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Is it necessary to wipe your SSD once a year?

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I have this friend who says that he wants to completely wipe his SSD to make it like new again because SSDs slow down over time because they have to delete info and put new info on there. I told him it's a dumb idea because he only had it for a year now and there is a point in life when you have to say enough is enough. He always wants the newest biggest and most expensive thing. My SSD works fine for me and I have no plans on wiping it clean to make it faster like when it was new. Honestly, can you even tell the difference between a 1 year old SSD and a new SSD? I can't.

Just to give you a hint of what else he wants to do, he wants to dual SLI Titans with an i7 3930k without realizing that's almost $3,000 just for those parts alone. Can someone please help me convince him that is way too much to spend on a computer that will primarily run Fallout games, Elder Scrolls games, Minecraft, The Sims 3, and Starcraft II? And can someone please explain to him that he doesn't need to wipe his SSD clean? I want to link him this answer.
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It's a dumb idea, you don't need to do this and your friend clearly doesn't understand how solid state drives work. The only thing you need to do is leave about 10% of your SSD free as a swap area.

As to his proposed build, again it's stupid. Why go with the 3930K for a gaming rig when the 3570K performs better in the majority of games and is a lot cheaper. What resolution is he gaming at? If it's anything less than 3x1080p then 2 Titans is a waste and he should reconsider his GPU choices.
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I've seen no adverse affects leaving an SSD running for more than a year. My i5 system is going on a year and a half now without a reinstall. I usually don't do that and prefer a refresh every 9-12 months, but haven't had any slowness problems due to the SSD.
 
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Your friend should send me a PM as I have a wonderful Eiffel Tower, 2 Big Bens and a Golden Gates Bridge all for sale.

Seriously though all he will do by constantly wiping and writing to his SSD is shorten its life. As to his 3930k and SLi Titans..... if that's what floats his boat let him though he could almost buy a decent bike for that or some time with a playboy bunny either would be in my opinion better purchases biggrin.gif
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My SSD did seem to slow down over time, but I don't think that is a fault of the drive. HDD's do the same things as bloat starts to build up from Windows and my bad habbits. Even my very full, old, SSD was much faster than the freshest Windows install on an HDD.

Its certainly not a requirement to wipe the drive, but its nice to use a fresh install.
    
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He should not wipe his SSD because it will not help SSD performance,it will decrease it .When you wipe,you writes zeros and zeros are not empty for SSD controller.Wipe is good for HDDs.He can "Secure Erase" SSD if he want to return or sell SSD to totally erase it.Secure Erase was good thing when we had no trim support.
Now you can only format SSD and you are good to go.
What he can do,is to upload screenshot of AS-SSD benchmark so we can see is everything alright.
About components,Titans and X79 if he have money to spend,i say go.I will always do same thing.Isn't this overclock forum or am i at wrong place.
Edited by Unit Igor - 5/17/13 at 1:00pm
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your friend sounds like he knows everything about nothing at all ssds have trim and garbage collection for a reason mines been going 1.5 years and still fast as it was the day i got it. I know someone that has 2 120 gigs in raid 0 on a x58 with no trim just Garbage Collection for over a year with no speed loss.
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