Apr 22, 2016

How to tell if SSD is failing?

With a conventional hard drive, you can usually tell failure is imminent thanks to distinctive sounds (clicking, grinding, etc.). This method obviously won’t work for a silent SSD. What should I look for as a warning that my SSD might be failing?
Determining that conventional hard drive failure is imminent by hearing clicking and grinding is never a good idea. By that stage failure has already started, and will have been producing warning messages in the Windows Eventlogs for hours, days, weeks or months. It is not unusual to see warnings in the Windows Eventlogs months ahead of failure. The same is true of SSD.

Windows also reports HDD errors such as NTFS errors, read and write errors, and chkdsk errors.

The best method of detection in a commercial environment is a SMART enabled program that provides real time detection and analysis such as Hard Drive Sentinel or a program that is managing the Event Log such as Event Sentry.
Similar to an HDD you can tell that a drive is failing if you experience an increase in data corruption, bad sectors, and slow data transfer rates. You can also check the S.M.A.R.T metrics or other built-in HD monitoring tools to if the drive is degrading. In either case you should have a backup of some sort, in case of a complete drive failure (as unfortunately you wont always have warning signs to go by).
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