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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Does RAM Disk Improve OS X Performance?

I stumbled this article explaining how mounting RAM disk can improve OS X performance up to 40× which of course is just a a hyperbole. My question is whether the suggestion made by them valid for ...
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How is swap on mid-2013 MacBook Air w/ PCIe SSD?

There appears to be confusing and incomplete information about the PCIe SSDs in mid-2013 MacBook Air 11" and 13" (especially the 128GB models), where a different queue depth may result in different ...
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How fast is 256GB to 128GB on mid-2013 MacBook Air?

I've tried finding the comparison reviews of the performance differences between 128GB and 256GB PCIe SSDs of mid-2013 MacBook Air 11" and 13" (which now have been carried over as the ...
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How can I migrate a Win7-64 BOOTCAMP partition from Mavericks system SSD to another drive

I’d like to move the bootcamp partition from the Mac System SSD to another drive, and still have the option of Alt-booting to Windows 7 x64 which is what’s installed on the BOOTCAMP partition now. ...
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What is the read speed of the SSD in the Macbook Air A1466 model?

I'm having trouble finding a figure or proper specs on Google, and I was wondering how fast it is. Anyone know?
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Change HD in Macbook Pro Retina Display 13" - SSD 250GB

I have a Macbook Pro Retina Display 13" model with a 250GB SSD which was brought in January this year. I always knew that there wouldn't be enough storage space for me at 250GB however always planned ...
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Can the SSD from a 2013 Macbook Air work with an adapter in a PC?

I happen to have a spare SSD from a 2013 MBA and I'm wondering if anyone knows of an adapter card to use it in a PC? There are boards like this ...
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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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How do I make sure the firmware for my newly installed SSD is up to date for Mac OSX? Note: cannot use optical drive

Installed a 2nd HD (SSD) onto my 15" MBP and wasn't sure how to upgrade the firmware. SanDisk 120 GB SSD. Anyone know?
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Mid 2010 MBP 15" - Manually Upgraded MBP, what should be my next steps?

I've been reading up on what to do after manually upgrading my MBP, and answers vary per individual/profession. I replaced Optical Drive with an 120GB SSD, and made SSD into bootdrive, HD into ...
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Macbook Air 2011 10.7.5 with SSD from OWC boots automatically in safe mode, works fine when I boot with apple SSD

I've had the OWC SSD for a couple of months, worked fine, then all of a sudden it boots automatically in safe mode and is pretty slow. I tried to boot from my original apple SSD which I kept and it ...
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Apple infinite load. I/O error and even a new HD

My mac mini from the 2011 refused to boot. Apple logo and loading image forever.. I tried cmd+s: Went through all the steps from the applejack, tried fsck -fy, all semmed pok, Tried cmd+v: It ...
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Configuring SSD over-provisioning on Mac OSX

I'm in early investigation stages of adding a SSD drive to my MacPro. Fragmentation problems can lead to serious performance problems on an SSD. There are a couple answers to this problem: TRIM - ...
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RAID 0 On 21.5" iMac Late-2012

I am about to get my fusion drive upgraded to a 256gb SSD on my Late-2012 21.5" iMac that I got from work (don't worry I have a company upgrading it, and yes they know its a Late-2012 iMac). When ...
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How to copy my Mountain Lion system to another drive?

I'm considering upgrading at long last to Mavericks, but need to feel confident that all my apps & workflows will work properly before committing 100%. I boot off of an external Thunderbolt SSD ...
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What to do if repairing one disk made the other unrecognized?

