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My concerns about SSD's

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I've had them before as system drives, and they are fantastic, can't fault something that is silent and super fast that doesn't generate heat.

But I also value security of my data and OS as being more important than speed. I use true-crypt for WDE, and the wear-leveling on SSD's makes encrypting the entire drive not very secure.

One common operation done by users of truecrypt is to change the password of a single volume, or entire system encrypted drive. That involves overwriting the volume header to delete the master encryption key. However since an SSD doesn't map logical sectors to the same physical sector all the time (thanks to wear leveling) it's impossible to delete that data. With a HDD, your write data to a track and it remains at the exact same location, always. There's other data leaks too involved with SSD's and encryption.

In a time when police can come to your house and seize your computer for the most simple reasons (probably soon without a warrant) and NSA wiretapping, i'm atm still using a HDD as my system drive.

Any thoughts about this or anyone using SSD's with encryption but aren't too concerned?
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I'm not worried (it may be due to a lack of knowledge), but this does make me take a second look at the reason why solid state drives were invented. Or rather, why they were designed this way. I mean, you make a good point: it makes it far easier for "the authorities". Interesting food for thought.
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