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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TRIM won't turn on Samsung 256GB 840 Pro

I've just changed to a SSD and am trying to enable TRIM by following this guide - https://digitaldj.net/blog/2011/11/17/trim-enabler-for-os-x-lion-mountain-lion-mavericks/ Everything executes fine ...
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Copy Crucial SSD Firmware Update ISO to Bootable USB

I want to start with the Crucial SSD Firmware Update and copy the ISO to a bootable Mac USB stick, using a minimal set of tools. I hope that means using only built-in Mac software, such as Disk ...
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SSD upgrade for 2013 21" iMac?

I have got an iMac (EMC 2638) here, with 1TB hard drive. I have read that there is a PCIe SSD slot on those iMacs as well, originally for the fusion drive. Is it possible to upgrade my iMac with such ...
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SSD upgrade for mid 2012 MBP

I recently started getting performance issues with my MBP while running apps like Xcode and Eclipse. A quick diagnostic of the system showed that it thrashed over 458k times. Vendor Specific SMART ...
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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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How to securely erase an arbitrary SATA drive, utilizing the drive firmware to do so?

The problem with using Disk Utility or dd if=/dev/zero to erase a disk is that: It applies unnecessary wear to SSD drives. It sends the drive's capacity worth of zeroes over the drive's interface. ...
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Trim Enabler w/disabled kext signing - is it possible to get warning of or track source of kext installs? - security with kext-signing disabled

The goal is to track when kexts are installed and determine whence kexts came. For instance TRIM is disabled for 3rd party drives in OS X Yosemite. To use a utility like Trim Enabler one must disable ...
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How to install SSD on late 2007 MacBook Pro (15 inch)

I have a slot on the left-hand side of my MacBook Pro (late 2007, NOT a unibody) and am wondering: is this slot suited for an SSD that I can simply stick in? Or would I have to install an SSD ...
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Internal SSD not visible

When I boot up my Macbook Air (circa Sept 2013, running Mountain Lion), I get a folder with a "?", indicating the SSD is not visible. This started when I tried installing an Office upgrade, and ...
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Has anyone zero'd the cells on an SSD? [closed]

Has anyone zero'd the cells on an SSD? I've read that this is possible essentially making your ssd "new again"—has anyone tried this method? ...
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Cloning my SSD into bigger one

I have a 128gb SSD running MacOSX, I have another 2TB spinning disk too, I have a bunch of symlinks so that ordinary directories that do not need SSD speed are put on the 2TB disk (Downloads, Desktop, ...
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Unable to partition hard drive with Yosemite (Disk Utility hangs)

I have a 2007 model Macbook Pro running Yosemite 10.10.1. My father recently upgraded my hard drive for me from the stock 320GB hdd to a hybrid 500GB hdd. He's not really a Mac user and said there ...
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My PCIe SSD crashed during OS reinstall, now will not mount, unmount, repair

While I'm pretty sure I totally broke the partition table, I've been unable to fix it using tools like testdisk and diskwarrior. My machine crashed during installation of 10.8 OSX on a mercury ...
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How can I verify that a DIY Fusion Drive is working as it should?

I installed an SSD in my 2011 Mac Mini to run alongside the stock 500GB HDD. After carefully reading through a number of tutorials, I used Terminal to merge them into a single "Fusion Drive". I cloned ...
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Should I enable TRIM with a third party (non-Apple) SSD?

I have an Intel 320 Series 120 GB solid state drive installed in the optical drive bay of my 2012 MacBook Pro 13". I'm not sure whether to use TRIM Enabler to enable TRIM. I did enable it before on ...
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Macbook Pro Retina 13 (late 2012) SSD replacement, putting in a SATA 2.5' SSD drive?

