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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Flashing folder with question mark appear when reboot macbook pro

I substituted a MacbookPro 13" HDD with a Corsair SSD and upgraded the RAM to 8GB. I did a fresh install of OS X Mavericks but when the machine reboots (restarts), it shows a flashing folder with a ...
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Rebuilding Fusion Drive

I have a Fusion Drive (10.9.1) with a 256GB SSD and a 1TB HDD. The 1TB HDD has started making noises and has reported SMART errors. It is apparent that it will fail any day. I have Time Machine ...
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MacBook currently has quiet SSD, will adding extra HDD cause constant noise?

My MacBook Pro has an SSD drive that runs silent, which is really great. I am considering removing the SuperDrive, moving the SSD to the optical bay, and adding a 7200-RPM regular HDD in the main ...
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Power Connector for SSD in 2009 Mac Pro

I have a Samsung 840 Pro in my 2009 Mac Pro, and due to the 2009 Mac Pro only being SATA 2 I get about half the read/write speeds. I've been doing some research and I came across a SATA 3 PCI-E card ...
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Copying start volume contents with SuperDuper without copying filesystem

I have a MacBook Air with one SSD that unfortunately is formatted as journaled, case-sensitive. I have an external HDD that I copied my whole start volume bootable to with the tool SuperDuper and it ...
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Internal SSD: Create a partition in unallocated space

I have a MacBookPro 13" Retina late 2013 with an internal SSD, there is 1TB unallocated space, I tried Disk Utility but it doesn't let me create a new partition there (it just does nothing when I ...
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Mac mini 2011-mid and SSD sata 3

can someone tell me, will this ssd disc work on my mac mini, since is sata 3? As I know my mac uses sata 2? But I'm really novice and I have no idea.
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Will heavy duty testing and development cause my MB Air's SSD to crash soon? How to prevent it?

I just recently bought a MacBook Air 2013 (i7 with 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD drive). I am a programmer, and my daily jobs would involve a lot of testing on that machine, including setting up databases, ...
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1Tb PCIe SSD in 2012 Retina MacBook Pro?

Now that the late 2013 Retina MacBook Pro can be configured with Samsung based 1TB PCIe based SSD storage, would those fit into the late 2012 Retina MacBook Pro? OWC describes about the 1TB ...
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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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Two systems and SSD lifetime increase

I bought a Late 2013 iMac with new generation PCIe Samsung XP941 M.2 based SSD 256Gb. Really powerful SSD. But of course, I was scared about SSD rewrite cycles and wanted to check it because I want to ...
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Splitting user and system across multiple volumes

I'm migrating from a large HDD (1.25TB DIY Fusion Drive) to a pair of SSDs (256GB + 1TB). I want the 256GB one to mount as /, and the 1TB one to mount as /Users. In previous versions of OSX, you could ...
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SSD upgrade for 15" MacBookPro2,2?

I'd like to upgrade my old MacBookPro2,2 with something like a 120 GB Samsung 840 Basic SSD. Does that make sense?
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How to comprehensively benchmark SSDs on OS X?

I want to benchmark my SSD under different circumstances. Connected through USB3, Thunderbolt and internally (S-ATA). Unfortunately I can only find benchmarks which concentrate on measuring read and ...
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My available disk space does not make sense. Why?

I have a 256 GB SSD installed in my Macbook Pro. Today I observed that Finder tells me that I have a free disk space of 247.51 GB, which is unquestionably wrong. At the same time, in System → ...
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Encrypting using FileVault on an Apple original SSD - any likely problems?

There are plenty of FileVault 2 and SSD (Solid State Disk) questions on many forums, and a few already on this site, but this is more specific and I cannot find it even asked - let alone answered: If ...
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How to transform an Apple Mac Mini intro a reliable Ubuntu Server?

This question is about what steps are needed for transforming an Apple Mac Mini into an Ubuntu server. Here are some areas: installing Ubuntu and making it to be bootable from EFI by default ...
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Unusually long boot time in non-verbose mode - early 2008 MBP + SSD + Mavericks

Inside my early 2008 MBP (15", C2D 2.4, 4GB, GF8600M) I installed a used Samsung SSD (128GB), did a clean Mavericks install and at first startup, I restored the Applications, Desktop, Documents etc. ...
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Disk Utility does not show OK message after Verify Disk

Rebooted and Verified Disk twice. There is no OK message and stops here: Is it a new behaviour under Mavericks, or something wrong? How can I fix it?
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Trying to securely erase hard drive, but Security Options not available (Mavericks)

Recently got a new Macbook Pro 13″ and I'm preparing my old Macbook Air for sale. I'm following steps in the Apple Support article on this topic (as well as other similar articles I've found). I'm ...
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Why is Intel 520 SSD slow in my Mac Pro?

I have a 2010 Mac Pro running OS 10.9 on an Intel 520 SSD. I've noticed read/write times are much slower than Intel claims. Is there anything I can do about this? Intel's claim: Sustained sequential ...
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Macbook freezes, disk errors, symptoms of SSD death?

