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 An External Solid State Drive (SSD) Increase Performance In The Same Manner That An Internal One Would ?

I've read quite a bit on Ask Different and elsewhere about how fitting a Solid State Drive (SSD) is one of the best ways (if not the best way) to increase the performance of your Apple Mac computer. ...
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is it worth it to install SSD internally, instead of using USB3?

I prefer to keep my boot drive external, so that I can quickly boot using another Mac if my primary Mac fails. I use a USB3 drive dock to connect the drive to my Macs. I bought a 120GB SSD w/SATA3 ...
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Samsung SSD in older Imac (24" Alu)? Trim support?

I have an older 24" iMac (Model 8.1 with Mountain Lion) and would like to extend its life a bit by adding a 256GB SSD. Samsung SSDs seem to be coming down in price (and are possibly well reusable if ...
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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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MBP with Mountain Lion 10.8.3 loses connection to system SSD at random times and freezes

So, out of nowhere my 2009 MacBook (2,66 GHz Core 2 Duo, 8 GByte aftermarket ram) started freezing after 200+ days of uptime (sleep time included of course). I had installed a Crucial CT256M4SSD2 ...
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Macbook pro 2009 2.66 samsung SSD 830 won't boot internally

I'm trying to install a Samsung 830 GB in a MacBook Pro 2.66 (2009). It boots and works perfectly external using USB (im using it now) but not internally, so I was wondering what I have to do to make ...
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Replacing optical drive in macbook with SSD: does it matter where the SSD drive is installed?

I've just replaced my MacBook Pro's optical drive with an SSD. I used OWC's Data Doubler kit. I've moved my OS and all my data onto the SSD, and I'm now using it as my boot volume. In other threads, ...
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Does the use of SSD give one a dramatic performance boost?

I use Mac book pro 15", and it's time to buy a new one. For HDD, now I see a new option of SSD, which is pretty expensive. I can expect shorter boot-up time and faster access of files, but I'm not ...
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How can I best use an SSD?

I have a Mac Pro, and I've added an Intel 80GB SSD to improve performance in LightRoom and Photoshop. So far so good. But after moving all of my current work, catalogs, etc. to the SSD, I still have ...
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Is there a way to securely erase an SSD on my MacBook Air?

I have a late 2011 MacBook Air with an SSD and Lion. I used it for a while and then I activated File Vault 2. Now the data is encrypted, but I need to securely erase it so I can sell the computer. I ...
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What do I need to know to buy an SSD drive for a 2008 MacBook 5,1?

I'd like to buy an SSD drive for my MacBook aluminium (MacBook5,1 from 2008). What do I need to know to buy one which will work fine with it? I.e. years ago any IDE drive would fit any IDE slot, but ...
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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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OS on external SSD for performance?

I have a 2011 iMac 27", and back then opted for a HDD. Back then (and now still) I fear for the lifespan of SSDs, and hauling an iMac 27" to the store is cumbersome, so it looked the right choice. ...
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Fusion Drive: free space on SSD

Is there a possibility to find out how much storage is free on a SSD of a Fusion Drive disk (SSD + HDD as a logical device)? The structure I use is this one here: $ diskutil list /dev/disk0 #: ...
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restore MacBook from sparse image

I recently wiped my MBP hard drive as well as installing a new SSD. I have a sparseimage backup of my old drive (created with Carbon Copy Cloner) that I want to restore onto the SSD. I've tried to ...
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Do the 2011 MacBook Pros support a user-installed SSD in place of the HD

On the iMac there is some thermal sensor that connects to the hard drive and makes this a bit tricky since non-Apple SSDs don't have that feature. Is this true for the 2011 MacBook Pros?
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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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MacPro 1st Gen - can it handle SSDs?

I have a MacPro 1,1 and am considering putting an SSD in it to give it a boost. Can I safely assume compatibility or will its ancient hardware and architecture cause issues? It cannot, as I recently ...
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Why do I get back more disk space when I restart my Macbook on Mountain Lion 10.8.3?

I frequently run low on disk space on my laptop. When I'm down to my last gig or so on my 256MB SSD (as reported by iStat Menu), I'll get various warnings from the OS and apps saying that I'm running ...
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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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Upgrading new Mac Mini to have SSD. Do I have to buy Lion, or can I just re-download from App Store?

EDIT: The accepted answer below works, but I can also confirm that just booting the stock machine and visiting the App Store, you can just re-download it and make a boot USB drive before swapping out ...
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The volume “ok” could not be repaired

my macbook air 2011 just doesnt show the login window, after running fsck -yf it shows ... Failed to issue COM RESET successfully after 3 attempts. Failing... disk0s2: no such device disk0s2: media ...
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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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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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Disk Utility Disk Verification

I ran the "Verify Disk" tool in disk utility on my main disk called Macintosh HD, and it came up with this log: Verifying volume “Macintosh HD” Checking storage systemChecking volume. disk0s2: Scan ...
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Dedicated SSD/HDD to install Windows on a MacBook

So I have a Late 2008 unibody MacBook. I recently bought a caddy to replace my optical drive with so I can fit a secondary drive in the laptop. I have a 256 SSD in the main and a brand new 128 SSD to ...
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OS X breaks if I apply HFS compression to the whole volume. What do I need to exclude?

OS X breaks if I apply HFS compression to the whole volume. (It won't boot.) What do I need to exclude? I've been able to compress large parts of it, but then I had to restore after I compressed ...
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Fusion Drive not moving data back to SSD - anyone encounter this?

