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Should I buy an SSD with hardware-based full disk encryption?

Whether the firmware has been compromised is a valid concern — it happens (it's been done for show, and it's rather rare but it has been found in the wild). But a bigger concern is whether the ...
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250 GB SSD for programming cheaper than ~£100?

I've got the 256gb variant of the Samsung 850 Pro and running a few tests would be quite enlightening. Improving compile time may also depend on processor so... it depends on your options. Likewise ...
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A 240 GB SSD for a programmer

Moving from HDD to any new SSD will be noticable, while the differences between particular SSD tend to be slight. I actually did the same (also ssd upgrade for programming) and just went with the ...
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2nd SSD in HP EliteBook 820 G3

Edit: After understanding that the mSATA port will block the HDD drive bay I would suggest a Dual mSATA HDD adapter. Feedback is appreciated from anyone who is actively using such a setup as a boot ...
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Will switching to SSD improve my write performance?

It depends mainly on the type of NAND the SSD uses, and also somewhat on the controller. Higher quality SLC NAND stores one bit per cell. This make the cells much faster and longer lived, whereas MLC ...
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Which 2.5" SSD would you recommend for a Dell Inspiron laptop? Samsung's EVO 840 mode or EVO 850 model?

The 840 EVO and 850 EVO are both consumer TLC SSDs by Samsung. The EVO series doesn't exactly have any differentiation, and the 850 EVO is not the higher end model, rather, it is the newer generation. ...
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Laptop for coding

Since, you're starting out with coding I wouldn't expect you to be using heavy Integrated Developer Environments, like Visual Studio + Resharper which can weigh heavily on the performance of your cpu ...
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Upgrade HDD to SSD for Dell Inspiron 5558

Please note, this is answer is for the Dell Inspiron 15-5558, which hopefully is the same as the OP has. Is my laptop compatible to upgrade to SSD ? Yes, as you can see in the following picture, ...
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M.2 NVMe x4 adapter card for PCIe x1 slot

After doing some more hunting with weird search terms, I have found a solution in the Amazon Marketplace: https://www.amazon.com/NGFF-PCIe-Adapter-Samsung-SM951/dp/B01MS64UBB US$ 34.95 .. a bit ...
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SSD or Intel Core i5 8250U

The real question is: What do you need it for? CPU I wouldn't really care about the processor, as long as you don't do anything requiring an intensive processing power. You can find a lot of cpu ...
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Solid State Drive for PS4

As far as raw speed is concerned, the Samsung EVO is the way to go. The drives themselves are very reliable and have the faster read (540mb/s) and write (520mb/s) speeds. I myself have a Samsung EVO ...
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External Music Production Library: NAS vs. External SSD vs. External HDD Thunderbolt?

Does it make sense to store relatively large sample libraries in a remote location? It makes sense, but it's not at all beneficial. If you're going to be pulling samples into your project fairly ...
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SSD / HDD choice when write speed is slow - developer workstation and for games

SSDs should never be slower than a HDD, especially in small files. The reason is because of how they work. A HDD uses a spinning platter and a read/write head for information access where a SSD uses a ...
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SSD that heats not too much

Solid State Drives use about 8W of power while HDD use 12W or so on average. That doesnt directly show heat output but it should help you get an idea. So SSD aren't any hotter than HDD besides NVME ...
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Additional SSD for MSI GE62 APACHE PRO?

GE62 6QF Apache Pro You have multiple options in my opinion. See if your shop offers this Laptop with a SSD. This would be the easiest option for you probably Get a M.2 SSD - your laptop supports ...
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HDD vs SSD for semi-frequent backups

Assuming price is not a concern, neither one has much of an advantage over the other for your purposes. A powered-down laptop hard drive is reasonably shock-resistant: the 500g rating is roughly ...
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M.2 NVMe x4 adapter card for PCIe x1 slot

It's amazing how much things have moved on since the OP. PCIe is so versatile. NVMe SSDs are just PCIe devices, which are generally backwards compatible with older PCIe versions or reduced PCIe lanes. ...
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Upgrading my laptop MSI HDD to SSD

Answers up front: does it support an additional SSD or have I to replace its current HDD with a new SSD? Yes, you should* be able to install an M.2 SSD alongside your current HDD (see below). You ...
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Long Time Storage Solution

This is one of the best examples there are of the problem you will face: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_Domesday_Book It might be better to ask how you can keep the data alive rather than in ...
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Pick the right HDD for an unknown connector on HP 17-cn0021nr laptop motherboard

Its a standard hard drive - what you're missing is a cable that breaks out the ZIF socket to a regular HDD. The Service manual is a great starting point. You're looking for a Hard drive cable L22526-...
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Dual boot system--Better to have 1x 2TB with separate partitions or 2x 1TB SSD?

With SSDs, assuming all else is equal - same speed, size etc, then there is no speed advantage in having two separate drives. Instead you have an element of redundancy. If one fails, you still have ...
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is it good decision to upgrade to ssd?

My laptop speed is very slow now so I decided to add 128gb SSD to it. ... My friend suggest not to upgrade my laptop to SSD and it will not boost the speed. Your friend might be right if you're just ...
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250 GB SSD for programming cheaper than ~£100?

SDDs are quite conspicuous when it comes to quality and performance. Capacity, read/write times are made very clear so you can buy what you need. Any further optimisation will come down to your OS, ...
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Will switching to SSD improve my write performance?

The answer is simple: yes, switching from HDDs to SSDs is a huge improvement but that depends on the write and read speed of the SSDs themselves. Personally I gave up a 1TB HDD for a 240GBs SSD and ...
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New Gaming System - SSD [Romania]

It will not be possible to build a new gaming system for 300 RON. You will need at least the following: Motherboard RAM 8GB SSD 120GB + Graphics Card Power supply I'm assuming you already have a ...
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Which one I should go for, ADATA SP550 120GB vs Samsung EVO 120GB SSD's?

The Samsung is much more durable since all the components are manufactured in house and they have very strict quality control. They are both TLC, but the Samsung has a really good TLC flash chip. The ...
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mSata upgrade to install system Envy 15-j108el

Yes, the new drive can replace the existing drive. There are a couple things to note though: The Crucial drive is SATA 3. Newegg says that the drive you have is SATA 2. If you assume that the ...
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SSD to work with PCIe

After checking specification of your motherboard (from this link) I checked that you have one PCI-E connector which will support PCI-E Solid State Drive. You have two possible solutions: Buy M2 to ...
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Will this computer fullfill my expectations?

Most important question is what is your budget and what will you use it for ? Also I have some doubts about your setup and I will list them below changing some elements to "better" or "compatible": ...
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PCI-e SATA III controller with 4 ports

It's going to be very difficult to find a quad port SATA controller that does not have RAID capabilities built in so you might as well get it with RAID and just not turn on that feature. It is nice, ...
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