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 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 ...
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How to keep /Volumes symbolic links from getting auto-deleted?

I moved my /Users directory to a separate disk/partition (to get it off my SSD boot disk) as per this post. However, some things (like double-clicks of .html files to be viewed in a an Opera browser) ...
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How to install the OS with a new Hard drive?

I've just bought my first Mac, a Macbook pro(with an hdd), and I'm thinking in buying an ssd and replace the hdd. But the computer came with no dvd of the OS. I know that in the hdd there is a restore ...
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How to install an Operating System after replacing optical Drive by a second HDD on MacBook white late 2009?

I want to improve the performance of my MacBook white by donating it a Solid State Drive. Because the prices are too high and I don't want to get stuck in space shortage, I thought of replacing the ...
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Are the two SATA bus interfaces in the 2010 Mac mini equal in speed?

I want to replace the DVD in my old 2010 mac mini with a SSD but first I would like to know if the two SATA interfaces are equal when it comes to speed. I would prefer to keep the harddrive on the ...
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SSD lifetime, hibernation, and mobile TM

I've recently gotten a 2012 MacBook Air 13". It is wonderful, however, I've been stressing about the life of the SSD. I understand that Apple probably would not sell an SSD machine with defaults that ...
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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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Recommended MacBook Pro 13 (mid 2012) SSD upgrade?

I am going to buy the high end MacBook Pro mid 2012. I want to get an SSD, but the BTO options given by Apple are too pricey in my opinion. Which third party SSD (512 GB) are recommended (for ...
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How to upgrade HDD to SSD and replace the optical drive with HDD?

I am trying to understand the process of switching out my HDD for an SSD and then replacing my optical drive with the same HDD just removed in a late 2011 Macbook Pro 15.4". Is there any benefit to ...
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What is an SSD drive's negotiated link speed?

When I look at my Apple SSD TS256C (Toshiba) in the System Profiler on my MacBook Pro (Late 2011), I see: Link Speed: 6 Gigabit Negotiated Link Speed: 3 Gigabit Why is that? Does that mean ...
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SataIII SSD and 1,5 negotiated speed MBP5,1

I bought today a SSD hard drive (Kingston HyperX 3K 120Gb) and the problem is the negotiated velocity speed is set to SATA I (1.5 Gigabit), but the negotiated velocity should be SATA II (3 Gigabit). ...
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Why can't Software Update connect after SSD upgrade?

I upgraded my MacBook Pro (Early 2009) with a Samsung 830 SSD with 256GB and an iFixit hard drive bay. After cloning my harddrive with Carbon Copy Cloner to the SSD I put the SSD into the MacBook Pro ...
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Trying to upgrade, OS X installer can't find hard drive

The hard drive in my mom's MacBook (2,1) was dying so I got her an Adata SSD and replaced the original hard drive with it. I booted it up with her original Mac OS 10.4 install CD and used disk utility ...
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What happens when you remove (or lose) the SSD from a Fusion Drive?

After storing data on a Fusion Drive, is it possible to downgrade your Mac to use the hard drive (HDD) by just removing the solid state drive (SSD)? In particular, I was wondering what happens when ...
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SSD Sleep or Shut Down?

I have a MacBook Pro with SSD drive. I am concerned that leaving it on (closing the lid when not in use) will wear out the SSD drive quicker than fully shutting the system off. The boot up time is ...
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Add SSD to iMac: Thunderbolt or internal?

Is there any thunderbolt SSD which can be as fast or at least not much slower than internal one from OWC? I want to use is as system disk. It will be good to have two thunderbolt ports on this thing ...
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SSD in external usb 3.0 case not recognized

Mac mini 2009 Intel SSD 330 60 Gb IcyBox IB-AC603a USB 3.0 I can't see the SSD in Desktop nor in Disk Utility. I don't know what to do as it is said to be USB 2.0 friendly in case's documentation.
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Is a 3-5 second delay normal for a Retina MacBook Pro to wake up from sleep?

