Category: SSD


Portable SSD

What is the difference between an SSD drive and an HDD drive?

One of the biggest differences between SSD and HDD, is that SSD drives have no moving parts. Since there are no moving parts, SSD drives are significantly faster, quieter, and more resistant to shock and vibration.

How do I install my SSD drive into my computer?

Please refer to our quick start guide at

Do I need to install drivers before installing SSD?

1. In general speaking, if SSD supports SATA interface, the driver is built in Windows 7 & 10. No need to install any third-party driver. 2. If SSD supports PCIe, an NVMe driver must be installed in Windows 7. Windows 10 has native driver for PCIe SSD.

What the “S.M.A.R.T” is? How can I check the S.M.A.R.T of my SSD?

S.M.A.R.T stands for “Self-Monitor and Report Technology”, is built in hard drives and solid-state drives to indicate condition of drives. All Lexar SSD series support S.M.A.R.T, and Lexar provides SSD Dash, free downloaded tool on Lexar official website to help users get S.M.A.R.T values easily. The S.M.A.R.T contains Average P/E Cycle Count, Total Power-on Time, Power-on Cycle Count, Total Host Writes/Read and other specific information.

How to keep the operating system and data in my original drive when I purchase a new solid-state drive?

System cloning is the recommended way to transfer the operating system to SSD. It would keep all data, setting, drivers that needed for your computer. To clone your drive, Lexar recommends EaseUS Todo Backup as assistant, please visit to have more detail.

What is a “Garbage Collection”?

In SSD, lots of scattered data pieces will generate in use. The Garbage Collection (so called GC) mechanism is to move these pieces into specific physical units, and then to reuse the original units to store new data. Garbage Collection is necessary and results in overall performance of SSD. Lexar optimizes the algorithm for highly efficient GC to ensure SSD works smoothly.

What the “TRIM” is? What is the relationship between trim and garbage collection?

TRIM is an OS (Operating System) command set, which was started supporting in Windows 7. When user deletes a file, OS sends TRIM to inform SSD about the operation, then SSD marks the specific storage units to invalid state. Once the GC operates, GC could be more precise and efficient to erase the storage unit without unnecessary reallocation of data in flash memory.

What is “M.2 ”?

M.2 is known as NGFF (Next Generation Form Factor), enables expansion, contraction, and higher integration of functions onto a single form factor specification. SSD is one of the devices adopts M.2, and it offers slim, compact sized to be flexible in different devices.

Why my performance benchmark is different to the values expected?

1. Testing values vary with different benchmark tools. 2. The version of tools also has an impact on testing result. 3. The platforms could influence the result as well. Generally, the performance would be better on high-end platform 4. If SSD was used before and contains data inside, it could get a bit of slower Every single test has little difference results even in the same condition.

How do I check if my computer is compatible to use m.2 PCIe SSD?

M.2 slot may only support SATA protocol. Please contact the service center or visit the websites of your PC/laptop/motherboard manufacturer to realize the specification details before purchasing M.2 PCIe SSD.

Does SSD require defragmentation?

SSD has a mechanism, wear leveling. This mechanism ensures every single physical storage units get the same P/E cycle. It aims to extend the working life. Defragmentation is not required.

Does modifying or tampering with my SSD drive void the warranty?

Modifying or tampering with your SSD drive will void your warranty.

Do NVMe m.2 SSD drives work with any m.2 slot?

No, please verify your laptop or desktop supports NVMe SSD Drives.

How do I connect SL100 Pro portable SSD?

What does this package contain? USB 3.1 Type-C (USB-C) to Standard USB Type-A Cable USB 3.1 Type-C (USB-C) to Type-C (USB-C) Cable Lexar SL100 Pro SSD System requirements: Mac® OS X 10.6+ Windows® 10/8/7 Standard USB (Type-A or Type-C) port How to Connect? Select the cable compatible with your device port (Type C-to-C or C-to-A port). Connect one end of the cable to the device and the other end to the SL100 Pro Portable SSD.  width=