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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Mac OS X cannot find the hard drive (anywhere)

I suspect this is a dead hard drive issue: blinking question mark folder at startup resetting PRAM has no effect single user mode not available with Cmd-S When I get to Internet Recovery mode, the ...
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Merge two disks to RAID 0 and keep my installation

I've got two 128Gb SSDs installed in my MacBook Pro. Originally I had one for the system (named Calcium), and one for the /Users folder, symlinked into the first (named Users). As I ran out of space ...
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Would Apple (UK) change a part with another for you?

I was just wondering if Apple would swap my Optical Drive on my MacBook Pro for an SSD, and how much it would cost, as I would rather they do it and I keep my warranty then doing it myself and losing ...
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Is my SATA cable damaged?

Macbook Pro Mid 2012, original SSD. TLDR; Why could I clone my unmountable drive from an external enclosure but not internally? My SSD broke down a few days ago. It was detected, but I was unable to ...
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How to include secondary drives' files into 'All My Files' feature

I have a dual drive setup (SSD as boot, HDD for storage in my Mac). I would like to know how I can include files form my HDD into finders features like 'All My Files'
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Space issues with Mac Pro OSX 10.7.5 with SSD 120G as boot volume

Issue is most obvious in Final Cut Pro (10.0.8), but has occurred with other apps. I can't find a way to lower the footprint on the SSD. I only have one user (me) and have nearly all the apps on the ...
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Tool for determining performance bottleneck

I am using my early 2011 MacBook Pro for iOS development, Photoshop work, and the like, and it is at times quite sluggish. Is there a tool that I can just run for a day, and then look at the ...
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TRIM enabled on new Macbook Pro Mac OS X 10.8.4

I'm a newbie with Mac's, so I have a quick question. Just got a new Macbook Pro with a SSD, and been reading some things about SSD lifespan and enabling TRIM. In my system properties I have the ...
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Is there room for two drives in the 27" 2012 iMac?

I've looked around a bit, but can't find anybody saying whether there is room in the new slim iMac for an extra internal SSD. I used this tutorial about a year ago to add an additional SSD to my Mid ...
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Has Apple added universal TRIM support with OS 10.8.4?

I used to enable TRIM using 3rd party software, and I had to do it all the time Apple released a minor upgrade. Recently I installed OS X 10.8.3 on a SSD and when I was ready to install the SSD in a ...
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Waiting for disks to reappear on SSD new install

I just installed a new Samsung SSD 840 PRO in an Early 2011 Macbook Pro, trying to format drive and it is stuck on: "Waiting for disks to reappear" What should I do now?
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Reverting from Mavericks to Mountain Lion on dual SSD's in RAID 0

So I have my MBP Late 2011 setup with Dual SSD's in a RAID 0 Configuration. Since this is a software RAID, I don't have a functioning Recovery HD and I need to erase the Mac and get back to a stable ...
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How do I copy my HD to my SSD?

I just recently replaced my SuperDrive with my Mac's HD and put a new SSD into HD spot. How can I download and install the OS into the new SSD and copy all my files there? The SSD is smaller in size, ...
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Comparing performance between the 2012/2013 MBA 13' baseline model

The MBA just launch and I did a little research on the baseline 13 inches for both years: -- MBA 13' (2012): i5-3317U @ 1.7GHz (turbo: 2.6GHz); 4000 Graphics: 350MHz-1050MHz MBA 13' (2013): ...
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For the Apple SSD drives, will they run slower with less free space available?

From what I understand, most SSDs will run slower once there is 20% or less free space available, due to TRIM/garbage collection. However, are Apple SSDs the same way? The reason I ask is because ...
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Corsair GS 180 slowdown in Macbook Pro over a year's time

I installed a Corsair GS 180 SSD (revision 5.020000) in my Macbook Pro, around this time last year. (July 2012.) I ran the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test application, and ended up with: Write: 219.0 MB/s ...
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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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How to resize Mac OS Extended (Journaled) partition after linux messed it up?

I've tried to use Ubuntu on my macbook pro (6,2), but it was a total and abject failure, mainly due to poor hardware support. So, I have given up on my little experiment and just deleted ubuntu and ...
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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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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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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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Resurrection of my MacBook Pro

My MacBook Pro was pronounced "dead on arrival" by the Apple Genius after sustaining injuries from liquid that had been spilled in my brief case. Despite the purchase of a new MacBook Pro Retina I ...
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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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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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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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Is FileVault 2 + SSD + OverProvisioning possible?

As the title says, could someone accomplish this? I couldn't. FileVault 2 wizard tells me that the disk isn't compatible with it. I have only 3 partitions on main disk, and Recovery HD was cloned ...
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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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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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Fix slow startup after utility disk repair on a SSD

I have a 250Gb Samsung SSD 840 series with Trim support enabled installed on a mid-2009 13" Macbook pro running Snow Leopard (10.6.8, 2.26GHz, 8Gb of RAM) and I experience extremely slow startup after ...
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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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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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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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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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50% SSD Space lost issue on MBA

I have an MBA 2009, model A1304. The Hard drive system information says its an "Apple SSD SM128". But when I look at the available and total space, I have one partition 28.8GB (bootcamp) and one ...
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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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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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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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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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Which SSD Thunderbolt Product For Main Boot Drive for my iMac?

So I have a 2012 iMac. I got the base model 21.5" which means I have a painfully slow 5400 RPM hard drive. The pure SSD option would have cost $1,300 ($1 more than the $1,299 base price) if I could ...
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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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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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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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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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Any way to change the location of Time Machine local backups (./MobileBackups) to another drive?

I am running an SSD boot drive and a HDD drive on my Macbook Pro 5,5 and I obviously cannot have Time Machine filling up my SSD. I was wondering if there was anyway to have time machine create local ...
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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. ...