the late 2012/ early 2013 rMBPs ...
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Why is a secure erase 'not necessary' for SSD's?

I'm about to trade in a 2010 MacBook Pro with an SSD. However, I'm unable to do a Secure Erase from the recovery disk (as I used to do with mechanical hard drives before selling or giving away a ...
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How Does FileVault 2 Full Disk Encryption Affect SSD Garbage Collection

I'm trying to learn how full disk encryption using Filevault 2 will impact SSD garbage collection. My understanding is that garbage collection involves moving pages in blocks with free space to empty ...
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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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Is there anything like NVELO Dataplex (hybrid SSD/HDD software) for OS X?

I'm interested in upgrading my old MacBook to using an SSD and moving the data drive to where the DVD drive is using an optibay. Often SSDs come with a licence for NVELO Dataplex software (which is ...
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Does it matter where an SSD or HDD is installed in a Mid 2012 MBP?

The arguments raised in another question (and answer) about this as to where to install the SSD when running one with an HDD said to demote the ol' spinning platters to the optical bay because the HDD ...
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How long will an Apple SSD last?

Like all tools, an SSD will wear out from use and eventually fail. Are there data on roughly how long the SSD's that Apple ships in it's portable line last? From my research, it seems that the ...
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Spinning down hard drives that are not boot drives

If I were to put an ssd in the superdrive of an early 2009 24" iMac and used this as a boot drive while keeping the hdd in it's original place and using as a storage drive, would the storage drive ...
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MacBook won't boot from internal SSD

I got a 2011 MacBook Pro and had a Samsung 840 Pro installed running Mountain Lion, then Mavericks for about a year without any problems. Without any apparent reason the MBP just wouldn't boot from ...
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Reclaiming Disk Space on my Mac

I've got a MacBook air with a 128 gigabyte SSD, and it reminded me again this morning that I'm almost out of storage space. What caches are safe to delete, and what other places are good to reclaim ...
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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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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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Suddenly SSD become unreadable, need to initialise it

I use my SSD with Mac OS on it on several mac (mine is with apple right now). It works well with one mac mini but fails with the macbook air, is shows the following message : (sorry for french...) ...
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SSD boot drive does not work only on primary drive slot

I have the following very strange problem with my 13″ early-2011 MacBook Pro. The disk configuration is as follows: Primary slot - FileVault 2 encrypted 120GB OCZ Vertex 3 SSD Secondary slot - the ...
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Should I put the SSD in the Optical or Main Bay when replacing Optical Drive?

I have 2010 MBP. Wanted to put SSD in optical bay (and use it as main boot drive) because main bay has SMS (motion detection) that HDD would use. The only problem is that optical bay in my computer ...
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MacBook SSD replacement — sudden motion shock sensor in optical bay?

When looking to upgrade a MacBook Pro with a solid state drive (SSD), one option is to: First, install the SSD instead of the spinning hard disk drive (HDD). Then, install the HDD instead of the ...
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Slow startup after replaced SSD

Two weeks ago, my SSD had been broken due to the "Invalid node structure" error. I cannot fix it by using fdisk_hfs. Then I have to format and re-install, but got another error: "Install Failed: OS X ...
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Cannot encrypt external ssd drive

I have a new Thunderbolt SSD drive, which I cannot encrypt. I managed to (a) erase the partition, (b) create a new one: => diskutil partitionDisk /dev/disk3 GPT JHFS+ test 0b Started partitioning ...
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Discrepancies in available capacity of Macbook Air SSD

I bought a MBA with an SSD advertised to be 256GB. The actual unformatted capacity, according to the system info tool, is only 251000193024 bytes. This is only 233 Gibi (2^30) bytes, or 251 Giga ...
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OS X works perfectly fine on external HD but extremely slow with HD on MBP

Things get weird when I replaced my HDD with an SSD since my MacBook Pro (Mid-2012) slowed down horribly. I get beachballs everything I did on my MBP and it was so painful. I thought it was because ...
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Macbook pro stuck on 'About a second remaining' for an hour

I'm trying to upgrade my Macbook pro late 2011's hard disk to an SSD from Corsair. I have inserted the USB stick with the OSX Mavericks installer, and everything went great: I made a GUID single ...
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Can I swap the SSD from mid-2013 Macbook Air and mid-2014 Macbook Pro?

I bought a Macbook Air with a 256 GB in mid 2013. I bought a Macbook Pro with a 128 GB in mid 2014. I'd like to swap the SSDs if possible. Are the parts compatible? I'm looking at these two guides ...
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How to set noatime for startup drive in Mountain Lion?

I've followed instructions to set the noatime flag in Lion so I can reduce SSD usage but it isn't working for me on Mountain Lion. I'm still seeing this after restarting: $ mount | grep " / " ...
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If I put my old mac hard disk system drive with bootcamp in a USB caddy, after replacing it with an SSD, will it appear as 2 drives when plugged in?

I'm going to replace my MacBookPro system drive / hard disk with an SSD. I will then re-install MacOS and Windows via bootcamp. The original drive will be put in a USB caddy to be used as an external ...
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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 do I completely and securely wipe a FileVault (SSD) drive?

When I follow Apple's instructions for preforming a complete erase and reinstall on a FileVault 2 encrypted SSD machine, and choose a high level of security for the erase, I get an error, and the ...
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Transfer Bootcamp over from a separate hard drive to a partition of a hard drive

I have a Macbook Pro with dual hard drives (1tb HD, and a 250gb SSD that I replaced the disk drive with). I have been using the regular HD for my mac and the SSD for my bootcamp. Recently, I found ...
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Going in for an apple repair, do I need to remove my second hard drive for the superdrive?

The right fan on my mac stopped working, I have scheduled an appointment at the mac store genius bar (its still in warranty). I have installed a second hard drive in place of the super drive, and ...
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External Storage Options for MBP non-retina

My system specs: late 2011 13 non-retina thunderbolt (1?) optical drive usb 2 sdxc @ 2.5 gt/s firewire 800 128gb ssd I am wrestling with a few options since I don't have USB3.0: USB 3 drive ...
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Why doesn't my MacBook recognize the original HD any longer?

I replaced the stock hd with a samsung ssd (840) about 18 months ago. It died last week. I tried putting the original HD back in and the computer won't recognize it. Even when I hold down the option ...