SSD Media Wearout Indicator at 10%, is drive still safe to use?

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  1. Posts : 85
    Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
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    SSD Media Wearout Indicator at 10%, is drive still safe to use?


    Hello,

    I have a 180GB Intel SSD which I pulled from an old laptop (around 2014 I believe). The drive health is shown in crystaldiskinfo as 10% which seems to be coming directly from the Media Wearout Indicator:
    SSD Media Wearout Indicator at 10%, is drive still safe to use?-intel-ssd-health-crystaldiskinfo.png

    From this Ten Forums post, it looks like this SSD may be approaching its Nand erase cycles maximum:
    SSD Media Wearout Indicator at 10%, is drive still safe to use?-image.png

    The Total Nand Writes is 223 TB. Is this drive getting close to end of life? Is it still safe to use?

    Thanks!
    Last edited by Ocman76; 20 Mar 2021 at 17:46.
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  2. Posts : 39,954
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #2

    Any drive can be used until the terminal event as long as:
    a) important files are backed up to another drive or the cloud
    b) there are backup images

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    Before the terminal event there may be performance problems:
    a) slow read or write
    b) hangs / freezes
    c) unexpected shutdowns and restarts
    etc.


    Run HD Tune (free version) (all drives)
    HD Tune website
    Post images into the thread for results on these tabs:
    a) Health
    b) Benchmark
    c) Full error scan




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  3. Posts : 227
    Win 10 1809 LTSC
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    I dont think failure is imminent but I would be planning replacement at this point.
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  4. Posts : 5,174
    Windows 11 Home
       #4

    If I understand it correctly, it means, that you have lost 10%, thus 18GB.
    Mine SSD is worn out at 6%, it is 512GB, so I have only 482GB writeable.
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  5. Posts : 85
    Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
    Thread Starter
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    zbook said:
    Post an image of the test result into the thread
    Here are the test results. For some reason I get an error message when trying to run the write test in HD Tune:
    SSD Media Wearout Indicator at 10%, is drive still safe to use?-health.pngSSD Media Wearout Indicator at 10%, is drive still safe to use?-read.pngSSD Media Wearout Indicator at 10%, is drive still safe to use?-write.pngSSD Media Wearout Indicator at 10%, is drive still safe to use?-error-scan.png

    Seatools doesn't appear to provide much in the way of results unless I am missing something:
    SSD Media Wearout Indicator at 10%, is drive still safe to use?-seatools.png
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  6. Posts : 39,954
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
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    Download and install: Macrorit (free)
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    Run: Macrorit partition expert > Disk Surface Test (run overnight) > post images into the thread
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  7. Posts : 7,086
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
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    What does Intel's SSD utility report? See Download Intel(R) Memory and Storage Tool (GUI)
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  8. Posts : 3,862
    Windows 10 preview 64-bit Home
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    I'm surprised that Crystaldiskinfo is showing only a yellow warning at 10% health instead of red. Personally I would replace as soon as possible. This is my results.

    SSD Media Wearout Indicator at 10%, is drive still safe to use?-image.png
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  9. Posts : 1,249
    Windows 10 Pro
       #9

    The wear indicator isn't an actual measurement of wear. That isn't possible with current technology. It is just a calculation based on the number of erase cycles and the nominal rating. Some drives may take other factors into account. A drive can fail for many reasons and media wear out is only one.

    Some months ago I had an SSD failure. It was about 5 years old and drive heath about 96%. After failure it wasn't seen by the BIOS. As I had an image backup I did not investigate further. Any drive, new or old, can fail at any time, and often does with no warning or apparent cause.

    SMART was an attempt to predict failures in hard drives. In my view it isn't very accurate. It can be useful but never rely on it. The lack of warnings does not necessarily mean all is well.

    "Safe" is a relative term and highly subjective. I would replace the drive.
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  10. Posts : 1,238
    win10 PRO on 5 PC's and Linux mint
       #10

    Replace or backup frequently. if you can install 2 drives, clone to the second new one and dual boot the potentially failing drive till it dies. When it dies, switch to booting the second new drive in the PC
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