I'm about to buy a Mac Mini and have got the DIY Fusion Drive parts handy. I'm actually a bit on the fence about the choice of manual SSD+HDD separation with the aid of symlinks and proper Fusion ...
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Accessing my old FileVault2 encrypted drive from my new SSD

I'm almost ready to mount my new Crucial M4 SSD into my MBP Unibody13" and move my old HDD into an Optibay caddy. (Finally, thanks to an Amazon's discount..) I would like to install a fresh Mountain ...
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How to store sleepimage on secondary HDD on Mac OS X 10.6?

I have a MBP 2010 with Snow Leopard on it. I put an SSD in the place of DVD Drive and am using an awesome SSD(80GB)+HDD(500GB) combo for speed and efficiency for the right price. All I want to do is ...
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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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MacOS X installer and Disk Utility does not recognize the SSD drive on MBA 1,1

I've tryed to upgrade my original MBA with SSD (item on eBay), but Disk Utility in the MacOS installer does not recognize it. I've tryed to boot from Ubuntu Live USB, but GParted does see it too. How ...
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iMac with aftermarket SSD - blank login screen [closed]

Here's a tough one for you. I installed an SSD in the optical drive slot of my 2009 iMac a few months ago. It's the system drive, working in conjunction with the old internal hard drive. On occasion, ...
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Would upgrading to SSD solve my performance issues?

My MacBook Pro specifications are: Core2Duo 2.65 Ghz 4 GB RAM 320 GB HD Performance is killing me literally. Really long response time. Do you suggest to replace the Hard disk with SSD one ? Is ...
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Is it possible to upgrade the SSD in a 2011 model Macbook Pro?

I have a 2011 model MacbookPro (MacBookPro8,2) which came with a 128GB SSD. I would like to upgrade the SSD to a larger size without voiding my AppleCare. Is it possible to upgrade the SSD at all? ...
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Why is my MacBook stalling occasionally since being upgraded with an SSD?

I upgraded my 6 year old MacBook Core Duo with a 120GB SanDisk Extreme SSD. The results are pretty incredible considering the age of the computer. The only problem I'm having are intermittent stalls. ...
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Can't log in as user. SSD drive from broken macbook inserted into a new macbook.

Pre-story: An older 2009 Macbook Pro 13"’s logic board has broken and I’ve got a working 2010 Macbook Pro 13". Old Macbook was upgraded with SSD drive that was used as a system drive and home folder ...
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SSD OEM Exact Model, Part Number and Manufacturer in MacBook Pro (Mid 2012)

Does anyone know the exact manufacturer, Apple part number or model number of a 512GB SSD drive in a BTO MacBook Pro (Mid 2012)? I cannot find any teardown photos or System Information screenshots ...
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Fusion Drive Setup: Possible to force the HDD to spin down as long as your reading from/writing to the SSD?

I'm considering to replace my optical drive in my MacBook Pro with an SSD. When using it as separate Volume, the advantage is that you can spin down the HDD, thus reduce noise and first and foremost, ...
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Fusion Drive with SSD and HHD Hybrid Drive (e.g. Seagate Momentum XT 750 GB with 8 GB SSD): Good idea or plain nonsense?

I’ve seen numerous instructions on how to setup a Fusion Drive from your own SSD and HD, e.g. Can I make a DIY Fusion Drive? Very silly question: How would a Fusion Drive built from an SSD and a ...
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Second SATA drive stopped working (after lion upgrade)

Since I upgraded to Lion, my second SATA drive stopped working. The issue occurs only for reading files, not writing. I can unmount it, but I can't rename nor delete files. I have two SSDs installed ...
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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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What terminal command or program can list an SSD's Power On Hours?

I'm looking to script using the unix shell the retrieval of SSD (and HDD) data that disk utility shows in the information window. I'm immediately interested in the Power On Hours and Power Cycle, ...
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Selecting a SSD for Fusion Drive

My aging Early 2009 Macbook White is getting a bit long in the tooth, so after learning about Fusion Drive, I'm considering combining the existing 500GB HDD with a budget-to-medium-class SSD drive, ...
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Symlinked Movies and Downloads. Restore icons?

I've recently replaced the optical drive of my Macbook Pro with an SSD and installed Mountain Lion freshly on there. This leaves the HDD available as well and on by popular suggestion I've symlinked a ...
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Booting from SSD in optibay (MacBook Pro mid-2010)

I'm considering putting in an SSD for extra space and faster boot times and such in my MacBook Pro Mid-2010. Due to losing the sudden motion sensor if I move the existing mechanical HD to the ...
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Should I enable Trim for SSD drives in Windows / VirtualBox?

I understand that Trim exists for OSX Mountain Lion, but is there anything I should do for Windows on Virtualbox in this regard?
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Will internal HDD spin down when a Mac is booted from another internal SSD?

On my MacBook Pro, I am planning on removing the optical drive and adding an SSD to the mix. Since Apple doesn't support this configuration, I don't find any official documentation covering SSD in the ...
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What is writing to Disk causing eventual Beach-ball-of-death

What is running my machine down? This is iotop output...I still can't tell what is driving my system to a halt. Command+i on the SSD shows my "used space" slowly changing. It does this for about an ...
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What type of bracket to use for HDD/SSD in optical bay? (MCE vs. OWC)

Looking for a bracket/adapter/caddy for installing a HDD/SSD where the MacBook Pro SuperDrive used to be. There are two general types: 1) Minimalist open-type brackets (in the truest sense of the ...