Originally I had two drives, an HDD and an SSD (my boot drive). The HDD had a 100gb partition on it that used to have windows installed on it, but that partition got locked and became unusable. When I ...
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How can I use an external hard drive as a secondary internal hard drive on OS X

So I have a 2011 iMac that has a 500 GB. Hard drive inside. I could not buy a new computer but I bought a 2 TB. external hard drive that I connected using firewire, since it is almost as fast as ...
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Is there a way to change order of physical disks in Corestorage

I upgraded existing system to a "Fusion drive" - corestorage volume - consisting of existing 300GB HDD and new 120GB SSD. Instead of creating a new corestorage drive I went with the route of ...
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Late 2009 MBP 15" battery drain on sleep after putting SSD and ram upgrade

I have a 2009 MacBook Pro (macbook pro 5.4) with Core 2 duo 2.53ghz 4GB RAM with 256 HDD. I upgraded the RAM and switched to SSD. Here are the specs: Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC ...
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Is “flash storage” the same “SSD”?

Looking to see if the two are interchangeable and if not what the differences are.
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How do I recover data from a dead MacBook Air?

Things I've tried: All of the key combinations, it does not respond to any of them. I can't boot from anything external, I tried removing the SSD which is an OWC Mercury Aura Pro 6G. It doesn't ...
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How to improve old, slow iMac — new SSD? Or more RAM?

I have an old iMac for the kids: iMac 8,1 Core2 Duo with 3GB (2+1) RAM that was recently upgraded it to Mavericks 10.9 It's running quite slow; free RAM is always pretty low. Apps run "OK" once ...
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Replacing DVD with SSD - What is the best way to test SSD reliability?

There have been some reports of specific SSD versions/speeds not working appropriately in specific MacBooks. Depending for example on SATA chipset etc. (e.g. saga-3 drives in old early 2011 MBP?). ...
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If I take the hard drive out of my macBook Pro and put it in a non-apple laptop, will it boot?

I've just upgraded my (2011) macBook Pro to use an SSD. So I've now got an old hard drive laying around with OS X on it. I've also got an old HP laptop laying around. If I put the drive in the ...
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FusionDrive seems to not use SSD

I'm trying to make a homebrew FD of 500GB HDD and 128GB SSD. I'm using Maverics 10.9.1 and MD101 MBP. What I did was: install HDD into superdrive bay install SSD into HDD compartment use diskutil ...
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Main partition on original Apple SSD or new Samsung PRO SSD in 2011 Macbook Pro?

A few questions here relate to replacing the optical drive with an additional HD or SSD. Its time for this to happen on my MBP 15 inch (late 2011). So I will effectively have: the original 256gb ...
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MacBook Pro updating to SSD

I have a 15-inch, Late 2011 macbook pro, i mainly use for programming, and occasionally watch a movie or two. Its getting a bit sluggish, and i reckon its time to update the HD to a SSD one. So my ...
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Installing an SSD in a MacBook Pro mid 2010 but OS X is on an external USB HDD

The HDD in my MacBook Pro failed so I followed some online instructions, and as I had a spare external USB HDD I ended up with the latest OS X Mavericks on the external HDD. It was all done by Apple ...
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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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Migration issue - duplicate user account

I've got a situation that I don't know how to resolve. I've had a Mac setup and all worked fine. I've bought an SSD drive, installed Mavericks and used the migration assistant to move all the stuff ...
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Installing OS X on new SSD with 10.8 found online

Since I had lost the cds that came with my MBP (late 2010/11 model - 10.6 OSX CDS) I couldnt continue with my OSX installation. I asked apple about purchasing the CDS but it would take for them to ...
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How to reformat/install new SSD on MBP late2010 using OS X Internet Recovery

I had been saving some money to buy an SSD and finally I did. My old HDDs motor shut down so I had to replace it. I put it in the macbook all good but it isnt recognized by the system as a hard drive ...
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Disk Utility stuck around 50% when formatting SSD

I bought a SSD drive for my early MacbookPro 2011, since my old HDD was very slow and with crazy IO activity when idle. I started the Internet Recovery Mode and opened the Disk Utility to format the ...
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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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iMac login screen a mess. Logging in crashes the machine. Able to go into safe mode

IMac 27" late 2009, replaced DVD drive with 256Gb SSD, replaced original failed drive with a 2Tb drive. Lived happily ever after for 3 years. So this is started a few days ago. All of a sudden ...
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Should I enable TRIM in Crucial M500 SSD over Mavericks?