Macbook Pro Retina 13 (late 2012) SSD replacement, putting in a SATA 2.5' drive? Before you jump in and say no it can't be done please read the below information to see it can be done. The late 2012 ...
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Deleting content of /private/tmp moved on different HDD

I have a Macbook pro with 2 internal HD (stock HD for data and data doubler + SSD in place of the optical drive, hosting the OS). I'm now trying to optimize this setup to take into account the ...
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About to sell my 2013 rMac. Is 3 pass zero enough?

I plan on selling my late 2013 rMBP soon. I was wondering what your opinions are on me using a 3 pass zero on a SSD? Is it enough? I do have some sensitive data on there (bank info, passwords to ...
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Macbook Pro 13" Mid 2014 disk defect?

I just bought a MBP 13" mid 2014 with a 128 GB SSD. When doing a disk speed test with the Black Magic Design-app, I only get about 210 MB/s write and about 510-550 MB/s read. All the benchmark videos ...
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28 pin SSD adapter or enclosure needed for Late 2014 MBP

I've been trying to find an adapter for a Late 2014 MBP Retina SSD. Standard msata didn't fit, and from a few consumer reviews of other enclosures and adpaters, it seems to be uncertain if one exists. ...
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SSD In iMac G4 not recognized

I recently bought an SSD and an IDE to SATA adapter. I've installed these into my iMac G4 (it's the 20" 1.25GHz model) neither the Leopard installer or Disk Utility will recognize it. The SSD is ...
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MacBook Pro will boot only after a SMC reset

I replaced the hard drive in my MacBook Pro (mid-2010) with a SSD one. I installed Mac OS X 10.9. At first the installer wasn't able to find the new SSD drive, because of a error: "SerialATAPI device ...
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Upgrading to SSD on 2010 MBP

I have a mid-2010 MacBook Pro, which I want to upgrade with an SSD in the Optical Drive slot and create a Fusion Drive (using the Terminal diskutil command in Recovery Mode) and then re-install OS X ...
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Is buying from the Apple website VS Apple Store any different?

I am interested in buying the new Apple MacBook Pro 15''. I wanted a somewhat personalized version though (500 GB SSD / 16 GB ram) which is not the "basic" one. My question is this: does the Apple ...
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When I want to install TeamViewer 10, why can't I select my system disk as the distination?

Seems it happened when I want to install other softwares before (but I can't remember which). I have a 128G SSD as the system disk, but it doesn't even appear as an option in the installer. How can I ...
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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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Do I need to get separate SATA cables to upgrade my SSD to another SSD, and my optical drive to an HDD?

I have a 13" mid 2012 MacBook Pro, and I want to upgrade the storage capabilities. Specifically, I want to replace my 125 GB SSD with a 250 GB SSD, and my optical drive with a 1 TB HDD. The SSD ...
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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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OS X install on SSD hangs every time

I've got an early 2011 13" MBP with a 120GB SSD, formerly part of a DIY Fusion Drive, that I'm trying to install Yosemite on. Every time I try to install from my bootable drive, it hangs at the exact ...
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Macbook Air Hardware Fault

Somebody has given me an Apple Macbook Air 1.1 to fix. Unfortunately I have very little experience with Macs. Symptoms are: *Computer runs incredibly slow to the extent that I have never seen one so ...
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SSD Issue - TRIM related?

I'd bought an SSD that I'd put in my early 2011 13" MBP to make a DIY Fusion Drive in conjunction with the original 500GB HDD. A few weeks ago, I enabled TRIM (using TRIM Enabler). 5 days later, the ...
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How does TRIM Enabler work?

