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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Lion SSD and HDD symbolic links - user folder?

I want to symlink my user folder in Lion from my SSD to my HDD. However, I've read that this is not such a good idea as there is library folders containing caches in the user folder. I've had a look ...
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Exchanged HDD in MacBook Pro - OS X installation disk shows prohibitory sign

I exchanged the HDD in my 2007 MacBook Pro and removed the DVD drive because it was making a terrible noise every time I booted the MacBook. The new HDD is a Corsair Force F120 SATA SSD. I formated ...
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Are there any SSD drives not from Apple for which you can enable TRIM without hacking OS X's kernel?

I would like to see if there is a way of getting TRIM support on SSD drives gotten from other manufacturers. As far as I know, Apple does not produce SSD drives so if I get a similar drive not from ...
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What SATA does an early 2011 MacBook Pro has?

I want to get a SSD for my early 2011 MacBook Pro 15" and I'm not sure what SATA interface it has and what it would be the best price/performance blend.
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What is the connector used by the MBA's SATA drive?

I wonder what kind of connector is used in the latest MacBook Air for the SATA drive. SATA Express? When I first saw the gumstick SSD drive I thought it was using a SATA Express connector. But when ...
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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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What kind of SSD is compatible with the 2010 Unibody MacBook?

I'm considering buying a solid state drive for my Unibody White MacBook 2010. The trouble is, I have no idea what to look for. What kind of connector am I looking for? (SATA?) What size? I'm told to ...
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Is RAM upgrade worth it if I have an SSD already?

I recently purchased a Macbook Pro. I had an SSD from my last computer which I formatted, installed into my Mac, and used as my one and only HD (I don't need that much space so I didn't opt to do the ...
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What is the benefit of using flash memory in the Macbook Air?

I don't understand why Apple does not use SSD drives in the Macbook Air like some other manufacturers to (e.g. Asus, Samsung). The technical specifications of the Macbook Air on Apple's website never ...
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Does moving my home folder to an non-boot drive decrease performance?

I'm going to get an SSD, making that my boot drive and moving the existing hard drive to the optical drive bay. I will keep my data on the original hard drive. MacPerformanceGuide.com says "If the ...
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OS X lion and SSD

I recently got a Crucial M4 SSD for my mid-2009 MacBook Pro 13" (2.53 GHz). Since I paid some money, I would like to get the best performance possible out of it. Running a speed test using app store ...
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MacBook Air slow shutdown time

I have a late-2010 MacBook Air and I've been experiencing pretty slow shutdown times recently. I know that there's always the "how often do you shutdown your computer?" argument but I see that as ...
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Most important MacOS folders to move from SSD to spinning HDD, and how to move them?

I recently installed a SSD on my Early 2009 Mac Pro. While searching the site, and finding many questions on the subject of SSD to HDD swapping, linking, and cloning. No one actually mentioned the ...
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Unaccessible folder in Trash

Whenever I try emptying my Trash, the progress bar freezes at a specific point. I narrowed down the problem to a folder containing a mercurial repository: localhost:~ dennis$ cd ...
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Move complete Lion installation to another physical drive

is there a way to completely move my OSX Lion to my new SSD without reinstalling? I came from Windows and Linux to OSX and i thought maybe it is possible to simply change the bootloader config after ...
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Is it possible to to do add a brand new SSD to a MacBook Pro and just fresh install Lion?

I'm interested in getting an SSD for my MacBook Pro (2.2Ghz Early 2011) and I can't find out if it's possible to, when I first get the SSD, put it inside my MBP and then boot up with my OS X Lion USB ...
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Problem saving settings in OSX Control Panel after SSD installation

On my Lion installation changes in the OSX Control Panel some settings are no longer saved eg. General oder Language. After reentering the Control panel again, the old settings are still in place. ...
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Poor battery performance after SSD install

I recently installed a Crucial SSD into my Macbook Pro (2.66 GHz Intel Core i7), and now the performance of my battery is probably about 50% of what it used to be. I've tried to reset the PRAM, but ...
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Do any current (early 2012) Macs support Intel's Smart Response Technology (SRT)

