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SSD Drive dependability

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    SSD Drive dependability


    Do SSD drives have much of a failure rate, compared to HHD?

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    Quote Originally Posted by billberry12 View Post
    Do SSD drives have much of a failure rate, compared to HHD?
    They are generally more reliable than conventional drives. You will most likely replace the drive because it is too small or too slow, not because it has failed.
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    I feel SSDs are more reliable, but durability might be a concern for long term users like >10yrs or so due to wear and tear - continue write processes..
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    Not a big problem, hdds are pretty bad at durability to, never saw a hdd that would work all its life - because it is hdd, it is painfully slow, and with time it will catch some errors, some bad sectors, and hdd will become unusable, as its speed will drop to bytes/hour, so it would be like "walking to the moon" Mostly no hardware works all its life, it blows up, crashes, burns, or just gets replaced by a better hardware, so the only thing that should matter is getting a piece of hardware without defects.
    The point with ssd is not only its huge speed, but it will work just like new until it will die, whereas with hdd your pc will slow down by a lot with every bad thing that happens to hdd.
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    @basher
    My earlier system lasted for 10yrs with 60GB HDD
    Always SSD is the best, but now these kinds of articles come telling the differences between hdd & ssd, I think those are meant for business or industrial users right. For end user consumer it doesn't really matter at all.

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    Can't remember the exact place but they are trying to find durability of some SSDs by pushing 2 TBs of data daily thru them and they are still going strong after more than a year. That's more than average user does in few month. I think only one older of 60 GB died until now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Can't remember the exact place but they are trying to find durability of some SSDs by pushing 2 TBs of data daily thru them and they are still going strong after more than a year. That's more than average user does in few month. I think only one older of 60 GB died until now.
    Any guess which one will bring it out first... Samsung, Toshiba, Sandisk, Kingston?

    Samsung is my fav with that EVO & PRO series rocking the market
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    The early SSD's had issues with longevity, from what I read anyway. With TRIM todays drives can outlast a spinner drive easily. TRIM ensures all cells get equal use to prevent excessive writes to any one cell that would wear that cell out prematurely. As far as bumps an knocks, like you might get in a laptop or tablet, with no moving parts they won't skip a beat.
    Aside from the huge speed advantage of a conventional hard drive there are numerous other benefits, especially in a laptop or tablet. They draw less power which can give you more time on battery. They generate less heat which also gives you more battery time as your cooling fan runs less. The lower temps are good for all the internals too. They also weigh less. I'm running SSD's in my laptop and desktop PC. I have another one on order for my wife's laptop, it should arrive any day now.
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    I just pulled 2 working hdds from computers that belonged to my late sister. One had a mfr date of July 1999 and the other Sept 2002. Both spinners work fine with no issues. However, I just grabbed the data off them and plan to recycle them due to their age. I doubt most users keep either hdds or ssds for 10+ years, most are replaced before they actually fail due to upgrades and the like.

    I have ssds in my desktop, netbook, laptop and tablet and don't expect any of them to wear out before I decide to replace them. I recently replaced the 120G in my desktop, it was still running strong but I decided I'd replace it with a 256G model. The 120G drive got put in an external enclosure to be used for backups and such.
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    SSDs NAND cells can be rewritten around 100000 times. Considering the sizes of nowadays SSDs they would take more than a century to fail even for an extreme user.
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