Writting 20GB or more to an SSD

  1. Karanza's Avatar
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    Writting 20GB or more to an SSD


    Hey guys I have a question in regards to my SSD which is a Samsung 850 EVO series 500GB.

    So at the end of march ( I think the 28th or 29th) i wrote about 20.43GB of data to my SSD this includes updates for windows 10 (1803) and the game that I play. Today, I wrote about 24.04GB this includes the same thing as I've mentioned earlier. Obviously I don't write more than 20GB every day but these are the dates of when I exceeded more than 20GB. Now there were probably other times where I have exceeded 20GB or more but it is hard to remember because it was so long ago.

    I don't know if you guys who have SSD's write more than 20GB or 24GB a day which brings me to my question and that is if I write 20GB or more every like two weeks or a month, will that shorten the life of my SSD and is this something I should worry about all the time even if 20 GB or more are being written every 2 weeks or even a month.

    Or should I worry about it more when I write more than 20GB every day? The reason why I'm asking this question is because i was doing research about my SSD and it said "Lifespan with 20GiB of Host writes per day with 1.5x write amplification" including 2,000 NAND P/E cycles and 1,000TiB will make my 500 GB SSD last for 93.5 years (not sure if this is accurate but it's what google says).

    Lastly this question doesn't relate to SSD writes, but once you install your SSD into your computer and update the drivers for it, is the TRIM function turned on by default? because I don't have the samsung magician installed, thus I don't know nor have I played around with the settings on the magician software.

    Your help is greatly appreciated, Thanks in advance!
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  2. cereberus's Avatar
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    Modern SSDs are very write resilient. They have same life expectancy as HDDs nowadays.

    The prime failure nowadays is the electronic interface. That is why articles about 90 yr drive write life are ridiculous. No matter what type of drive you get, you can expect them to fail after a few years, particularly after five years as a matter of course. Just make regular backups of SSD to prepare for the day the drive fails (when not if). You may get less time, or more time - purely a statistical issue.
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  3. Karanza's Avatar
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    cereberus said:
    Modern SSDs are very write resilient. They have same life expectancy as HDDs nowadays.

    The prime failure nowadays is the electronic interface. That is why articles about 90 yr drive write life are ridiculous. No matter what type of drive you get, you can expect them to fail after a few years, particularly after five years as a matter of course. Just make regular backups of SSD to prepare for the day the drive fails (when not if). You may get less time, or more time - purely a statistical issue.
    I've only had my SSD for a year, should I worry about writting 20 GB or more on a weekly or monthly basis like I've mentioned earlier? Also, can you provide more information about electronic interface and how it increases the likelihood of an SSD failure?

    Again, thanks for your help!
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  4. Steve C's Avatar
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    cereberus said:
    Modern SSDs are very write resilient. They have same life expectancy as HDDs nowadays.

    The prime failure nowadays is the electronic interface. That is why articles about 90 yr drive write life are ridiculous. No matter what type of drive you get, you can expect them to fail after a few years, particularly after five years as a matter of course. Just make regular backups of SSD to prepare for the day the drive fails (when not if). You may get less time, or more time - purely a statistical issue.
    I've never experienced a failed drive and the hard drives in my oldest PC c. 2006 still work fine
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  5. Karanza's Avatar
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    Steve C said:
    I've never experienced a failed drive and the hard drives in my oldest PC c. 2006 still work fine
    I find that a little hard to believe, but you must be a lucky person to have a hard drive that will last for that long, you take great care of your hard drive :)
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  6. Posts : 2,108
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    You are fussing about minute details. The SSD deals with evening out wear and replacing memory cells with it's controller, and the memory cell technology used in a particular drive, a user has almost no input.

    " should I worry about writting 20 GB or more on a weekly or monthly basis like I've mentioned earlier? "

    No, you won't know what is really going on internally with your SSD, nor will you know what writes are being done and to where.

    An SSD/HDD will fail eventually, the older it is the greater the chances of failure.

    You must have a backup in place so when the drive fails you can get a new one, and get going again.
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