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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Modify SATA link speed down (Mac won’t boot)

I have a MacBook Pro (Early 2011, MacBookPro8,2) which I cannot reboot, otherwise I have to reinstall Mavericks every time. Sleep mode works, luckily, but sometimes I need to reboot. In April my HDD ...
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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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How to use Time Machine to back up a partitioned drive?

My MBP was originally a single SSD partition, which I backed up with Time Machine to an external USB HD. I created a new partition on the SSD for Yosemite, and am running the MBP on 10.10, although ...
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Why is cloning my MacBook Pro slower since I upgraded it to SSD?

Last week I replaced the 512GB 7200rpm HDD in my Mid-2010 MacBook Pro with a 512GB SSD (Crucial 550). The performance improvement in most areas is welcome, but one thing is now considerably slower: my ...
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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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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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Yosemite: iCloud Drive offline

I'm wondering if it is possible to use iCloud Drive as a 'mounted drive'. As of now, I have a photo's collection of around 50GB. I'm keeping the files on an external HDD as it hogs my Macbooks' SSD. ...
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SSD Disk Utility & Install Failure

I've been running a SanDisk 256GB SSD for about a year. A week ago my system locked up and stopped being able to boot from the SSD. Booted from 10.9 USB installer, and went to disk utility, located ...
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Double Fusion Drive Volume in Startup Menu after DIY Drive Fusion

After replacing the SuperDrive in my MacBook Pro I copied the Recovery HD to a USB stick and booted from it. Then I ran diskutil cs create MacintoshFusionDrive /dev/disk0 /dev/disk1 (SSD, HDD), ...
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MacBook won't boot from internal SSD

I got a 2011 MacBook Pro and had a Samsung 840 Pro installed running Mountain Lion, then Mavericks for about a year without any problems. Without any apparent reason the MBP just wouldn't boot from ...
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Reclaiming Disk Space on my Mac

I've got a MacBook air with a 128 gigabyte SSD, and it reminded me again this morning that I'm almost out of storage space. What caches are safe to delete, and what other places are good to reclaim ...
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Macbook pro stuck on 'About a second remaining' for an hour

I'm trying to upgrade my Macbook pro late 2011's hard disk to an SSD from Corsair. I have inserted the USB stick with the OSX Mavericks installer, and everything went great: I made a GUID single ...
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Configuring SSD over-provisioning on Mac OSX

I'm in early investigation stages of adding a SSD drive to my MacPro. Fragmentation problems can lead to serious performance problems on an SSD. There are a couple answers to this problem: TRIM - ...
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What to do if repairing one disk made the other unrecognized?

Originally I had two drives, an HDD and an SSD (my boot drive). The HDD had a 100gb partition on it that used to have windows installed on it, but that partition got locked and became unusable. When I ...
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Sharp reduction in SSD read/write speed one day after installing it

I installed a Samsung 840 Pro 128 GB SSD on my MacBook Pro 2012 13″. I had installed OS X on my external drive and I did a disk copy to my SSD. When I did a speed check using Blackmagic Disk Speed ...
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Time Machine and an Unmounted Internal Drive

A couple of weeks back I put an SSD in my macbook, keeping the old spinning disk drive around using an expansion bay. Everything went fine, and I got it backing up. However, having the SSD around, I ...
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Mavericks install with Samsung 830 SSD?

Has anyone had success with installing Mavericks on a late model 2011 MBP with a Samsung 830 SSD? I was about to do it, but a quick google search turned up a number of slowness issues, e.g. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Put only HD to sleep when possible, without putting SSD to sleep. Its possible?

Can I put only HD to sleep when possible, without putting SSD (inserted in superdrive slot) to sleep? (surfing on some forums I read that some problems may arise with SSD stop mode)
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FileVault encrypted installation corrupted, unable to boot

I recently force-shutdown my MacBook Pro Retina, late-2013 model. After entering my FileVault password to unlock the volume, the Apple logo appears, as does the spinny circle. Given time, the Apple ...
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Why speed of SSD is increased after enabling FileVault?

My config is following: Mac Book Pro Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014 Processor 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7 Memory 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 Apple SSD Controller: Vendor: Apple Product: SSD Controller ...
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Upgrade components or whole computer?

