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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 ...
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Can I upgrade my MacBook Pro Retina?

So I saw around on the internet that people have changed their HDD to an SSD on their MacBook Pro which people say helps in speed. This might seem silly to ask here for some of you but I like to get ...
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Modify SATA link speed down (Mac won’t boot)

I have a MacBook Pro (Early 2011, MacBookPro8,2) which I cannot reboot, otherwise I have to reinstall Mavericks every time. Sleep mode works, luckily, but sometimes I need to reboot. In April my HDD ...
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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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Drive speeds … PCIe vs external thunderbolt SSD

I have a new 2014 MacBook Pro with 1TB internal PCIe SSD. Blackmagic Disk Speed Test is reporting read/write speeds of over 900MB/s. I am debating whether to swap this machine for a 512GB one (saving ...
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Thunderbolt SSD or USB 3 SSD - Need an external SSD drive

I'm planing to get an SSD(500GB) probably Samsung EVO or Corsair(LS,LX,GT) & seagate thunderbolt adapter for my macbook pros' 2011 and 2013 Retina. ⌘ - I've already upgraded my 2011 MBP with ...
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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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SSD on OSX Mountain Lion says it's almost full but isn't

So, first things first, my mac is a hackintosh so my issue may be some weird issue due to that. However, I was wondering if what I'm experiencing is signs of ssd failure. I have a 128gb ssd in the rig ...
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OS X 10.9.4 shows wrong used disk space

The used disk space reported in About My Mac is inconsistent (MacBook Air, mid 2012). Notice that the used space for Apps is greater than my disk size. I tried different ways to fix it (Disk ...
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Is there TRIM support in OS X 10.6.9 for PowerPC?

A friend of mine has a PowerBook running 10.6.9. To give it another lease of life, he'd like to install an SSD. Question is: does OS X on PPC have TRIM support?
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Does any data go into SSD from bootable OS USB (besides OS itself)?

I made a bootable OS 10.6 in my external HD with Disc Utility's partition & restore functions (with the "source" (as OS disc) and "destination" method...) And I used that to do a clean OS install ...
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Upgrading a 2010 Macbook pro

I have a 17" Macbook Pro, mid 2010, with a 2.66 GHz core i7. It has 4GB of memory and a 500 GB sata hard drive (5400 rpm). With this specification, if I have to update one and only one part of my ...
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Trying to play steam pc games on my macbook pro

So I was wondering if I put parallels on a ssd (256 GB) and kept Mac os x on a HDD and had 16 GB ram would It be good enough to play steam games.I dont care about graphics cards, Im just wondering ...
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Is it safe to restore the ~/Library folder?

I have just replaced my magnetic hard drive with a new and fast SSD drive. I have placed the old drive in an external case, so all the files are available, and all the data was successfully ...
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Issues putting a hard drive in the optical bay of my early 2011 MacBook Pro

I'm asking for help for my brother! I recently switched over to a dual hard-drive setup, and it worked perfectly. However, my brother is having issues. First off, here is the hard drive we are ...
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SSD Partition Corrupted

I recently installed a dual-drive setup where I have an SSD and an HDD. I had installed the OS and Apps on the SSD, and other stuff stayed on HDD. Recently my battery died, and I have been using the ...
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MacBook Pro 2013 hard drive upgradable?

My MacBook Pro late-2011 model was recently stolen when someone broke into our car. Luckily there weren't too many other items in the car and my computer was fully backed-up. I am looking for a new ...
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Deleted iTunes matched songs still taking up space

I recently turned on iTunes Match and opted to delete local copies of my music. After doing so, my available space on my SSD did not report a change, despite deleting almost 100GB of tracks. Is this ...
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How to share files between OSX and Windows 8 dual boot?

I'll be getting my first MacBook Pro today. Late 2013 with 256GB of SSD space. For my development activities, I'll be needing Windows 8.1 running alongside OSX. I've done some reading on both ...
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Boot camp attempting to boot off wrong MBP internal drive

I have an early 2011 17-inch MBP running the latest version of Mavericks. The primary drive is a 1TB SSD and I also have a 512GB SSD in the optical bay. BootCamp is installed on a partition on the ...
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Clone HDD running Yosemite [closed]

So I made the mistake of upgrading to Yosemite and I can't revert back to Mavericks. I bought this SSD and am trying to clone my HDD. However Carbon Copy says it does not support Yosemite, are there ...
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A tricky Bootcamp/SSD problem

I have a 2009 unibody Macbook Pro 13". Last year I took out the optical drive, replaced it with the original hard drive and installed a 256GB SSD in its place. I then setup Win7 on a small (75GB) ...
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Macbook 5,2 (Mid-2009) optical bay hard drive enclosure

I was wondering what about my Mid-2009 Macbook makes optical hard drive enclosures like this one incompatible with the enclosure. And if there is another way that could get a second drive in there.
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How to see total uptime on a mac [duplicate]

Back when I had a Windows machine I used a program called CrystalDiskInfo to see total hours of operation of my computer. I only used the numbers for fun or to like indicate how "used" my PC was.. ...
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How to use Time Machine to back up a partitioned drive?

My MBP was originally a single SSD partition, which I backed up with Time Machine to an external USB HD. I created a new partition on the SSD for Yosemite, and am running the MBP on 10.10, although ...