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 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 ...
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How to set noatime for startup drive in Mountain Lion?

I've followed instructions to set the noatime flag in Lion so I can reduce SSD usage but it isn't working for me on Mountain Lion. I'm still seeing this after restarting: $ mount | grep " / " ...
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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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Is there anything like NVELO Dataplex (hybrid SSD/HDD software) for OS X?

I'm interested in upgrading my old MacBook to using an SSD and moving the data drive to where the DVD drive is using an optibay. Often SSDs come with a licence for NVELO Dataplex software (which is ...
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Upgraded my HDD to SDD. Can boot successfully via USB but will not boot when in MBP

I have a late 2011 macbook pro. I decided to upgrade to SSD. Here are the steps I took: Connected SSD via USB Formatted using MAC OS Extended Journaled (using disk utility) Cloned HDD to SSD using ...
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Will SSD improve iPhoto and Aperture responsiveness?

I have a late 2008 Macbook with Core 2 Duo and plenty of RAM and HD space. (8GB of RAM, max for my machine) Every time I do some work in iPhoto and Aperture, my CPU usage goes up to around 60-80% ...
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Macbook late-2008 and Samsung SSD 830: what happened

I'm trying to install a Samsung SSD 830 256 Gb disk as main disk on my macbook late-2008. I had several problems with my disk due to a couple of wrong choices (you can read the story here). I booted ...
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Which options exist for a Macbook air (2010) SSD upgrade?

I Know OCZ has released an SSD for the MBA, what other brands sell this kind of hardware?
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Should I enable TRIM with an 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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Which type of storage between HDD and SSD should I use in MacBook Pro for app development job?

I'm deciding to buy my first MacBook Pro for developing iOS application. I never use any Apple desktop or laptop before, and also never develop any application. I think if I want faster result when I ...
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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 my SSD drive faulty when Blackmagic disk speed test shows decreasing write speed as low as 10 Mb/s?

I have old plastic white MacBook 13'' 2007 mid late. In previous year I have bought SSD and replaced old one (HDD). Everything was Ok, but in last month i started seen how sometime OS become stuck ...
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Are “generic” Optical Bay Hard Drive Enclosures for Macbook Pros just as good as Optibay/OWC

I'm looking at replacing my DVD drive in my Macbook Pro with an SSD. The Optibay and OWC solutions seem awfully expensive compared to "knockoffs" found on Amazon and eBay. Do these knockoff products ...
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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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Can I clone my existing MacOS and Windows partitions onto a new SSD in my Macbook Pro? [duplicate]

I have a MacBook Pro (early 2012) with Lion and Windows 7 installed on the internal HDD. I use Bootcamp to swap between them when booting the machine. I want to replace the optical drive with an SSD. ...
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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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Hard Disk Transfer to SSD - 2007 MacBook and Lion

I've recently asked a question regarding fitting a Crucial 256GB SSD (Part No : CT1742109) into my 2007 MacBook (model MB061LL/A), however when researching the transfer process something isn't too ...
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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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Other than enabling Trim, is there anything else I should do with an SSD? [closed]

I've installed a Samsung 830 series 256gb SSD into my early 2011 15" MacBook Pro, and running 10.8 DP4, and 10.7.4 via a firewire 800 drive. I've used Trim enabler on both installs as it doesn't ...
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SSD only boots from USB adapter

I would like to know if anyone has an idea or suggestion to what's happening on my SSD. I was using Lion on my Vertex 3 SSD 240GB - MacBook Pro (early 2011 model) and everything was running well ...
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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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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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Is it worth it to upgrade a mid-2007 MacBook (MB061LL/A) to use an SSD?

I would sincerely love a new MacBook, but I can't justify spending the prices that are being touted by Apple what with life to pay for and everything. I upgraded my memory to 2GB a while ago, but am ...
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Power Nap support

I read that Power Nap coming with Mac OS Mountain Lion will require a Mac notebooks with flash storage. Do they mean that by upgrading an early 2011 MacBook Pro to a Crucial M4 SSD would allow Power ...
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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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Freezes on MacBook w/ Lion with Intel 330 SSD

I installed an Intel 330 SSD (120GB) in my MacBook (4,1) a few weeks ago. I reinstalled a fresh Mac OS X Lion (10.7.4) to make sure there are no issues with the new drive. However, since then I ...
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Sandboxing prl_disp_service to prevent disk waking

So there is prl_disp_service, a Parallels 7 background service that periodically wakes the internal hard drive in my Macbook Pro although it`s unmounted most of the time since I boot from an SSD I ...
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Enabling AHCI for SSD under Win7 BootCamp on Macbook Pro 2011

I've just installed a new Samsung 830 256GB SSD and have configured BootCamp with Lion and Windows 7. Under Lion, I have installed Trim Enabler. Under Windows 7 I have installed the Samsung (Wizard) ...
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Macbook Pro HD/SSD Dock mount drives as read/write

Ok, so just bought myself a dock so I can wipe some drives and use others as storage. Most of these drives originated from windows Machines and thus are formatted NTFS and not FAT/FAT32 Currently I ...
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Is the retina Macbook Pro's SSD soldered into the logic board?

