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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Why would I disable swap file in Mac OS X?

I came across a thread about installing an SSD drive in MacBook Pro. Someone in the comments also recommended to disable the swap file but didn't say why: sudo launchctl unload -w ...
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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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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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SSD causes freezes and beach balls

I replaced my MacBook Pro optical drive with an Agility 3 SSD from OCZ, currently operating at SATA I speed only (it should run at SATA II speed, but that's another story). After a clean install of ...
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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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Is it possible to make a bootable USB stick for a Macbook Pro to do firmware update?

I know there are some possible duplicates. But the questions are not solved. Such as: Copy Crucial SSD Firmware Update ISO to Bootable USB I am trying to upgrade the firmware of my SSD (crucial m500) ...
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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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Macbook late-2008 and Samsung SSD 830: what happened

I'm trying to install a Samsung SSD 830 256 Gb disk as main disk on my macbook late-2008. I had several problems with my disk due to a couple of wrong choices (you can read the story here). I booted ...
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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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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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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 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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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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Can I make a DIY Fusion Drive?

I have a Mac Mini with two drives: a 256GB SSD and a 500GB HDD. From what I've read, the new Fusion Drive does all of it's magic in software, using the Core Storage APIs. Can I get my setup to ...
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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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Issues with installing SSD instead of DVD drive?

It is common to replace a MacBook Pro's hard disk drive (HDD) with an solid state drive (SSD), however, that may pose a threat to the HDD if installed in the optical bay instead of the SuperDrive.* ...
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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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MBP mid-2012 with SSD, does not hibernate

Specs: 15" MBP mid-2012. Upgraded to Gskill 16GB RAM. Mountain Lion 10.8.2 installed in 128GB Plextor M5 Pro SSD in the optibay. Problem: My MBP doesn't hibernate anymore. Whether when battery runs ...
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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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Is it worth it to upgrade a mid-2007 MacBook (MB061LL/A) to use an SSD?

I would sincerely love a new MacBook, but I can't justify spending the prices that are being touted by Apple what with life to pay for and everything. I upgraded my memory to 2GB a while ago, but am ...
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Speeding up iMac (early 2006

I have an early 2006 iMac, the first with Intel CPU and now I am looking for speeding it up a little. I maxed out the RAM (2G) and my only other option is to install an SSD drive there. First of ...
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What to do when having I/O (kernel panic) errors with Samsung 830 SSD on a mid 2009 MacBook Pro?

I am trying to upgrade my mid 2009 13" MacBook Pro with a Samsung 830 SSD but I am experiencing a lot of issues. The issues starts at installation time, when I sometimes get a kernel panic when I try ...
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What happens at the user/OS level when an SSD finally wears out?

I have been reading up on SSD technology and don't know of any first hand reports on what happens when an SSD eventually fails due to over use. I am most interested in the SSD that apple includes as a ...
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Will heavy duty testing and development cause my MB Air's SSD to crash soon? How to prevent it?

I just recently bought a MacBook Air 2013 (i7 with 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD drive). I am a programmer, and my daily jobs would involve a lot of testing on that machine, including setting up databases, ...
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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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Disk Utility does not show OK message after Verify Disk

Rebooted and Verified Disk twice. There is no OK message and stops here: Is it a new behaviour under Mavericks, or something wrong? How can I fix it?
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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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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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Turning off hibernate on a MacBook Pro with an SSD

I've been reading several articles on the Internet how to "optimize your Mac with an SSD". I'm not sure whether or not to agree with the articles because I think that Apple knows what's the best ...
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FusionDrive + Encrypted CoreStorage Volume - Problems writing to volume

Has anyone had experience with encrypted (home made!) FusionDrive volumes and intermittent failure of writes to this disk? I'm on a Late 2011 MBP 13" with (currently) 4 GB RAM, a 128 GB SSD and a 750 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Optimize macbook pro for internal SSD+HDD drives

I upgraded my MacBook Pro by replacing the SuperDrive with an SSD. I'm now using the SSD as the boot volume and have all my applications. My home folder is on the HDD. My question is how to best ...
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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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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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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. ...