Macbook freezes, system disk "disappears" from system, I get errors about reading/writing. Spinning ball of death appears on the screen, I am able to move pointer for a few seconds after first ...
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Mavericks frees >12GB of SSD

Something very bizarre has happened. Today I upgraded to Mavericks. Before the upgrade my 64GB SSD reported about 5GB free. After the upgrade it reports 18GB free. While this is fantastic, could ...
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Identify disk manufacturer in Macbook Air

I wonder how can I know which is the disk's manufacturer for my Macbook Air. Is there a way to know whether the disk is one of those faulty SSD disk that Apple has recalled.
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Can I upgrade the SSD on late 2013 retina Mac Book Pro?

Do the late 2013 models (13" - (ME864LL/A, ME865LL/A, ME866LL/A), 15" - (ME293LL/A, ME294LL/A)) support after market SSD upgrades? If so, is a drive that works with the late 2012/ early 2013 rMBPs ...
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Is it bad to format your ssd many times?

In the past two years, I have formatted my SSD many times and I started to wonder, is it bad? Does it harm your SSD every time you format?
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Samsung SSD 840 speed issue

Can any one explain me this ? I re-install BlackMagic but it ain't change a thing. I'm running 10.9.3 and there is only one partition on the SSD. With the terminal : MBP-Thomas in ~ ○ → dd ...
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After enabling TRIM should I delete free space?

I have installed a third party SSD in my Mac. I have used it quite a while before I enabled TRIM. Does that mean that the SSD cannot reuse any files I have deleted until now? Is it necessary to ...
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Apple OS Update and SSD failed last time I tried

I have a MacMini that is running 10.7.5. This is a Mid-2011 MacMini. I installed a SSD in my MacMini about a year ago. When I put the SSD in, the Mini was already running Lion. I installed the ...
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Does FileVault encryption slow read/write access on an SSD?

Never fancied enabling FileVault on previous Macs but now I'm running OS X on an SSD. Is there a noticeable decrease in speed?
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Shared library between Macbook Air, iMac, Airport Time Capsule

My Early 2008 iMac alu 24" HD drive has finally died and I'm in the process of replacing it. I've also recently got a 2013 Mac Air. The MacAir SSD drive is small so I want to share the iTunes/iPhoto ...
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app to manage symbolic links and move files automatically?

I have about a terabyte of media files on an external hard drive. At any given moment I need a subset of these files locally on the SSD for faster access. Some times the hard drive isn't even ...
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New iMac (mid 2013) storage options

I recently purchased a maxed out iMac: NVIDIAGeForceGTX780M 4GB GDDR5 3.5GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM-2X4GB (upgrading to 32GB myself) 256GB Flash Storage ...and I'm ...
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If I add an SSD to a non-retina MBP 13" will weight drop to 3.5 lbs

I'm shopping for a new computer for university, and I'm considering the MBP 13". I don't do graphic intensive work, so I do not need the retina display. It's not worth the extra cash. However, because ...
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Installed new SSD on Macbook Air now won't let me reinstall OS

I have a 2012 Macbook Air. It shipped with 64GB SSD but I upgraded it to 240GB using a 3rd party manufacturer. I was planning on doing a clean install on the system but when I checked to make sure if ...
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FusionDrive + Encrypted CoreStorage Volume - Problems writing to volume

Has anyone had experience with encrypted (home made!) FusionDrive volumes and intermittent failure of writes to this disk? I'm on a Late 2011 MBP 13" with (currently) 4 GB RAM, a 128 GB SSD and a 750 ...
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Finding an SSD that's compatible with a late 2007 MacBook?

I'm planning on upgrading my 120GB HDD to a 128GB SSD but I'm not sure which SSD will be compatible with my MacBook. My specs: MacBook late 2007 / Santa Rosa 2.2GHz / 4GB RAM Preferably, I'd like to ...
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SSD and Mountain Lion

I have a Vertex Plus r2 OCZ SSD drive in my Macbook Pro 2010, It's been going well and it only cost me like 80gbp. I noticed recently (not that I run tests regularly) that the performance has ...
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How to know if a SSD will work on OS X?

I have a 2010 Macbook pro with a hard drive, and I'd like to replace it with a SSD. Information I've read about OS X and SSD is generally quite old, and not reassuring (not all SSD are supported, and ...
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SSD reporting incorrect amount of free space, not due to local snapshots

I recently created a file of just over 20GB and then deleted it shortly after, however my free space did not increase at all. I am using a 2012 MacBook Air with a 128GB SSD and I've had problems ...
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How do I transfer Boot disk from External HDD to newly inserted SSD?

I'm trying to upgrade from my MacBook Pro's original HDD to a SSD. Right now my external HDD, which I installed OSX Mountain Lion on, has to be plugged in to boot. If I unplug it, I get a white screen ...
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How can I do a fresh install of OSX Mountain Lion onto my SSD for my Macbook?

So I just got a SSD for my MacBook Pro (early 2011). My macbook is sluggish and has so much stuff that I don't use anymore and just want to start over from scratch basically. I did a time machine ...
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Boot drive (SSD) going read-only randomly

I've got a mid-2010 MBP running OS X 10.8.4. I've got a Sandisk SSD as my boot drive in my Super Bay and a 1.5TB hard disk in my HD bay. (I realize I could get better SSD performance if I swapped ...
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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 ...