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Are SSDs really worth it?

#21R_BrockPosted 3/8/2014 8:45:55 PM
SaltyBotz posted...
The thing that nobody is talking about is the lifespan of an SSD. Its at least 50%-75% lower than a mechanical HDD. My SSD crapped out after 2 1/2 years, and I was only using it as a caching device on a Z68 board. Which means it was used less than had I used it as a main drive.

Until they start making SSDs that last 5+ years, I'm not gonna buy another one.


Yes your one SSD is a sufficient sample size to make a claim about reliability. Some brands, like anything are less reliable. If you're really really concerned about reliability the Intel SSD's can't be beat.

SSD's are rated on the number of times their bits can be written to before bit exhaustion. Last I heard it was about 5,000 writes. Which doesn't sound like a lot. But on a 256GB SSD it would take you 13 years to wear the drive out if you completely filled the drive up every day. I would expect the number of writes to improve as time goes on.

I mean all sorts of hardware fails. NICs fail, Motherboards fail, graphics cards fail, RAM fails, SSD's can fail too. Most of the time that stuff just runs for years until you don't care about it anymore.
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#22MyDogSkipPosted 3/9/2014 1:00:28 AM
SaltyBotz posted...
The thing that nobody is talking about is the lifespan of an SSD. Its at least 50%-75% lower than a mechanical HDD. My SSD crapped out after 2 1/2 years, and I was only using it as a caching device on a Z68 board. Which means it was used less than had I used it as a main drive.

Until they start making SSDs that last 5+ years, I'm not gonna buy another one.


http://www.anandtech.com/show/6459/samsung-ssd-840-testing-the-endurance-of-tlc-nand

http://www.tested.com/tech/pcs/459034-backblaze-projects-median-lifespan-hard-drive-6-years/

Yeah, HDDs typically last sooo much longer.
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#23arleasPosted 3/9/2014 1:44:42 AM
I've had hard drives crap out after less than 2 years. I've had hard drives that lasted me 6 years. I also bought a ssd that everyone later told me was crap and I had no troubles with it. I've also bought hard drives that after several repeated failures in a short time I thought was crap and everyone here says they were fantastic.

tl;dr
nothing you say is going to match up with everyone else when it comes to HD/SSD lifespan. Unless you're buying them in bulk for a company and have some kind of major statistics to back them up, you probably just got "unlucky".

For the record the SSD In question was an OCZ brand and the hard drives I thought were crap were all Seagates.

Since switching away from Seagate I've noticed no problems (yet) and my hard drives are more than 3 years old where my track record with seagates would have them all dead under 2 years. Go figure.

Anyway, I feel SSD's are worth it but I also turn my computer off when I am away for more than an hour, but even if I left it on 24/7 I'd still find the responsiveness increased significantly.
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#24jgatlabayanPosted 3/9/2014 2:22:32 AM
Ssd spoiled me. Hate using a computer without it.
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#25Majoras_pantsPosted 3/9/2014 5:06:31 AM
I never turn my PC off, and rarely notice a difference since I got an SSD.

I love having one in my macbook though.

It really depends on the machine.
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