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    How SSDs work and what you can do to make yours last longer

    How SSDs work and what you can do to make yours last longer


    Posted: 20 Apr 2017

    CNET editor Dong Ngo explains how SSDs work and offers a few useful tips on how to make them last a long, long time.
    Do this to increase your SSD's lifespan! - CNET
    Borg 386's Avatar Posted By: Borg 386
    20 Apr 2017


  1. Posts : 3,081
    W10 Pro + W10 Preview
       #1

    This article is self contradicting..... I quote two sentences below....
    SSDs still fall short in a few places compared to normal hard drives, in particular regarding their write endurance.
    That said, if you use an SSD the way you would a hard drive, chances are it will still last longer than a regular hard drive would.

    IMO it would take some doing to write 50gb daily for 12 years which is considered to be the quoted guaranteed lifecycle off an SSD.
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  2. Posts : 2,068
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       #2

    I have had an SSD in my old destop now for about 8 years. It's still fine. I don't do anything heroic to preserve it. It's next to useless now as it's only 80GB.

    Almost everybody will outgrow capacity long before their exhaust write endurance.
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  3. Posts : 13,957
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       #3

    The Samsung 250GB EVO I have was installed in January of 2013. So far it has 10.2TB of data written to it in over 4 years. I do nothing special to accommodate it, just use it. At this rate it would take around 88 years to wear it out (if my math is even close :) ).
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  4. Posts : 13,689
    Windows10
       #4

    That article is basically a waste of time - modern ssds last far longer than "first generation" ssds.

    I had one in my old laptop for five years and it had only deteriorated by around 3%. My latest ssd is 18 months old and not even 1% deterioration.

    In reality, you can expect to replace a PC every five to say eight years. It is far more likely the electronic interface will fail on a modern ssd than actually wear out the add from a write perspective.
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  5. Posts : 26,395
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       #5

    by Dong Ngo/CNET
    Another wannbe hardware geek touting to old 1st generation SSD tweaks

    Just hook the darn thing in, and install Windows.

    If you are cloning or re-imaging from another disk to a new SSD, then run winsat formal in an admin command prompt, reboot. and now Windows will automatically set the system for SSD use.

    Leave page file, prefetch & superfetch alone.
    Don’t Waste Time Optimizing Your SSD, Windows Knows What Its Doing
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  6. Posts : 1,250
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       #6

    This article has a tells the story of an SSD endurance test:
    http://techreport.com/review/24841/i...nce-experiment

    SSDs are not like fragile snowflakes that must be treated with tender care. They are robust devices that are really difficult to kill with writes. In the tests they survived far more writes than the manufacturers specifications.

    Most of what the CNET article says about the pagefile (except how to configure it) is wrong. Leave it on system managed unless you have a need to do otherwise. The performance characteristics of an SSD make it an almost perfect match for the typical usage patterns of the pagefile. On the other hand, those of a conventional drive could hardly be more wrong. The only legitimate reason to put the pagefile on a conventional drive is if this is necessary to conserve space on the SSD. But that should only be a last resort.

    Use an SSD as you would a conventional drive. It will likely fail from other causes long before writes become a factor. But more likely the drive will need to be replaced because it is just too small.
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  7. Posts : 1,261
    Windows 11 25131.100)
       #7

    Ztruker said:
    The Samsung 250GB EVO I have was installed in January of 2013. So far it has 10.2TB of data written to it in over 4 years. I do nothing special to accommodate it, just use it. At this rate it would take around 88 years to wear it out (if my math is even close :) ).
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  8. Posts : 19,240
    W11+W11 Developer Insider + Linux
       #8

    Both of my SSDs are older than this computer. In the mean time I had to change two HHDs because they have started to deteriorate badly, pending sector move. One was a very respectable 2TB IBM/Hitachi and another a 1TB WD Black.
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  9. Posts : 28
    windows 8.1
       #9

    I dont think cheap SSD's last that longer, for people like me which take cheaper SSD's avoid too much writes i fell a good idea. My first SSD last 4 months before write speed become to 0KB/s and i need to RMA it, reading speed was fine but write just stoped working and was not possible to move or install anything into SSD. That was 2 years ago. The one i received back is the one running right now and since i got it i made some tweaks to try preserve writes on it. Now it has around 12TB total host writes for 2 years running. Maybe i was just unlucky with the first one but i dont trust this cheap SSD's.


    The biggest disk writers i find in my system was firefox cache and TEMP directories which writes above 30GB per day with my usage, so i always move both of them outside my SSD.

    PS: Just to say that 12TB writes is with all that time preserving excessive writes in SSD and keeping biggest write applications out of it.
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