a solid-state disk (SSD)

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Installing Ubuntu on HDD and Windows on SSD

I am new to Linux. I have a 60GB SSD + 1TB HDD on my laptop. I want to know if I could keep Windows 8 on my SSD and install Ubuntu on HDD. Can GRUB detect both operating systems?
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Optimization for an SSD?

I am running Fedora 20 on a Laptop ( Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 2 Pro ) with an SSD. My filesystem is LVM with ext4 as the format option. I am now running Fedora as the only OS on the system with Legacy BIOS ...
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Hiding encryption key in unpartitioned free space of SSD

Anyone know what can happen if we use the unpartitioned space of an SSD hard drive to hide some data, what would happen? I have read that there are some SSD firmware using these blocks for recycling ...
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Is it possible to manually manage a Solid State Hybrid Drive?

I'm about to buy a new laptop which has a SSHD. It stands for Solid State Hybrid Drive, which means it has a big, regular HDD with a small, usually 8GB SSD to cache frequently accessed files. Now ...
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can /boot be on a different drive than grub or lilo?

I just got a vizio CN15-A5 laptop, which has both a 1TB HDD and a 32G SDD. I am going to use the SSD with dm-cache, however, I would to make /boot a partition on the SSD, and the laptop's BIOS doesn't ...
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SSD as a read cache for FREQUENTLY read data

I'm looking for ways to make use of an SSD to speed up my system. In “Linux equivalent to ReadyBoost?” (and the research that triggered for me) I've learned about bcache, dm-cache and EnhanceIO. All ...
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How to check the life left in SSD or the medium's wear level?

We all know that SSDs have a limited predetermined life span. How do I check in Linux what the current health status of an SSD is? Most Google search results would ask you to look up S.M.A.R.T. ...
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Determine whether TRIM commands are being sent [duplicate]

I've configured multiple SSDs in a RAID-0 array in AHCI mode. I'd like to determine whether TRIM commands are being sent to the disks. Is there a way to monitor these commands in the kernel somewhere? ...
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How to migrate files on Linux from HDD to SSD on a VDS

I upgraded my Dedicated Server and I was having problems finding my SSD. I found out how to MOUNT my SSD. I now have my 100 GB HDD and now 20 GB HDD. [root@server /]# mount /dev/xvdb1 /ssd ...
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Best way to benchmark different encryption solutions on my system

I want to compare different encryption solutions for encrypting my system, possibly different solutions for different parts of the system such as /usr or /home. In particular I look at dm-crypt ...
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Benchmark ssd on linux: How to measure the same things as crystaldiskmark does in windows

I want to benchmark a ssd (possibly with encrypted filesystems) and compare it to benchmarks done by crystaldiskmark on windows. So how can I measure approximately the same things as ...
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Can I prove that an SSD is broken? [duplicate]

Is my SSD broken? I have asked to replace so many SSD I don't feel like asking it again. But if the SSD is indeed broken, just one time server down will cost me $500 or something. So, how do I make ...
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Is my SSD broken? [duplicate]

/bin/ls: cannot access cache-zch-5666-cache.txt: Input/output error /bin/ls: cannot access cache-zch-4970-cache.txt: Input/output error /bin/ls: cannot access cache-zch-4782-cache.txt: Input/output ...
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There are 4 SSDs but df only listed one. Why?

I just replaced SSDs There are 4 hard disk Disk /dev/sda: 240.1 GB, 240057409536 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 29185 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes Sector size ...
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ECC on a single block device

I have an SSD that I suspect failing silently now and then. I have run badblocks on it and it is clear that it is not bad sectors but might instead be some race condition in the electronics, in which ...
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partitioning using 2 hard disks (SSD and non-SSD) in linux [closed]

I have the following free spaces on 2 disks: SSD - 240G (sda) non-SSD - 240G (sdb) I understand that I should use SSD to install packages and non-SSD just for storing data. What's the best ...
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Are these throughput numbers typical for an SSD?

