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Obviously, we know that SSDs still fail, though. All it takes is 10 minutes of flipping through customer reviews on Newegg's listings. But write-cycle exhaustion isn't the problem. Sometimes firmware is to blame. We know this because of the firmware updates vendors issue specifically targeting a documented problem. Other failures are electronic in nature. A capacitor or memory IC might go out, taking the SSD with it. Of course, we'd expect fewer issues with SSDs than hard drives, which have moving parts that invariably wear out over time. Do solid-state drives' lack of moving parts translate into higher reliability? Is the data on your SSD any safer than it would be on a hard drive?

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Lot's of interesting questions. No solid definitive answers unfortunately. But a very good read none-the-less.

To me, this article is a great reminder that although SSD's do not "wear out" like traditional drives do. There are still more than enough other factors that cause failure to level the playing field.

In any case, I for one have been in IT long enough to know that when speaking of hard drives it is not a question of IF they will fail. It is a question of WHEN.

NEVER BE WITHOUT A BACKUP!
Edited by wedge - 7/29/11 at 7:32am
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http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-reliability-failure-rate,2923.html

I have more faith in the X-25V in my laptop than any of my platter drives.
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Its on Tom's. I saw this last night...
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http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-reliability-failure-rate,2923.html

I have more faith in the X-25V in my laptop than any of my platter drives.

rolleyes.gif I dunno I'd put more faith into an old Hitachi drive from 1985 because they still can be found in working operation now. That's almost 30 years of a mechanical drive working, that is some great reliability if you ask me.
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rolleyes.gif I dunno I'd put more faith into an old Hitachi drive from 1985 because they still can be found in working operation now. That's almost 30 years of a mechanical drive working, that is some great reliability if you ask me.
I know what you mean. I have two drives, a Quantum Fireball and an old IBM, at home that are at least a decade old and still work fine. That being said, I would still say my SSD seems more trustworthy than my Deskstar or Caviar Blue or Black. I could be wrong, though. smile.gif

Maybe I just think this way because the SSD is more likely to survive... me. tongue.gif Technology-wise, I doubt either will last 30 years.
Edited by t-ramp - 7/29/11 at 7:43am
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Like the old saying goes "they dont make them like they used too"
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rolleyes.gif I dunno I'd put more faith into an old Hitachi drive from 1985 because they still can be found in working operation now. That's almost 30 years of a mechanical drive working, that is some great reliability if you ask me.

more reliable because they dont spin as fast as todays drives and are less portable.

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rolleyes.gif I dunno I'd put more faith into an old Hitachi drive from 1985 because they still can be found in working operation now. That's almost 30 years of a mechanical drive working, that is some great reliability if you ask me.
Totally agree. I've got an old 174 MB IBM HDD on my DOS box from 1987, and is still running strong until this day.

Everything is bound to fail at some point, but i've had some very decent (and modern) HDD's resisting my usage, like my Caviars (3 years and counting, not a single error, and i run Spinrite on them every 6 months) on RAID 0 and other PC's tongue.gif

My main issue with SSD's is price. I can buy (locally) a 2 TB HDD for the same price i can buy a 64 GB SSD on the net (then i gotta add shipping). I won't consider SSD's until they're worth at least $1/GB or less
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Totally agree. I've got an old 174 MB IBM HDD on my DOS box from 1987, and is still running strong until this day.

Everything is bound to fail at some point, but i've had some very decent (and modern) HDD's resisting my usage, like my Caviars (3 years and counting, not a single error, and i run Spinrite on them every 6 months) on RAID 0 and other PC's tongue.gif

My main issue with SSD's is price. I can buy (locally) a 2 TB HDD for the same price i can buy a 64 GB SSD on the net (then i gotta add shipping). I won't consider SSD's until they're worth at least $1/GB or less

178Mb is a huge HDD for 1987, back then I had two 20Mb drives and those were very expensive. For example, a computer with 1 single 20Mb hard drive was around $2000 (in 1987 dollars), and a computer with 70Mb was around $6000 (in 1987 dollars), and a computer with 115Mb was $11,000 (in 1987 dollars).
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Originally Posted by Starbomba;14391526 
Totally agree. I've got an old 174 MB IBM HDD on my DOS box from 1987, and is still running strong until this day.

Everything is bound to fail at some point, but i've had some very decent (and modern) HDD's resisting my usage, like my Caviars (3 years and counting, not a single error, and i run Spinrite on them every 6 months) on RAID 0 and other PC's tongue.gif

My main issue with SSD's is price. I can buy (locally) a 2 TB HDD for the same price i can buy a 64 GB SSD on the net (then i gotta add shipping). I won't consider SSD's until they're worth at least $1/GB or less

Wow, get a few more of those bad boys and you could have enough space for a CD's worth of music!!!
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