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spencer
Apr 13, 2011

Do SSDs last longer than regular hard drives?

What's the expected lifespan of each?

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nick.s008
06/24/2014

Yes I strongly feel that SSDs last longer than these standards hard drives. 

jimlynch
10/21/2011
Hi spencer,

You might want to take a peek at this article from ZDNet. They seem to think that SSDs are not any more reliable than hard disks.

SSDs no more reliable than hard drives
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/storage/ssds-no-more-reliable-than-hard-drives...

And here's a link to the detailed article it cites from Tom's Hardware:

Investigation: Is Your SSD More Reliable Than A Hard Drive?
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-reliability-failure-rate,2923.ht...
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James Gaskin
04/13/2011

While newer model SSDs haven't been in the field long enough to give real-life numbers, accelerated life testing shows SSDs will last for years and years and years longer than mechanical hard drives. After all, moving parts, like inside a hard drive, have a finite lifespan. Chips in the SSDs have no moving parts. In addition, SSDs create much less heat in operation than do rotating disks, and heat is the primary enemy of electronic components.

 

 

The expected lifespan of a mechanical hard drive is three to five years. While many last longer, any time you get past five years is a bonus, and shouldn't be trusted with critical data. SSDs are listed as lasting up to 2 million hours of use, which is probably an overstatement (just like mechanical hard drives say they run 500,000 hours).

 

 

That said, SSDs lack the two main killers of mechanical drives: movement, and heat. The more movement and heat in a component, the lower the expected life. SSDs should therefore run five to ten times longer, but "should" doesn't always mean "will" so take these numbers, as all vendor numbers, under advisement. But SSDs will last much longer than rotating disks.

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