Originally Posted by jeffdamann
I havent seen any of my HDD's die on me, although I have rarely used one over five years, however, after 3 years usage, one of my SSD's reports as if its around 90% full when empty...
Maybe with new SSD's the lifespan will be longer and worth the investment into a machine that I want to last for the ages.
You and I have different experiences then.
I've had 3 phsyical HDDs fail on me, and 4 more among varying family members. None of my 4 SSD's have failed yet (although, I haven't had them for nearly as long as you have), despite 2 of them being under constant read/write usage since installation.
Originally Posted by Blameless
SSDs are physically more durable and don't have to worry about the mechanical failure of moving parts, but HDD's magnetic media has longer data retention than NAND (which even when unworn will only hold data for 10-15 years) and, barring physical damage, it doesn't lose its ability to hold information, no matter how much it's written to.
I suppose data retention is an important difference. SSD read/write limits don't matter for a home computer though, they really don't.