I recently bought a third part (OCZ) SSD and used Trim Enabler to, well, enable TRIM. I've noticed that some software updates can cause TRIM to be disabled, and have thus been curious about how TRIM ...
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SSD is not recognised with the internal SATA cable (13" 2010 MBP)

It's pretty weird, seeing that HDD's are recognisable, and that SSD works when in an enclosure (Crucial M500). I've read somewhere that it could be an issue with the cable, but I bought a replacement ...
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OS X takes long to boot after starting rEFInd once

I have an SSD in my MacBook (Pro 9,2; encrypted), and until recently, the apple icon appeared almost immediately after pressing the power button. Soon after that I would be able to unlock the disk ...
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Change home directory with symlink

I added an SSD to my system, so now I have a boot drive on the SSD and my home directory on a different volume. I successfully changed the home directory as specified in Change Users Home Directory. ...
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Drive name red in Disk Utility: Core Storage Drive offline. How to bring back?

Yesterday, my mac wouldn't boot up. When I restarted, I could get the whole way to the User login screen. No matter what user I chose, the boot bar would get about 1/3 way finished and I would get ...
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Do Solid State Drives need Power Management? Do they need sleep?

Is there any positive (or negative) to checking the power management option "Put hard disks to sleep" when I only have a SSD drive installed? Is there any difference if I'm connected to another ...
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iTunes could not back up the iPhone because the backup could not be saved on the computer. Please Disconnect and reconnect Iphone and try again

Hi I'm Running Yosemite on Macbook 5,1 Late 2008 2.0GHz with SSD for apps and HDD for data. I'm Trying to back-up my iPhone on the computer but i'm not able. I tried restarting both computer and ...
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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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How to securely erase an SSD drive?

I'm pretty new to SSD technology, so I don't know how it compares to hard drives when it comes to securely erasing the drive. Is it enough to run Disk Utility and erase the drive with the option ...
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Should i Buy SSD first or RAM for my Macbook?

I have a macbook pro 15 inch mid 2010. For school i have to use mostly Adobe applications but they take so long to boot up. Not only these programs but other programs too. What should i do to improve ...
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SSD not selectable for Yosemite installation

When I try to install Yosemite the SSD is not found. the Disk Utility lists the SSD, but does not give me the possibility to erase the disk. Any advices? Thanks
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Macbook Lion Recovery Disk Utilities cannot detect newly installed SSD

I just installed the SSD and I cannot detect the SSD in Disk Utilities of the recovery disk. Even trying to restore from time machine backup it cannot find any disk it can restore to. I am restoring ...
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Would and SSD or RAM be the better upgrade in this situation?

I feel I'm making this post more for validation than anything, but I want to get some of your opinions as well. My friend contacted me the other day asking how she could make her MacBook Pro run a ...
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I keep deleting files but my Macbook Pro hard drive is still full [duplicate]

I have a MacBook Pro (late 2011) with a 500Gb SSD hard drive. Today suddenly it said that my hard drive was full, so I started removing the files. Got rid of lots of Gigas, even the sleepimage file, ...
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SSD totally bricked after installing in different laptop

I've never had this issue before: I had an OWC ssd in my 2009 macbook pro, and I put it into a 2008 aluminum macbook. It worked perfectly. Then, I took it out and put it back in my macbook pro, but ...
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Crucial M500 480gb SSD Replacement for stock HDD on Late 2011 MacBook Pro keeps freezing

First, I apologize for the length of this. I want to make sure I get all the facts out so that hopefully I can get some help. There is s TL;DR version below if you don't want the blow-by-blow ...
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Partition problem after HDD to SSD swap

Recently decided to replace my nearly full 500GB HDD with a 1TB SSD to breathe some new life into my mid-2010 Macbook Pro. I used a toaster-style drive cloner (Dyconn Dubbler) to do a sector by sector ...
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iMac 27inch + SSD and HD + Filevault + Yosemite

I have an iMac 2011, 27 inch model. It's got a 1TB hard drive, but I want to add a SSD drive then upgrade to Yosemite. I also require FileVault 2. How hard is it to add the SSD drive, then do a new ...
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2 different types of Booting? MBPr mid-2014

So i just got a new mac book pro retina 15inch, yesterday. When I used it for the first few hours, the way it would boot, it would appear to boot like in 2 seconds, it'd go straight to the user login ...