Actually, the older drives are, assuming a perfect world, more durable. As the NAND shrinks, it grows more fragile and vulnerable to getting electrons stuck within the floating gates (electrons determine voltage states which determines bits and are moved via the magic of quantum tunneling) and the P/E cycle rating drops significantly. That said, I wouldn't trust an old SSD except maybe a Crucial SSD because almost everybody used faulty Sandforce drivers back in the day and those will do more damage than writes. I would also prefer to buy a used drive from somebody here, for instance, so I could ask about any glitches they've experienced or try and get a health report from them as opposed to Newegg where you might get a lemon two days after the return window closes.
Originally Posted by laughingthunder
but retail SSD just has history from around 2009 to now, so basically 4 years or less. The controller may be not stable enough with bugs while brands making HDD experience is much longer. For many years later, SSD definitely should be more stable than HDD, but now is arguable.
I've dropped an SSD and had it bounce a couple times onto hardwood floor. I dare you to do that with an HDD. I assure you, they'll last practically forever outside of ESD and normal wear-and-tear, which is longer than an HDD anyway. And NAND flash has been around for a long time too, but it just barely hit the consumer market, so that point is moot.