Intel's SRT uses a small SSD (up to 64 GB) as a cache for the hard disk. Or just the first 64 GB of a larger SSD. Per this Intel document this needs a Z68 Express board and Windows Vista or 7. Various ...
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SSD behaves strangely, then suddenly fails, but checks show no problems

A few days ago, I've installed an additional SSD (as a main system disk) into my 2011 Mac mini (manual installation using Ifixit's Mac mini Dual Harddrive Kit) that first behaved strangely and today ...
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SSD in iMac 21.5" Mid 2011

I'm not sure if I should buy an SSD for my iMac 21.5" Mid 2011 alongside the internal 500GB hard drive. First Question: Should I replace the CD drive with an SSD or use an external (Thunderbolt) one? ...
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Trouble with SSD/HDD in Macbook Pro Mid 2009

When my original HDD crashed I wanted to change it and choose a Samsung HDD (I don't not the exact model anymore). The problem with this one was that the system often hanged for several seconds until ...
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Is the performance of Lion + SSD + Filevault2 good enough for a system primarily used for application developemnt?

I'm looking to buy a MacBook Pro w/ SSD. I was wondering if anyone out there has noticed any significant performance drop with FileVault2 enabled for the following tasks: Small (under 2 GB) ...
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Old MacBook Air 3rd party SSD visibility is temperature dependent

1st gen MacBook Air.. I replaced the failing internal HD with an 3rd party SSD (wasn't hard, but replacing the fan which was also broken was much trickier - pro tip: don't try using a 00 screwdriver ...
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Prevent automatic removal of the Spotlight index due to low disk space

I am guessing that when disk space runs low, it automatically deletes the Spotlight index to make room for virtual memory. Then when space becomes available it reindexes. But I'm not sure about that. ...
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Should I Move The Swap Location For My Mac From The SSD To The Larger HDD In My Laptop?

Should I move the swap location for my Mac from the SSD to the larger HDD in my laptop? Background information: I've heard some suggestions in the general PC/Windows world that if you have an SSD for ...
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Can't upgrade to Lion with error “can't be installed because a recovery system can't be created”

I've formatted my newly bought SSD and did a clean install of Snow Leopard from the install CD I got with my MacBook. Snow Leopard installed just fine and everything works, but when I try to upgrade ...
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Reinstalling Lion on a 3rd party SSD

I've purchased an SSD drive INTEL SSDSA2CW120G3 and had a guy in Apple Reseller store clone the original HDD to the SSD. The problem is, that the original HDD was almost dead and there were some ...
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What hybrid (HDD/SSD) drives would be a good option for an early 2011 MacBook Pro? [closed]

I'd like the OS speed an SSD offers, but as I'm not an avid gamer/video editor, none of my programs really need that much speed, especially since a 256GB drive is about $400-500, and the Momentus XD ...
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Installing Windows 7 without a SuperDrive in Boot Camp on 2010 MBP

Just switched out my SuperDrive for an SSD on my 2010 MacBook Pro and am running into whale of a time trying to get Windows 7 installed onto the SSD for Boot Camp. Initially tried installing via an ...
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How do I rebuild my HDD/SSD from scratch without Time Machine on MacBook Pro?

Ok let me try and sketch the situation; Hardware MacBook Pro 17 inch (Early 2011), 1x 750 GB HDD + 1x 140 GB SSD OS Lion Just after I purchased my MacBook Pro I swapped the 750 GB drive for the ...
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Macbook Pro Upgrade - 16GB RAM or 128GB SSD

I am asking myself which constellation is better: should I stock up my RAM up to 16GB (from 8GB), or should I buy a SSD with 128GB?? I really dont know :/ Cheers! BTW: My macbook supports 16GB ...
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SSD upgrade and Lion

I have Lion installed in my system (macbook pro 17 mid 2010). I have also created a Lion DVD using a guide I've found while surfing the Internet. Tomorrow I will receive a ocz agility 3 240gb ssd ...
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3rd party drive or standard in a new MBP?

so I'm looking to buy a new 17'' Macbook Pro, but I'm having a hard time deciding if I should buy it with a solid state included, or buy my own and stick it in. I've heard that the Toshiba drives they ...
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What adapters are available for a connecting a secondary SSD to the Superdrive's SATA cable?