Device: rrqm/s wrqm/s r/s w/s rkB/s wkB/s avgrq-sz avgqu-sz await svctm %util sdb 19722.20 170.80 7141.60 27.80 114246.40 788.80 32.09 52.25 7.19 ...
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fstrim and iostat

I have a new samsung ssd in my new notebook. I tuned up everything to avoid writings in the disk (firefox profiles and /var/log in memory), I'm using a ext4 fs with relatime and I use fstrim once a ...
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Should I change SSD?

Demsg shows this EXT4-fs error (device sda1): ext4_ext_get_blocks: inode #7743113: (comm flush-8:0) bad extent address iblock: 3503, depth: 1 pblock 0 EXT4-fs (sda1): delayed block allocation failed ...
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Is it OK to store /var/tmp on a SSD? [duplicate]

I have read that you should not store /tmp on a SSD, because the frequent writes will shorten the lifetime of the SSD. But what about /var/tmp? Is it reasonable for /var/tmp to be stored on a SSD? ...
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Trim with LVM and dm-crypt

I tried to setup TRIM with LVM and dm-crypt on ubuntu 13.04 following this tutorial: http://blog.neutrino.es/2013/howto-properly-activate-trim-for-your-ssd-on-linux-fstrim-lvm-and-dmcrypt/ See the ...
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Reasons to partition an encrypted ssd [duplicate]

I am just setting up a new system with Lubuntu 13.04. I have an SSD and the whole system will be encrypted with the standard LVM + dm-crypt method (as offered by the lubuntu installer). In the past I ...
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How to check drive temperature on Linux?

I have used of hdparm -n and smartctl -A but it always seem to be a "per drive" technique as a drive may answer for only one of these tools. So, is there a standard way to get the drive temperature ...
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What NOT to put on an SSD?

I bought an SSD and I am going to set up my desktop system with a completely fresh Linux installation. SSDs are known to be fast, but they have a disadvantage: The number of writes (per block?) is ...
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Can't see my ssd drive when booting using grub on a usb pen

I installed debian on my laptop and everything was fine (I may need to mention that I'm using LVM) until I reached the grub point. Since I have a GPT partition he refuses to install properly. I ...
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How can I defragment my SSD on linux?

This page demonstrates that defragmentation is beneficial for SSDs. I suppose this type of defragmentation has to be trim-aware, so as to preserve the life time of the disk. How can I do that on ...
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btrfs and the discard mount option on an ssd

I can't seem to find an answer to this so I thought I would ask here: In /etc/fstab and when using the mount command in ext4 you would add the option discard to activate TRIM on an SSD. Similarly ...
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New Computer keeps crashing on fresh install

I have a brand new HP Envy dv7-7212nr, second one, because I thought there was something wrong with the SSD with the first one. After I install Debian Testing or Mint, I compile the wireless drivers. ...
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Is there a robust way to cache contents of usb on local hd?

I'd like to switch between working on a laptop with a debian vm and a desktop pc running debian while carrying all my work files in a usb. Is there a robust way to automatically start caching the ...
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Persistent blockdev setra read ahead setting

I've got some SSDs mounted up on /dev/sda1 and /dev/sdb1 on a SLES 11 SP2 server, and I was able to tweak the read ahead setting with blockdev --setra: sudo blockdev --setra 4096 /dev/sda sudo ...
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Best way to encrypt my system on an ssd

I consider to buy an ssd for my laptop (something like Samsung 830 or 840) to make the system more responsive. I want my system (at least my home partition) to be encrypted. However I know about ...
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Moving stuff off of SSD to HDD after installation. Using mount --bind? LiveCD?

I installed Ubuntu 12.10 on my SSD. /dev/sda1. No other partitions. No swap. Then I went about reading how to optimize usage, and have come to the conclusion I want my /home, /var and /tmp mounted on ...
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How to dual boot Linux and Windows from small boot drive?

