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05-26-2020 07:31 PM
rluker5
Quote: Originally Posted by Asmodian View Post
I just bought some 100 GB m-disks. I had no idea M-disc tech had made it to bluray and there are already BDXL versions! They do seem like a decent backup option, if not particularly cost or time effective.
I went with standard bluray since I see an end coming to the manufacture of those devices and I wanted max compatibility.
It wasn't THAT long ago when I was taking too long browsing VHS tapes at Blockbuster and Planet Video.

But there are a lot of BDXL players out there too. Maybe mine was slow with the m-disks since it was from 2013. Now I just have to protect the disks.
05-26-2020 07:07 PM
Asmodian
Quote: Originally Posted by rluker5 View Post
I just put ~38GB on a couple 25GB m-disks. At about 4MB/s. Somehow I never picked up on it being so slow. At least they work fine and should last until they meet a fire or the plastic disintegrates or are lost by some future generation or something.
I just bought some 100 GB m-disks. I had no idea M-disc tech had made it to bluray and there are already BDXL versions! They do seem like a decent backup option, if not particularly cost or time effective.
05-26-2020 06:51 PM
rluker5 I just put ~38GB on a couple 25GB m-disks. At about 4MB/s. Somehow I never picked up on it being so slow. At least they work fine and should last until they meet a fire or the plastic disintegrates or are lost by some future generation or something.
05-26-2020 06:34 PM
OliverYY thanks for your reply and suggestion.
04-14-2020 06:53 AM
Lady Fitzgerald
Quote: Originally Posted by OliverYY View Post
Hi,
I have heard that SSDs fail suddenly and without any warning.
Its been some years I purchased my SSD.
Is it possible to predict when my SSD is going to fail?
Even though SSDs are more reliable than HDDs, strictly speaking, it is impossible to predict when and if an SSD is going to fail (that's also true of HDDs). It is true that SSDs can fail suddenly and unpredictably with no hope for recovery, even if the SMART attributes show the SSD to be in perfect health. Of course, the older the SSD, the higher the likelihood it will fail but it still can happen at any time, even when brand new.

However, there is no need to worry about it as long as you have your data properly backed up. To reasonably ensure data is safe, it must exist in three, separate places. The simplest way to achieve this is on the computer, on an onsite external backup drive, and on an offsite external backup drive. For a drive to be a backup drive, it must be kept disconnected from the computer, powered down and stored away from the computer except while updating the backup.
04-14-2020 03:46 AM
rickhsk
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There is software that can tell you roughly. For example CrystalDiskInfo has a "health status" but most importantly, you can see if there has been any reallocated sectors or retired blocks. The latter is a sure sign of imminent failure soon(tm). My first ssd from 2014 is still working readvia great. I've had plenty of hdd's that were performing great but just randomly died without any warning signs whatsoever. However my old Samsung F3 is still working and it's older than my first ssd by a couple of years.
Is windows tool that optimizes external HDD is of any use? Does it increase HDD life or it's just a fancy tool?
03-27-2020 01:29 AM
TheBDK There is software that can tell you roughly. For example CrystalDiskInfo has a "health status" but most importantly, you can see if there has been any reallocated sectors or retired blocks. The latter is a sure sign of imminent failure soon(tm). My first ssd from 2014 is still working great. I've had plenty of hdd's that were performing great but just randomly died without any warning signs whatsoever. However my old Samsung F3 is still working and it's older than my first ssd by a couple of years.
03-27-2020 01:05 AM
Awsan I use hard disk sentinel and it's useful but it's really hard to predict these kind of things.
03-26-2020 08:37 PM
rares495 There is no way.

SSDs are silent so you won't be able to hear clicky noises like is the case with spinning ancient tech.

Write endurance is never as advertised, so that number's useless too.

SMART can help but most likely won't.

HWInfo can sometimes show some drive warnings, but for SSDs it does whatever it wants.

I guess the motherboard's BIOS sometimes fails to detect drives and maybe that could be a sign, but that's very unreliable because it could also be the port, cable, some firmware glitch, etc.
03-26-2020 08:33 PM
Paradigm Shifter The only SSD I've had fail on me died with no warning whatsoever - died in the night about six months after I bought it. It's funny because I bought three of that particular drive and its two siblings are still going strong four years later.

I've got a range of SSDs, ranging from getting on 10 years old (Crucial C300) to a ones bought just a few months ago. All except that one dead Sandisk are still in (almost) daily use, although older ones are no longer in mission critical boxes.

So no, SSDs die with no warning. Although keeping an eye on their estimated lifespan can't hurt.
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