SSD Lifespan

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  1. Posts : 2,487
    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
       #21

    hussam said:
    Would waiting till it is 98% left, then multiplying the currently written by 100/(100-98) give me the estimated total life writes?
    I think that's how that indicator works--multiply by 50 if it says 98 left.

    But I don't know how useful that is----it's an estimate at best.

    The drive could drop dead in 10 seconds and they are also well known to last well beyond the TBW---which as far as I can tell is mostly there so the manufacturer can refuse your warranty claim if the TBW is exceeded. Once it's out of warranty (5 years?), it's every man for himself--just like with any refrigerator, car, or pocket knife.

    Personally--I'd just make sure I had ordinary backups and keep on doing what you are doing. It's not like the things cost $500 bucks or emit phosgene gas---as far as I can determine.
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  2. Posts : 34
    Windows 10 pro
       #22

    Alright thank you, I guess regular backups is the best strategy in my situation. At least, that's what the store that sold me the laptop said.
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  3. Posts : 1,871
    W10 pro x64 20H2 Build 19042.610
       #23

    sbh7600 said:
    Maybe a little OT, what program are you using ?
    As ignatzatonic says, 'Crucial Storage Executive', but not the latest version... see below.

    ignatzatsonic said:
    That's Crucial's "Storage Executive".

    Which I just downloaded for the first time. Bad idea. It seems to think that my Crucial MX100 is really an M510 and then won't allow me to update firmware from mu01 to mu03---which is just as well since the drive is performing well as is.

    I just got off a 30 minute chat session with Crucial about the issue. No help whatsoever. So I uninstalled Storage Executive and will continue on mu01.
    I've a recollection that I installed or updated to the latest version and there was some issue or other. I can't just remember exactly what, and that I ended up undoing it with a disk image.
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  4. Posts : 24
    W10
    Thread Starter
       #24

    Thank you guys all for your answers!
    I have the samsung 860 evo 500gb ssd and this has a maximum of writes according to the manufacturer of 300 tb. At the moment I am writing 6tb in a year, but because I formatted and installed windows and games many times. when I had windows 7, I performed all the optimizations suggested on the web and one of them was to move the temp folders to a second hdd, I did so, but now I have windows 10 and from what I have read no optimization is needed. I had also moved the folders to HDD, but I began to wonder if there really was so much writing, as to justify it. For me to work for 10 years, it would be perfect, although doing accounts, the ssd will survive many more years ...
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  5. Posts : 7,089
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #25

    My Intel SSD 520 from 2012 used daily still has 100% health according to Intel's SSD utility.
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  6. Posts : 11,180
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
       #26

    Hi there
    It's amazing how things that are donkeys years old and have absolutely no validity any more are still treated as if they merit "Gospel Truth".

    SSD's - even the cheap ones will last as long as or possibly longer than the average "Spinner" HDD's". The only thing you should NEVER do to them is use defrag types of programs on them -- totally unnecessary since no moving parts it doesn't make any sense to jiggle bits of file around to re-arrange on the disk -- any address takes as long (or as little) time as any other, no rotational delay to reach the data segment involved etc -- absolutely zero gain by defrag. (That said I never even since as far back as Windows 3.11 saw any noticeable benefit by even defragging a standard HDD).

    Don't worry at all about SSD lifetimes. Chances are it will last longer than your computer.

    @ppdemo - at 5TB a year that SSD will still be good in 50 years time -- by then if it's still working a museum might pay a fortune for it --- "an old device using electricity ----remember when electricity was still used in homes !!! that disappeared a long time ago with climate change rules " -- but as a museum we have an exemption allowing us to use electricity to demo obsolete pre 2050 machines etc".

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  7. Posts : 7,257
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #27

    Nice Jimbo
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  8. Posts : 5,817
    Win 11 Pro (x64) 21H2
       #28

    This question about SSD life expectancy has been floating around for a while ever since some tech lab posted about this subject. Yes, you can prematurely kill as SSD as noted in the link by Bree, but it takes some work, and not anything any normal, or even power user would do on a regular basis.

    Regardless some have taken posts like those and turned them into the gospel truth that SSD's are less relievable than HDD's. There's a certain poster over at dpreview.com in the PC section who consistently pushes this FUD anytime there's any suggestion of getting an SSD drive over an HDD drive.
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  9. Posts : 13,301
    Windows 10 Pro (x64) 21H2 19044.1526
       #29

    SSD s are much better than Spinner HDs no moving parts, I have HDs dated 1999 and 2001
    which still make the smart check and still reliable. Its likely with normal wear and tear
    SSDs will outlast any HD.
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  10. Posts : 1,484
    Win10 Pro
       #30

    ignatzatsonic said:
    I think that's how that indicator works--multiply by 50 if it says 98 left.

    But I don't know how useful that is----it's an estimate at best.

    The drive could drop dead in 10 seconds and they are also well known to last well beyond the TBW---which as far as I can tell is mostly there so the manufacturer can refuse your warranty claim if the TBW is exceeded. Once it's out of warranty (5 years?), it's every man for himself--just like with any refrigerator, car, or pocket knife.

    Personally--I'd just make sure I had ordinary backups and keep on doing what you are doing. It's not like the things cost $500 bucks or emit phosgene gas---as far as I can determine.
    phosgene, thereís a word you donít often hear SSD Lifespan-image.gif
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