I am a Linux newbie, and I am trying to dual boot Linux Mint with Windows 7. Right now, Windows 7 boots from a small SSD, which has little extra room on it. Is there a way to set up a dual boot where ...
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Grub loading slowly with SSD

Since yesterday, I added a brand new SSD in my PC, and I am experiencing a very fast boot from grub menu. The problem is before arriving to this menu, I must wait for a long time (~30s in most cases). ...
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Fresh installation of debian and raid10 array with SSD and HDD

I have one 120Gb SDD and four 2Tb HDD at disposal. I would like to install Debian Squeeze on the SSD and create a software RAID10 array with the four HDD. According to your experience, how to ...
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How to know if a disk is an SSD or an HDD

I want to know whether a disk is a solid-state drive or hard disk. lshw is not installed. I do yum install lshw and it says there is no package named lshw. I do not know which version of ...
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How to mount some folders on a different partition

I recently got an SSD for my computer. Therefore I reinstalled my system and mounted / on /dev/sda1 (which is a partition on the SSD). To protect the SSD, I managed to mount /tmp on the RAMdisk. ...
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How do I know if my SSD is SLC or MLC?

I have 3 SSDs on my server. How can I tell if they are SLC or MLC?
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Low display resolution Ubuntu Gnome remix 12.10

I'm running Ubuntu Gnome remix 12.10 and it can't recognize my display. My HW is: Intel i3 3225 with HD 4000 onboard / is on a OCZ Vertex 4 SSD display is an old IBM Thinkvision with vga connector ...
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If I have an SSD and a hard disk in a system, can the SSD act as cache for the hard disk?

Say I have some partitions; one on a SATA drive and one on an SSD. I want to create a "virtual" hybrid disk. Is this possible?
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Installing Boot and OS on SSD, rest on HDD

Okay so I got an SSD for my notebook and I'm currently setting up my system. On the SSD I'd like to have the main OS (Crunchbang in this case) and maybe some swap whereas on the HDD I want my Home ...
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Installing Debian on an SSD

Does the Debian installer work out of the box for SSDs? I.e. I heard that you need to align the partitions to 32bit virtual clusters (is it actually true?). Are there any other things I need to take ...
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How to know which hard disk is the new one and which one is the old one

I ordered 2 SSDs from my provider. However, which drive is the main drive? How do I know which drive is the new SSD drives?
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Linux (3.4) SSD swap partition usage causes extreme latency - how to eliminate?

I'm running on 4G RAM with an extra 6G swap partition, SSD is a pretty decent SAMSUNG MZMPA128HMFU model. System responds very well to workloads when things stay in RAM, but as soon as things reach ...
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Why I have two /dev/sdx entries with a single disk?

In my laptop (running Linux) I have only one SSD, connected to the SATA3 port. Why I have two sdx entries in /dev directory? In particular I see /dev/sda and /dev/sdb, and /dev/sda is the SSD: # ...
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Optimal SSD configuration

I am thinking about buying an SSD for my Debian system. However, because I don't know what is the optimal arrangement (i.e. what goes on the SSD), I am not sure what is the optimal size. Obviously I ...
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Separating OS on a SSD from user settings and apps on HDD

I want to be able to format my OS SDD and format and reinstall without losing any user data, is this possible? I'm currently doing this on Windows 7 and 8 with the help of portable apps and some ...
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How to setup KVM partitions?

I'm trying to install SolusVM/KVM on a server with one 500 GB HD and one 256 SSD. I am a complete beginner at Linux. SolusVM has a script on the site to download and install automatically, but how do ...
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What about no swap?

I have a netbook with a very slow (especially on writes) SSD, would it be a good idea to go without swap? The way I see it is that code and unmodified pages will still be swapped (re-read) but I won't ...
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Why can't I install Linux on this SSD

I have tried installing several different distros onto my Vertex2 SSD. Whenever I try the disk does not show up as an installation option (it is not present in the drop down box). My most recent ...