I have a 2011 iMac. I plan to replace the SuperDrive with an SSD drive. I've noticed on various images of, e.g., on ifixit, that the SATA cable that plugs into the Superdrive looks different to the ...
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Advice and information for installing a SSD into MBP with fresh Lion

Tomorrow I am going to buy a OCZ Vertex 3 (240GB) and then I want to upgrade my MacBook Pro (late 2011) and install a fresh Lion system without copying any files with SuperDuper etc. Now I would like ...
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Migrate Data To New SSD Drive Without USB to SATA Cable

I just bought a SSD For my MacBook Pro. It is running Lion. I have a time capsule with a full backup, as well as an image of the entire drive I created stored on a network drive. How do I copy ...
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Upgrade a MBP(8,1) dual i7 to 16GB RAM from 4GB or to a SSD?

I currently find my new computer a bit slow when it comes to my number crunching requirements. Also, I find my computer painfully slow when it's running VirtualBox. My budget is around $500. Newegg ...
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Kernel: I/O error on new OWC Mercury 6G SSD

I bought a mid 2011 Mac Mini mit dedicated graphic card along with the iFixit dual hard-drive kit and a OWC Mercury 6G SSD. After I installed the ssd into the Mac Mini with as second hard drive, the ...
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What brand of SSD does apple use for their LATE 2011 MacBook Pros? [closed]

The ones that came out on October 2011. Models #: MD311*/A, MD313*/A, MD314*/A, MD318*/A or MD322*/A The SSD options are listed here with no detailed information: ...
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Any problems adding a new SSD to iMac 2011?

I have an iMac 2011 mid-model. I bought this without a SSD, now I want to add one. I heard the model have several problems, when it comes to adding extra SSD's. Including TRIM support and Temperature ...
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Can Time Machine restore from one large hard drive to two smaller ones?

I'm about to put a SSD (60GB) into my MacBook Pro, the disc drive is coming out and the current drive (320GB) will sit in a bracket in its place. I'd like to use the SSD as the main drive for the OS, ...
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To TRIM or not to TRIM on a non Apple installed SSD in Lion

According to a source in OWC they do not recommend enabling TRIM on Mercury Extreme SSD as TRIM is only supported by Apple on Apple installed SSDs. They suggest that I am better off using the build ...
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Which SSD to choose for a white late 2009 macbook [closed]

Currently there are many reviews on SSDs, and different types of SSDs as well. What I would like to hear is what cost effective SSDs that exists that aslo has TRIM support and will work well with ...
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Upgrade SATA connection on MBP 3,1

When replacing my HDD in my MBP 3,1 with a SSD (SATA3), I noticed that the SATA1 cable can be fully removed. Thus I thought, that it might be possible to replace the SATA 1 cable by a SATA 3 cable in ...
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Compatible SSD for Macbook Pro (replace HDD)?

Any special compatibility concerns when replacing the HDD on a MBP with an SSD? I am running Parallels with XP Pro and Ubuntu and have been disk bound for some time. Not too concerned about size, ...
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OWC SSD freezes regularly

I installed a new 115GB SSD with a clean lion install in my MacBook pro (2010) with the data doubler containing my old seagate hdd. The install took over five hours, which made me pretty suspicious ...
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What is the quality of SSDs included on a Mac?

Are the SSDs used by Apple high in quality in terms of Speed and longevity (which is a particular issue with SSD). If not would you recommend buying a separate SSD and installing it after purchasing a ...
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Solving a problem on a MacBook Pro 5,1 with an OCZ Agility 3 SSD

I installed Mac OS X lion on an SSD (through USB) after checking the firmware was the latest version (2.15). When I transferred the SSD into the MacBook Pro (like i usually do after an install) but it ...
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Carbon Copy Cloner and FileVault Volumes

I am about to get my SSD back from an RMA process. I currently have my backup HDD and I'm considering utilizing FileVault's full disk encryption. I'd like to minimize the number of writes before I ...