5 thoughts on “Your Guide to Solid State Drives”

  1. I don’t like the fact that they have a set, fixed number of cycles and no S.M.A.R.T. to determine when they die.

    1. I’d have to say that’s why backups are vital. Additionally, solid state drives WILL definitely and immediately improve your system’s performance and most likely your user experience. I’d recommend giving one a try if you haven’t yet.

      1. I’d love to… But with that being said, is there any use for SSDs when it comes to hosting out a server or something of the like? Besides performance, say you wanted a more permanent storage unit. Because if cloud services use SSDs I don’t know how much I would trust them. I could imagine those things burning out so quickly…

        1. Oh, absolutely! As previously said, SSD drives have extremely fast read/write speeds. Improving database performance, etc. Additionally, it should be noted that MAX writes are only theoretical units right now because of their age vs time in production at the very moment. To elaborate, it could take 10+ years to reach the max write cycles however SSD’s haven’t even been around that long.

          There are also quite a few interesting articles that are putting SSD’s through the mud so to speak. One article basically tried to make it fail by doing something like terabytes of reads/writes hourly for months on end with no stopping.. then checking validation to see if there was any data loss. The results were breath-taking. I’m sure google can help you find some of these.

          I remember seeing quite a few cloud hosting services using SSD and their performance is quite nice. Additionally, most of those services provide backups as well so that takes the stress of worrying about SSD failure off of your shoulders. Give it a try!

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