a solid-state disk (SSD)

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Solid State drive vs. traditional hard disk in a virtual server environment

I am currently considering upgrading my virtual-hosting plan because of very bad write performance (mostly writing to a MySQL database, but I notice it also when compiling a program or copying files - ...
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How to detect exact spec of my disk on a cloud server?

I've already read a question about whether your disk is SSD or HDD. When I issued the below command I've got surprised: cat /sys/block/vda/queue/rotational The output was 1. The question is why ...
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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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I recently cloned my drive, while booting I have to wait at this screen which has a number of error messages

Once booted the computer works fine (debian 7 sid), no other issues. I just have to wait at this screen for around 3 minutes, unfortunate since I have an SSD. Are these error messages causing the ...
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Difference between 'sync' and 'async' mount options

What is the difference between sync and async mount options from the end-user point of view? Is file system mounted with one of these options works faster than if mounted with another one? Which ...
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What filesystem should I choose for an SSD? [duplicate]

I am going to set up a new Linux system on an SSD drive. Does the filesystem choice make a difference for them? Should I go with the default ext4, maybe try XFS, or does it just not matter?
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PCI-e SSD - Not visible to sysstat's iostat or sar

I am attempting to get basic statistics during test runs on a server with a PCI-e attached SSD that is mounted on /dev/rssda1, however sar and other sysstat either do not log, or in the case of iostat ...
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Could I set flag “barrier=0” when using SSD?

I'm using ext4 filesystem in SSD,when mounting SSD,could I use flag "barrier=0"? I knew this flag is safe for BBU(battery backup unit),but is it safe for SSD?
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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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Small build-in ssd in notebook can install linux?

I bought a samsung laptop series 5. There are a 24gb ssd and normal hard disk. I need to install linux ubuntu on this notebook. Can I just install the ubuntu on the build-in 24gb ssd? If not, how can ...
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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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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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bcache on md or md on bcache

bcache allows one or more fast disk drives such as flash-based solid state drives (SSDs) to act as a cache for one or more slower hard disk drives. If I understand correctly, an SSD* could be ...
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SSD seems full, but file system says otherwise [duplicate]

I'm running CentOS and have a 100GB Micron RealSSD P300. It appears that the drive is almost full, as noted by running df: Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on /dev/sda3 ...
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How to discard/TRIM a range in an open file ?

For an SSD, I can open the row device and discard a range of pages using ioctl() with BLKDISCARD command. My question is for an open file, how to discard a range of data? and Is that depends on the ...
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Low level disk i/o on linux

Can a user level program do page level or block level I/O on SSDs? I've looked at disk devices, but am unsure if they provide this as they work only if the partition has a file system. UPDATE #1 I ...
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btrfs on SD card, what does “Btrfs detected SSD devices, enabling SSD mode” mean exactly?

I'm experimenting with using btrfs on my Debian Linux armhf system. The rfs is on a micro SD card. On bootup I get the message "Btrfs detected SSD devices, enabling SSD mode". What features does ...
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Replace USB stick boot device with SSD

I have an OpenElec based HTPC which boots from a USB stick. I would like to replace this with an SSD drive. What is the best way of copying the USB image to the SSD. Is this something that dd could do ...
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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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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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How to use an SSD for caching, so my hard disks can spin down?

I've got a file server with a bunch of disks running together in a BTRFS pool and want to add an SSD for caching. I'm not mainly after speeding up things, but want to catch the regular small accesses ...
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Two HDD installation [closed]

Is there any easy tutorial or guide how can I setup Debian (amd64 v. 7 + xface) on my server, but using this separation ? Separation: SSD (32GB) for system Normal HDD (1TB) for data like /var ...
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Possible issues with SSD SATA3 drive

While investigating the issue with my SATA3 SSD drive being recognized as SATA2 (for some reason had to change SATA ports to fix it) I noticed the following messages when I run: $ dmesg | grep ...
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Why does fstrim trim all of the free space on my mdraid mirror after a reboot? [duplicate]

I have a server with 2 SSDs: Model Family: Intel 520 Series SSDs Device Model: INTEL SSDSC2BW240A3F Firmware Version: 400i User Capacity: 240,057,409,536 bytes [240 GB] Sector Size: ...
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Poor random read SSD performance on Linux

I recently got an Intel 320-series SSD, and I am having difficulty achieving the advertised 38K IOPS for random 4K reads. Both with fio and my own hacked-together program, I am seeing around 6K IOPS. ...
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Can't enable TRIM on SSD

I can't enable TRIM on my newly-installed SSD. Ubuntu Server 12.04, Linux 3.11.0-15-generic. I turned TRIM on through discard setting in /etc/fstab. Also TRIM doesn't work with fstrim command. Here ...
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Mount a second ssd drive on centos - How can I figure out which is the unused drive?

I need to mount my secound ssd drive to /home2. I already created the folder /home2 - Now, how can i figure out which is the unused drive ? Is this /dev/sda or sdb ? What is the exactly thing i`ve to ...
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Fedora doesn't boot after migration to new disk

I bought a new larger SSD and copied all data from the old SSD to the new one. On the SSD I have Ubuntu and Fedora, Ubuntu works normally after migration but Fedora boots into Emergency Mode. I have ...
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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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Using LVM with SSD and SATA drives

I saw in this question that it is possible to place both a SSD and a standard SATA hard drive into a single LVM volume group (VG). How does this affect performance? Is there a way to force the OS ...
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Installing pfSense firewall on an SSD

I was looking at creating a home firewall running pfSense (as I could not get IPCop to boot properly on my hardware). Doing a little research, however, I have some concerns with installing it onto an ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Linux equivalent to ReadyBoost?

Is there a kernel module or some other patch or something similar to Windows' ReadyBoost? Basically I'm looking for something that allows disk reads to be cached on a Flash drive.
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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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How to enable SSD TRIM support on Fedora 17?

I used to install Linux on HDD. It's easy. But now I have a SSD, and I want to install Fedora 17 on it. What should I do to make Fedora 17 issue TRIM commands to the 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...