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Solid State Drives (SSDs) are great, but there are still too many people who aren’t willing to pick them over more familiar Hard Disk Drives (HDDs). That’s because there are several myths surrounding SSDs, and one in particular that’s notorious: the myth that SSDs aren’t durable.

While it’s true that SSDs can handle only a finite number of writes, there are several other factors at play in deciding how far the life of an SSD will stretch. To understand SSDs better, the people at The Tech Report conducted a hardcore comparison of six SSDs of various brands. Each SSD responded differently to the tests, but all of them led to the same conclusion:

Yes, SSDs do die, but by the end, they all write several terabytes of data minimum. That’s more data than average consumers like you and I could realistically need.

The bottom line is that you’ll still need to be serious about backing up data on a SSD Hard Drives, SSDs, Flash Drives: How Long Will Your Storage Media Last? Hard Drives, SSDs, Flash Drives: How Long Will Your Storage Media Last? How long will hard drives, SSDs, flash drives continue to work, and how long will they store your data if you use them for archiving? Read More . But you can let go of the fear that SSDs aren’t durable and take advantage of the increased speed and performance they offer. You can even increase the lifespan of SSDs with tools and optimization tricks Top Tools for Managing and Maintaining Your SSD Top Tools for Managing and Maintaining Your SSD Did your SSD start out Usain Bolt fast, but now limps along? You can whip your drive back into shape using a handful of toolkits and optimization software, but caveat emptor: Some SSD optimization software... Read More .

Don’t let the myths floating around stop you from making the transition, but do consider these five things before you buy an SSD 5 Things You Should Consider When Buying An SSD 5 Things You Should Consider When Buying An SSD The world of home computing is moving towards solid state drives for storage. Should you buy one? Read More .

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What was the worst myth that you believed about SSDs? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Image Credit: Hands holding fast flash SSD by Hadrian via Shutterstock

  1. OldMakeUseoffan
    February 1, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    i said this sometime ago and i am going to repeat it once again.... a bit effort and you can fit this clickbait article into a tweet.

  2. Nic
    December 16, 2015 at 2:46 am

    My first SSD was DOA, the replacement lasted 1 month at which point the manufacturer refunded me the current purchase price. The next SSD lasted 11 months and its warranty replacement is going strong 3 years later. I have a second SSD in my system that died after 4 years and its replacement is fine 1 year later. So, if I average the failed SSD, in my experience an SSD has an average lifespan of 1 year. Adding in the 2 SSDs that have yet to die, the average lifespan of an SSD (in my experience) is 16 months.

    Contrast that to spinny disks with physical moving parts. When I retired my TiVo series 2 earlier this year it was at least 10 years old and had been running pretty much 24 x 7 for that time. Between my and my son's PCs we have 4 platter based hard drives that range in age between 5 and 7 years.

    So, no, it is not a myth that the SSDs are not durable. compared to platter based disks their lifespan sucks. BUT they are soooo much faster that the cost is worthwhile to me.

    I back up all my data and I make a point of regularly mirroring my SSDs (which are OS and program drives) so that recovery will be relatively painless.

  3. James
    December 15, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    The absolute worst clickbaity title that you shouldn't click

    • Kelsey Tidwell
      December 15, 2015 at 5:33 pm

      Follow the links. The article is simply directing you to the links.

      The links.

      Look at the links.

      Links.

  4. A41202813GMAIL ..
    December 15, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    If An Irreplaceable HDD Dies On You, You Can Take It To Some Forensics Services To Try To Recover The Data.

    Can You Do That With An SSD ?

    Cheers.

  5. Paul D Pruitt
    December 15, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    I had an SSD die on me. It was from a good brand too, either SanDisk or Samsung, I don't remember. Inconveniently it was just outside of the warranty period...

  6. Johng
    December 15, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Why haven't I switched to ssd? Ssd cost per GB doesn't justify the benefits yet. My apps currently open near instantly and I never shut down my computer.

  7. Arthur
    December 15, 2015 at 11:03 am

    This post is just a crap. Come with tangible results from making experiments. Don´t write nonsense please!

    • likefun butnot
      December 15, 2015 at 3:31 pm

      @Arthur,

      Did you not look at the links the author provided?

      I mostly use consumer-grade SSDs for my server systems. They're good enough to survive the workload of hundreds of gigabytes of churning daily SQL transactions, backups and reports. I do expect that they'll crap out eventually but the changes in capacity and pricing over the last couple years are such that, for the time being, I'm willing to accept that so that I can make the case for the more expensive stuff later. The performance benefits are just too great for me to ignore them.

      As far as SSDs dying, I've been buying them for years and I've found the failure rates to be in line with magnetic disks. I expect to lose about 5% of the drives I have in service in a typical year and that's normally, approximately true.

    • Kelsey Tidwell
      December 15, 2015 at 3:51 pm

      Did you follow the links she provided?

      • Kelsey Tidwell
        December 15, 2015 at 3:51 pm

        Sorry, likefun butnot. Your post wasn't visible to me when I posted.

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