Frequently Asked Questions - SSD

The difference is due to way  that most storage manufacturers and PC manufacturers define a scale. There are two systems decimal and binary.

Storage devices use a decimal system and PCs use the binary system -this lead to some discrepancy between actual capacity and reported capacity by a PC. The difference can be between about 2% - 9% depending on the capacity of the drive. 

Some additional capacity is taken up by features required by the operating system e.g. FAT tables and the flash drive controller e.g. spare blocks for wear levelling.

 

 

Decimal (Dec) bytes

Binary (Bin) bytes

Ratio (Dec/Bin)

% Diff

Kilobyte

103

                              1,000

210

                                      1,024

0.9765625

2%

Megabyte

106

                      1,000,000

220

                               1,048,576

0.953674316

5%

Gigabyte

109

              1,000,000,000

230

                      1,073,741,824

0.931322575

7%

Terabyte

1012

1,000,000,000,000

240

              1,099,511,627,776

0.909494702

9%

 

Yes. It will work, however this will reduce the read/write speed of the SSD. To benefit from the full speed it is advised that you use a USB 2.0 socket. If it is possible, use a FireWire or eSATA connection, they will both provide a faster connection then USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 connection formats.

Copying files could be done in many ways. It all depends on which makes you more comfortable.

Using a PC, some of the easiest ways to copy data to your Integral External SSD are:-

A. Select the files that you want to copy.
B. On the toolbar click on Edit => Copy. This copies the data to the system memory on the PC.
C. Open the drive for the Integral External SSD. On the toolbar, click on Edit => Paste. This copies the files from the PC memory to the External SSD.

Or

A. Select the files that you want to copy.
B. Right-click on one of the files (you will see that the rest of the files stay highlighted) and click on Copy. This copies the data to the system memory on the PC.
C. Open the drive for the Integral External SSD Drive. Right-click in a white empty space on the drive and click on Paste. This copies the files from the system memory to the Integral External SSD.


Or

A. Select the files that you want to copy.
B. Press Ctrl and C (this is the Windows shortcut for Copy command) on the keyboard. This copies the data to the system memory on the PC.
C. Open the drive for the Integral External SSD. Click in a white empty space on the drive and press Ctrl and V (this is the Windows shortcut for Paste command) on the keyboard. This then copies the files from the PC memory to the Integral External SSD.

This is not an error message. What Windows is stating is that you have plugged in a USB 2.0 External SSD into a computer with only the slower USB 1.1 sockets.
Your Integral External SSD function perfectly as it is backwards compatible with USB 1.1 technology; however it will run at USB 1.1 speeds.

To get the full functionality of the USB 2.0 External SSD you will need a PC or Mac with USB 2.0 sockets.

Yes, the power consumption of an SSD is a fraction of that of a traditional hard disk drive thanks to the lack of mechanical moving parts and the speed at which data can be accessed (less computing time to get at your data). Also less heat is noise and heat are generated.

 

Typical hard drives will measure anywhere between 24 and 36 dBA depending on what they're doing at the time (i.e. idle or seeking data).
In comparison SSD are effectively silent both when they're idle and under load (reading or writing data).

No, the SSD itself does not require a driver,

However; your SATA controller may require a driver. You can obtain this from the manufacturer. For further information please use Microsoft Knowledgebase article on http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314859

SSDs can still break if you drop it, but as a whole, the lack of moving parts makes that SSD is less prone to damage from shocks.

 

Yes, for most systems with SSDs. If the system disk is an SSD, and the SSD performs adequately on random reads and doesn't have glaring performance issues with random writes or flushes, then Superfetch, boot prefetching, application launch prefetching, ReadyBoost and ReadDrive will all be disabled.

* Windows  SuperFetch SuperFetch enables programs and files to load quickly. SuperFetch monitors which applications you use the most and preloads these into your system memory so they will be ready when you need them ( This is used in Windows Vista and Windows 7 Operating systems)

*The prefetch folder is used for speeding up your system. The way it does this is by doing the following:
• Windows XP is configured to prefetch application and program components so that when you load them to memory; it appears to be very quick.
• When XP does this the first time, it winds up copying portions of the program to the prefetch area of your local disk.
• When XP boots up, XP will prefetch portions of the files you use the most.
• XP loads all associated files, libraries, and pointers necessary to run the program in advance, the preloaded subset makes your system appear quicker.

No. Any standard SATA based SSD will normally work with any SATA based socket.

 

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