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What exactly constitutes a "write" on an SSD?

#1TehPwnzererPosted 9/7/2013 11:39:17 AM
Is it only loading programs and games onto the drive? Is it putting hte computer to sleep and waking it up again? Is it both? If all I'm going to do is put Windows on it and nothing else and save all my programs and games for a HDD, will that preserve the drive? I just need to know what qualifies for a "write" because the thing that has been holding me back on really investing in them is their lifespan. HDD can last for years upon years. I still have one that works from almost a decade. But SSDs are twice as much money for a fraction as much space and from what I'm told, they're limited to a significantly shorter period of time before they go bust.
#2DV8ingSourcesPosted 9/7/2013 11:41:26 AM
Don't worry about 'preserving' the drive anymore. These newer SSD's will last well over 5 years of normal use. Unless you are recording fraps onto the ssd on a daily basis, you fall within normal use.
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#3NicodimusPosted 9/7/2013 12:12:01 PM
Anything that actually gets recorded on the SSD.

While you don't need to obsess over it, you can prolong the life of your SSD by being smart about it. Don't use it for downloads. Don't use it for file storage or creation. Don't transfer files to it 24/7, when you could just as easily use the hard drive instead. Just put your games and programs on there, and be done with it.
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#4arleasPosted 9/7/2013 12:15:07 PM
I've heard that keeping the drive mostly full and doing a bunch of small writes is more harmful than having a lot of free space and doing bigger writes to the drive...supposedly the drive tries to "level" out the wear by spreading out where files are saved, but if the same small space is all that's left to write to, then that part of the drive will wear out faster.

I don't know this for a fact though, just going by what I've heard.
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