Windows 10: How SSDs work and what you can do to make yours last longer
In the early days of SSDs the longer life and reliability was largely an unrealized potential. That is a common situation with new technology. It takes time for manufacturers to understand the new technology and develop manufacturing techniques. In the early days such knowledge simply did not exist. The development of conventional drives was a long and difficult process.
At the present time quality SSDs will usually outlast conventional drives. They are also faster, consume less power, and have better resistance to physical shocks. That latter is particularly important in laptops. The only serious issue at present is that they are still rather expensive in the larger sizes. That will change, as is already happening, with a larger market share and as better manufacturing techniques are developed. Conventional drives were very expensive when first introduced.
There is little doubt that some form of SSD will eventually completely replace conventional drives. But we aren't there yet.
One thing hard drives have over SSD is retention life. A hard drive can sit idle for dozens of years and still retain its data. This is not true for SSD, In as little as a year or two, if the cells in the SSD are not refreshed, they will suffer bit rot. This is because SSD work by trapping (few!) electrons in potential wells, and the electrons will tunnel out of the wells over time, corrupting the data. Luckily the way ewe usually use SSD, this is not an issue.
The new phase-change memory like Intel's Xpoint do not work like SSD, more like hard drives - data is stored by making a semi-permanent change in state of the material (like magnet domain changes in a her disk platter). and thus have a very long retention life compared to SSD. This is the way of the future - faster than SSD, long retention life, byte addressable, and they also do not suffer from wear like SSD.
BTW the article is useless. Consumer SSD won't wear out for10-20 years for system disk on PC - without doing anything special. And for production file server usage, Enterprise MLC SSD, you can write around 10 Petabytes of data before they wear out.
And in mean time they leave all defaults for downloads, pictures, music, other MM stuff and everything else on C:\ drive, clean and optimize it, hibernate it and generally abuse it.
I move all defaults to other disk(s) but that's only to save space and make sure they are not gone if system or disk goes belly-up. It also makes for smaller footprint and full backup.
It's also pity all things concerning memory chips price went up last year or so, otherwise SSD would already hit same $/GB price as HDDs.
clean install goes fine. I then used wushowhide to prevent intel hd graphics 4600 from downloading. update downloads anyway
This is my first post and question so if it is not in the correct topic say to me and I'll try to move this to the right one.
My problem is about driver, application and probably compability issues that's why I put this one in the genereal topic....
After a series of updates, one of which must have been at issue, ALL of my conversion software applications now fail to /convert/ any files. The programs load properly but that is followed by various issues depending on the app.
Tipard will load,...
Windows finally bullied me into upgrading to Win10 from Win7 yesterday. Now some things that used to be clickable aren't.
Like this little window, for example.... nothing on it responds to the mouseovers OR clicks. 49382
Couldn't get my USB IR adapter to work in W10 and found the answer in the link below.