I'm wondering what should I do with my Crucial M500 over my Macbook Pro with the last version of Mavericks. I've read that enabling TRIM also slow down a bit the writting/reading speed of the hard ...
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Sharp reduction in SSD read/write speed one day after installing it

I installed a Samsung 840 Pro 128 GB SSD on my MacBook Pro 2012 13″. I had installed OS X on my external drive and I did a disk copy to my SSD. When I did a speed check using Blackmagic Disk Speed ...
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Time Machine and an Unmounted Internal Drive

A couple of weeks back I put an SSD in my macbook, keeping the old spinning disk drive around using an expansion bay. Everything went fine, and I got it backing up. However, having the SSD around, I ...
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Has somebody upgraded an 27" iMac with Gravis Fusion drive?

Gravis offers to upgrade my Mid 2011 iMac (27") with a 250GB Samsung Fusion drive for around €400. They claim I can even keep my original 2TB HDD and my Super Drive. They say, they find space inside ...
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Is it safe to mount 2.5" SSD in Mac Pro w/o bracket?

I have a 2.5" SSD (Crucial CT480M500SSD1) that I want to use as my boot drive on my mid-2010 8-core Mac Pro. It doesn't fit the hard drive mounting brackets, which are designed for 3.5" drives. ...
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Changing SSD's and keeping everything

I have a mid 2010 13" MBP. I have an SSD, its not big enough so I am upgrading from 128GB to 256GB. How can I take everything from the current SSD and then upload it to the new SSD - effectively ...
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Can't format 2nd HDD in optical bay on Mid-2012 Macbook Pro 13

I have recently bought an SSD and a HDD caddy to do a SSD+HDD setup. After installing, I can't format or reliably use my HDD while it's in the optical bay. I installed the SSD in the place of the ...
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Mavericks install with Samsung 830 SSD?

Has anyone had success with installing Mavericks on a late model 2011 MBP with a Samsung 830 SSD? I was about to do it, but a quick google search turned up a number of slowness issues, e.g. ...
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When does macbook second HD work?

I changed my optical drive with my old HDD and it works great. Now i have a SSD samsung 840 evo 250 GB. The battery doesn't last as long as before, but still works quite well. The only thing it ...
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Boot Camp partition not listed in Windows Setup

I am trying to install Windows 8.1 (I have tried Windows 7). I put my USB stick and I used the Boot Camp assistant. Everything was copied with latest drivers, created Boot Camp partition. After that ...
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Mavericks unusable (beach ball) when CoreStorage fails

I have a Late 2008 MacBook Pro running OS X 10.9.1 (13B42) I've upgraded it with a 180GB Intel SSD 520 series (model INTEL SSDSC2CW180A3), which replaced the SuperDrive CD-rom, and I setup a Fusion ...
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Upgrading MacBook Pro 17" - do I need to connect old drive externally?

I am upgrading the HDD of a MBP 17" Mid-2009 to an SSD. I have an Airport Time Capsule with Time Machine backups in it. Do I still need to purchase a USB/SATA connector for my old drive or can I ...
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Can Super Duper perform “smart update” from SSD to HDD?

My goal is to create a bootable backup of my SSD boot drive on an external HDD. I'm using a Mac Pro mid-2010, so I can swap out the boot drive should my SSD ever get corrupted. Is there any reason ...
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MacPro 2010 adding SSD drive

I am looking to gain some performance enhancement by adding an SSD drive to my 2010 MacPro. I can mount it in a hard drive slot or get a PCI card and mount it there. The SATA speed of the Mac is ...
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SSD drive does not boot internally 13" Late 2011 MBP

I have a late 2011 macbook pro 13" on which i used a kingston 60gb v300 ssd in my primary slot and in the secondary slot i used the 500gb toshiba hdd the macbook pro came with. i've had the ssd since ...