How likely are you to lose data from an SSD failure? According to Kroll Ontrack's survey of almost 2,000 people, pretty likely: 24 percent of respondents had lost data due to SSD failures. Here's what you need to know.
Kroll's online survey found that just 5 percent of respondents didn't use SSDs. Given their ubiquity in Macs, Ultrabooks, tablets, smartphones, and newer desktops that's not surprising. Even better, 81 percent used SSDs for performance, while only 10 percent thought they were more reliable.
That's good, because that's reality. As Kroll's Jeff Pederson, senior manager for data recovery, noted:
While adoption of SSD is up and failure rates between SSD and HDD are consistent, the types of failure are generally different. With hard drives, a bad motor or scratch in the platter can cause failure. Because there are no moving parts in SSDs, general electric failure or wear leveling failure are more common.
38 percent of survey respondents experienced a failure with an SSD, and of those, 64 percent lost data. That's just over 24 percent of all people surveyed...