The Macbook Air's SSD can be manually upgraded. The RAM of the Macbook Air and retina MBP however are soldered into the logic board. Question Is the retina Macbook Pro's SSD soldered into the logic ...
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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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Installing hybrid drive in mid-2010 17-inch MacBook Pro

I'm looking to expand my internal 500 GB 7200 RPM HDD that came with my 17" MacBook Pro (mid-2010) running OS X Lion. I'm interested to hear from other MacBook Pro owners who've upgraded their HDD ...
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Can't see new SSD when connected via internal SATA port

I just bought a new Samsung SSD 830 and installed it my 13" MacBook Pro (Mid 2010) in the hard disk bay, replacing the drive that was there (I actually have a second drive in the optical drive's ...
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Replacing hard disk with SSD or increasing RAM in MacBook Pro

I am using MacBook Pro for the last 1.5 years. Here is my configuration. 13" MacBook Pro, min-2010 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo 4 GB RAM OS X Lion 10.7.4 Would you recommend upgrading to SSD for fast ...
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Glitches in OS X - memory or ssd?

My laptop is Macbook pro 15', Early 2011, with an SSD drive - OCZ Agility 3 240GB. I changed my memory too to 16GB (Corsair from Amazon). I experience glitches: Also Skype refuses to launch. I ...
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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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27" iMac SSD + HDD Migration from old iMac 10.7.3

I've just purchased a 27" iMac and am planning on installing a SSD (256 gig) to act as my boot drive. I was wondering if it would be possible to: 1) Install Lion on to the new iMac 2) Create my user ...
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What can slow down/How can I speed up the pre-kernel boot steps?

I've got a late 2007 Macbook Pro with 4 GB of RAM and an SSD. I am running Boot Camp and have an OptiBay. I have partitioned the SSD and secondary drive to devote half of each to Lion and half to ...
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Reinstall or Time Machine? How do I get back up and running?

I just got an SSD for my White Unibody MacBook. What's the fastest way to get back up on running on 10.7.3 with a Time Machine backup (on an external disk via usb 2.0) and a Lion 10.7.0 DVD? Can I ...
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How do I delete/break a symbolic link in Lion?

I've made a symbolic link from my SSD to my HDD incorrectly and want to keep the folder on my SSD. How can I delete or break the symlink? Is there a Terminal command that will delete every symbolic ...
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Optimal configuration for MacBook with small SSD and big HDD?

I am looking for an optimal configuration for a MacBook Pro that was converted to have two disks: primary one one SSD of around 100-200 GB and second one of 500-750 GB (the original drive that was ...
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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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What are the physical dimensions of the SSD used in the MacBook Air?

I need the dimensions of the "gum-stick" SSD (solid-state drive) used in 2011 MacBook Air models, preferably in cm or mm.
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Cloning a half-full 500 GB drive to a 256 GB SSD drive

Before I buy a new SSD, I wanted to see if the following is possible: I have a 500 GB HD in my MacBook Pro that is using only 240 gigs. Can I clone this to a 256 GB SSD drive? (My goal is to replace ...
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Lion SSD and HDD symbolic links - user folder?

I want to symlink my user folder in Lion from my SSD to my HDD. However, I've read that this is not such a good idea as there is library folders containing caches in the user folder. I've had a look ...
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Exchanged HDD in MacBook Pro - OS X installation disk shows prohibitory sign

I exchanged the HDD in my 2007 MacBook Pro and removed the DVD drive because it was making a terrible noise every time I booted the MacBook. The new HDD is a Corsair Force F120 SATA SSD. I formated ...
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Are there any SSD drives not from Apple for which you can enable TRIM without hacking OS X's kernel?

I would like to see if there is a way of getting TRIM support on SSD drives gotten from other manufacturers. As far as I know, Apple does not produce SSD drives so if I get a similar drive not from ...
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What SATA does an early 2011 MacBook Pro has?

I want to get a SSD for my early 2011 MacBook Pro 15" and I'm not sure what SATA interface it has and what it would be the best price/performance blend.
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What is the connector used by the MBA's SATA drive?

I wonder what kind of connector is used in the latest MacBook Air for the SATA drive. SATA Express? When I first saw the gumstick SSD drive I thought it was using a SATA Express connector. But when ...