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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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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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Are there any advantages to partitioning a SSD on a Mac?

I have a Macbook Air with 128GB SSD. It's used to be a best practice to put the OS on a separate partition from data. Does that make any sense? What are the advantages to partitioning an SSD?
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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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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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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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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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Is installing a HDD instead of SuperDrive safe?

It's pretty popular to replace ones optical drive* on the MacBook Pro with a HDD, but how serious are the risks? *In most cases, you'd do this when installing a third-party SSD, but I'd like to leave ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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How can I manually force a file of a Fusion Drive to the SSD?

From what I understand, the implementation of the Fusion Drive is at the OS level (coreStorage). Yet, I want to know if it's possible to manually interfere in the management for a specific file or ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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ZEVO: anyone have access to a current road map?

I've recently installed ZEVO on my Mac Pro and I'm looking forward to what ZFS will provide with data integrity, pool management and drive handling. Wondering if there is a current road map?
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Is there a utility for mac that shows the information of an SSD like the health etc…?

I am wondering if there is a utility for the mac that allows you to see the details of an SSD like the health of the drive, TBW (total bites written), how many running hours etc... In researching for ...
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Is defragmenting an SSD drive a bad idea?

I have heard that defragmenting SSD drives will shorten the life span of a drive. Just wondering if there is any truth to this and if so could someone elaborate as to why this happens.
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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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What doesn't get cloned to new hard drive in Super Duper?

I recently upgraded my 2010 Macbook Pro HDD to an SSD. I went from a 500GB HDD to a 512GB SSD (Crucial M4). I formatted the new SSD using Disk Utility into Mac OS X Journaled file system. I then used ...
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Is replacing HDD by SSD worth it with Core 2 Duo and Filevault2 enabled

Will I see some speed improvment by replacing the original 5400-rpm with a SSD on a MBP Core2Duo with Filevault2 enabled? Or it is a waste of money? I ask this question because I know Filevault tend ...
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Can I keep Bootcamp Partition on “secondary” drive when upgrading to SSD?

here goes another SSD upgrade question. So I got a late 2008 Macbook Pro 2,53 GHz with 8 GB RAM and a 320 GB internal HDD. On this HDD, I got Mountain Lion (260 GB capacity, 100 GB used) and a ...
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How can I boot my MacBook Pro from a DVD to update my SSD firmware

I have a MacBook Pro 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 (mid-2011 model) running OS X 10.8.2. I upgraded to an SSD which I bought from Crucial and works just great. Crucial sent an email recommending I upgrade ...
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Install Snow Lepard from USB

I have a clean and formatted SSD where I want to install Snow Leopard from a USB flash drive containing a OS X image from a (not the one it came with) original install-DVD. But for some reason it wont ...
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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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Time machine for hd upgrade

Does time machine work well for hd upgrades? Looking to go to ssd but don't want to lose things like custom plist settings, init.d items, .profile items and all my brew installed items. Is times ...
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Is it possible to erase sensitive data from a dead Retina MBP SSD?

My Retina MacBook Pro has died spectacularly after just over 30 days with what appears to be an SSD fault. No boot, no recovery, and after internet recovery, Disk Utility can't see the SDD at all. ...
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Will Mountain Lion install and run on a second drive (SSD) inside a MacBook Pro?

I currently have a standard MacBook Pro from 2010. I bought an SSD drive and a caddy and I want to do a fresh install of Mountain Lion on the SSD, and stay with the other drive as secondary boot ...
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Fresh install or Cloning when migrating from HDD to smaller SSD (considering fragmentation, mostly)?

I own a mid 2010 6,2 MBP and I am considering the upgrade to a SSD. I would probably get a 256GBs SSD and replace my optical drive for the older HDD, so I can have a little more of capacity, as I ...
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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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Will a USB 2.0 5400RPM External HDD for Time Machine slow down my SSD?

Will a USB 2.0 5400RPM External HDD for Time Machine slow down my SSD? I am new to Mac and I don't know how often Time Machine works with the drive.
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New Macbook Pro 2012 Operating System onto new SSD?

A friend has just bought a brand new Macbook Pro with Mountain Lion OS. We are going to install an SSD to replace the standard HD that it shipped with, however, it looks like Apple don't ship with the ...
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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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Will FileVault reduce the power of my hybrid SSD+HDD?

I have a MacBook with a Momentus XT hybrid SSD+HDD drive. It have a 500GB HDD plus 4GB SSD which, as I could check, it uses as a cache for read operations. It uses some kind of black magic to ...
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Macbook Pro early 2012 SSD retire block count

I've recently bought an OCZ Vertex3 480 GB SSD (VTX3-25SAT3-480G) for a drive upgrade. This is what I did after I purchased the drive: Backed up my system with Carbon copy cloner Installed the SSD ...
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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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How can I reduce/optimize downloads when upgrading to an SSD and installing Mountain Lion?

I am worried about downloading so many things: Here what is I have: A macbook Pro, with Mountain Lion installed (Upgraded from Lion) Things installed Xcode, Eclipse with android, RVM, GIT, And lot ...
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Which SSDs are compatible with my old Macbook Pro?

I have a MacBook Pro A1260 from 2008 and I want to upgrade to the fastest SSD I can get, as long as the rest of the system isn't the I/O bottleneck. Where can I find information on compatible SSDs, ...
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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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Should I run Parallels off of my SSD or my internal HD?

I have an internal SSD running Mountain Lion and my apps and an internal 5400 rpm drive with most of my other data (pictures, movies, music). I've put my Parallels (using version 7) virtual machine ...
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Some information about an extra SSD drive in MacBook Pro

I have a MacBook Pro (6,2; mid 2010; 4GB DDR3, 2,66 i7) And for a while now, I've been thinking about building in a SSD in my Mac. My first plan was to switch my 512GB drive with a 512GB SSD, but ...
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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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Does cloning with SuperDuper or Carbon Copy Cloner clone everything from a HDD to a SSD?

I recently purchased a Crucial M4 SSD 256GB for my Macbook Pro Early 2011. I bought the transfer kit that includes the USB to SATA cable. After I initially format the new SSD to be Mac compatible, I ...
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What is the difference between SSD and flash drives in the latest MacBook Pros?

What is the difference between an SSD and the flash drive in the latest MacBook Pros? The only difference I've noted is the price, because MacBook Pro with retina display costs $2799 with a 512 GB ...