For 3 days, I now got a new rMBP. I am a first time Mac user. I had a friend with a MBP and it usually wakes up in a mere second, as soon as he opens the laptop's lid up. However in my Retina MBP, it ...
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Discrepancies in available capacity of Macbook Air SSD

I bought a MBA with an SSD advertised to be 256GB. The actual unformatted capacity, according to the system info tool, is only 251000193024 bytes. This is only 233 Gibi (2^30) bytes, or 251 Giga ...
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How to determine how used up my ssd is?

I have a Late 2011 Mac Book Pro with 256GB SSD, and I run a lot of virtual machines and apps that do disk io, database, development environment, application servers. I usually only have about 15GB of ...
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OSX Lion freeze after sleep

Sometimes, after I wake up my MBP from sleep I get the screen shown in picture. Once I click somewhere in the middle of the screen I get the log in window. When I log in all the windows/apps that were ...
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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 Pro mid2010 SSD optibay upgrade - SandForce?

I want to replace Superdrive in my MBP mid 2010 with Otpibay SSD. I have 2nd revision (rev 2/rev B) of mother board replaced due to GPU problems. Which drive should I consider? I would like to omit ...
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Do SSDs need to be defragmented?

I'm not sure if solid state drives need defragmentation. Can anyone tell me if this requirement goes away with the new technology?
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SSD adapter for optical drive

I'm going to add a SSD drive to my macbook pro. I'm wondering if the optical drive adapter can have any influence on the disk speed, taking it down from a SATA III to a SATA II or I.
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“This version of OSX is not supported on this platform.” when booting 2012 Mac Mini with SSD drive from previous system

When trying to boot a 2012 Mac Mini (purchased from apple.com) with the SSD drive from my previous system (a 2009 MBP), I get "This version of OSX is not supported on this platform". The version of ...
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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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Booting internally from a harddrive that was used on a different Mac

I just bought a new Mac Mini 2012 and have just replaced the drive in it with an SSD from my old MBP. Now the Mac Mini wont boot anymore, showing a stop sign when I try (after holding alt to begin ...
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mba 2012 protect data against theft

I'm looking for a way to protect my data files on my macbook air 2012 I'm a sales rep with sensitive client data. Always moving with my laptop in sleep mode. So far I have my password set up, ...
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What speed is the SATA controller in a July 2012 macbook pro?

I'm thinking about buying a macbook pro (latest 2012 version) and it seems sensible (from a financial point of view) to buy the standard built in hard disk and do the upgrade to SSD myself. In order ...
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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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Slow SSD Performance on iMac

I recently replaced my broken SuperDrive with an OCZ Agility 3 120GB SSD with the following specs: 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s SandForce 2281 Controller Read 525Mb/s Write 500Mb/s 85K IOPS I have an ...
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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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Are there any downsides to cloning an HDD to an SSD?

I'm setting up a MacBook (2009 unibody, for the record) for a friend. There's currently a regular HDD in the machine, and I'm going to be putting a fresh install of Mountain Lion and iLife on it, ...
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Can I extend my MacBook Air 13.3 A1369 SSD to 512GB?

So the question in the title “Can I extend my MacBook Air 13.3 A1369 SSD to 512GB?”
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Where does a Fusion Drive store Time Machine local backups? Should I disable local backups?

Time Machine in OS X does store local backups (snapshots) on the local harddrive if you have Time Machine enabled. Even if you backup regularly, the size of the local backups increases steadily. In a ...
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Large difference in reported free disk space

I have a strange discrepancy in the amount of free disk space that's being reported. The finder says: My iStat Menus says: Which is the same as df -h reports: remco@Prosperpine ~ $ df -h ...
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Migrating solid state drive to new machine

I had a solid state drive running Snow Leopard in a 15' Macbook Pro, unfortunately I fried the logic board and got a new computer. I'd like to use the SSD in the new computer (which is set up to run ...