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Solid-state drives lose data if left without power for just a few days
Storage. It's not a sexy topic. But everyone uses it in some way or another. You have iPhones, you have computers. Everyone knows how important a person's data is. But it doesn't just "disappear."
Or does it?
New research suggests that newer solid-state hard drives, which are faster and offer better performance, are vulnerable to an inherent flaw -- they lose data loss when they're left dormant in storage for periods of time where the temperature isn't properly regulated.
The worrying factor is that the period of time can be weeks, months, but even in some circumstances -- just a few days.
Solid-state drives are better than regular mechanical hard drives, which are slow and sluggish. But unless they're battered around, smashed, or poured in acid, they pretty much last forever.
Update: Anandtech has looked into this more closely, and notes that "while there is some (read: very, very little) truth" to the broad strokes of the notion that SSDs can lose data while in storage due to temperature fluctuations, the figures included in the presentations were from a drive that had exceeded its endurance ratings. Newer drives also have considerably higher data retention, typically around ten years. It's worth digging into the Anandtech article for further insights.
Last edited by labeeman; 14 May 2015 at 07:13.