I've got a 2.3 retina Macbook Pro from 2012. I'm debating getting a new one or updating the components. I'm thinking about getting a Samsung 850 ssd and 8GB of extra ram — to bring me up to 16GB. ...
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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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Unable to utilize “Free Space” partition

On my SSD disk I have one partition for Mac OS X Yosemite and one partition for Windows 8.1. I needed more space on my Mac OS partition and therefore a decreased the size of the Windows partition from ...
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Macbook Pro 17 Early 2008 - Mountain Lion - SSD Slow Performance

I have noticed significant performance degradation on my Samsung EVO running on an Old Macbook Pro, Intel Core 2 duo. Are there any SSD tips that I should apply to this hard drive? Will Trim Enabler ...
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Restore MacBook partition table its original state

I have a Mid-2013 11-inch MacBook Air with 512 GB SSD. It came with Mountain Lion, but when Mavericks came out, I performed a clean install. Perhaps taking the idea of clean install a bit too far, I ...
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Install Windows 8.1 and OS X 10.9 on external SSD USB3.0 (iMac Late 2012)

Good morning, Currently I have my iMac running OS X 10.9 on an external USB3.0 SSD drive, and it has been running flawlessly. My question is: - Is it possible to dual-boot Windows 8.1 in the SAME ...
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Does it matter where an SSD or HDD is installed in a Mid 2012 MBP?

The arguments raised in another question (and answer) about this as to where to install the SSD when running one with an HDD said to demote the ol' spinning platters to the optical bay because the HDD ...
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Spinning down hard drives that are not boot drives

If I were to put an ssd in the superdrive of an early 2009 24" iMac and used this as a boot drive while keeping the hdd in it's original place and using as a storage drive, would the storage drive ...
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Suddenly SSD become unreadable, need to initialise it

I use my SSD with Mac OS on it on several mac (mine is with apple right now). It works well with one mac mini but fails with the macbook air, is shows the following message : (sorry for french...) ...
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Cannot encrypt external ssd drive

I have a new Thunderbolt SSD drive, which I cannot encrypt. I managed to (a) erase the partition, (b) create a new one: => diskutil partitionDisk /dev/disk3 GPT JHFS+ test 0b Started partitioning ...
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Drive speeds … PCIe vs external thunderbolt SSD

I have a new 2014 MacBook Pro with 1TB internal PCIe SSD. Blackmagic Disk Speed Test is reporting read/write speeds of over 900MB/s. I am debating whether to swap this machine for a 512GB one (saving ...
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some file system operations very slow, ssd

(macbook air 2012, noticed before I upgraded to mavericks) on my SSD, newly downloaded files or newly created folders take a very long time to be moved, viewed, or examined. I have 1/5th of the free ...
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Mavericks errors with user that has symlinks for most of the home folder

Late 2011 Macbook Pro Internal 250gb SSD Internal 1tb HHD My main user has symlinks for most of the home folder, pointing to folders on the HHD (excluding /Applications and /Library). This setup ...
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How is swap on mid-2013 MacBook Air w/ PCIe SSD?

There appears to be confusing and incomplete information about the PCIe SSDs in mid-2013 MacBook Air 11" and 13" (especially the 128GB models), where a different queue depth may result in different ...
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How can I migrate a Win7-64 BOOTCAMP partition from Mavericks system SSD to another drive

I’d like to move the bootcamp partition from the Mac System SSD to another drive, and still have the option of Alt-booting to Windows 7 x64 which is what’s installed on the BOOTCAMP partition now. ...
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Mid 2010 MBP 15" - Manually Upgraded MBP, what should be my next steps?

I've been reading up on what to do after manually upgrading my MBP, and answers vary per individual/profession. I replaced Optical Drive with an 120GB SSD, and made SSD into bootdrive, HD into ...
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Macbook Air 2011 10.7.5 with SSD from OWC boots automatically in safe mode, works fine when I boot with apple SSD

I've had the OWC SSD for a couple of months, worked fine, then all of a sudden it boots automatically in safe mode and is pretty slow. I tried to boot from my original apple SSD which I kept and it ...
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Migration issue - duplicate user account

I've got a situation that I don't know how to resolve. I've had a Mac setup and all worked fine. I've bought an SSD drive, installed Mavericks and used the migration assistant to move all the stuff ...
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Has somebody upgraded an 27" iMac with Gravis Fusion drive?

Gravis offers to upgrade my Mid 2011 iMac (27") with a 250GB Samsung Fusion drive for around €400. They claim I can even keep my original 2TB HDD and my Super Drive. They say, they find space inside ...
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Boot Camp partition not listed in Windows Setup

I am trying to install Windows 8.1 (I have tried Windows 7). I put my USB stick and I used the Boot Camp assistant. Everything was copied with latest drivers, created Boot Camp partition. After that ...