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how long will my SSD last

Discussion in 'Solid State Drives (SSDs) and Flash Storage' started by Danielson761729, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. Danielson761729

    Danielson761729 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi, i am looking to buy a Crucial 256gb sata 2.5i Solid state drive for my Acer Aspire 5750G lappy,

    I have heard alot about SSD's having a very Finite amount of read/writes that can be performed before the Drive becomes faulty.

    any research i have done on this has led me way beyond my limited computer knowledge and i end up with figures i cant relate to so my question is this.

    how long will this crucial 256gb SSD last me (me being the average user IE; i use mozzilla firefox every day do some moderate word processing gaming the odd editing with adobe premiere elements and photoshop elements)

    i have kept my question relatively general; because i imagine im not the first or the last to ask this question.
    thanks in advance,
    Dan.
     
  2. davepermen

    davepermen Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    it will last longer than you could ever care about the ssd. longer than your laptop, the next one..

    just don't care about it AT ALL. nothing lasts for ever. what matters is, does it last long ENOUGH (YES! YES YES YES), and will it suddendly die randomly? (NO! NO NO NO, unlike harddrives).

    especially on a 256gb ssd, it just doesn't matter at all.
     
  3. Danielson761729

    Danielson761729 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thankyou very much, thats the lamens answer i needed. Super boot times here i come
     
  4. wpcoe

    wpcoe Notebook Geek

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    And, in the other corner, I have a low-end Kingston SSD that I bought and installed about 1.5 years go, and this is what the SSDLife software shows me:
     

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  5. Peon

    Peon Notebook Deity

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    Wow, what have you been using that drive for? It should have 34nm if not 50nm NAND, both of which last 10+ years even if you reinstall Windows 7 once a day, every day.
     
  6. davepermen

    davepermen Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    ?

    you cut of the gb you've written to it. my intel ssds, after years of using them, still show 100%.
     
  7. ivan_cro

    ivan_cro Notebook Consultant

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    well, lifetime of ssd depends on usage, current generation has approximately 3000 writes per cell. Depending on type of use and controller in question that's in reality 1000 - 4000 writes.
    Since m4 has 1.1 average wa, that's about 2700 writes per cell.

    However, if you don't write constantly huge amounts of data to your drive that should last 5-10 years or even more for 256gb drive (256*2700 = 691200GB, and if you write 100gb a day which is a lot it'll last 6912 days, or approximately 19 years for flash alone to become unusable).

    therefore, no worries ;)
     
  8. Cloudfire

    Cloudfire (Really odd person)

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    I`ve had this SSD for 2 years now. Go figure :rolleyes:
    Love Intel <3

    [​IMG]
     
  9. JOSEA

    JOSEA NONE

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    ^^^ Cloudfire, is your point that the toolbox display is not accurate? I have the same SSD (80 GIG) & after 1.5 yrs I get the same display as yours.

    Thanks Cloudfire - I guess I will not give mine away afterall

    vVVVVVVVVVV
     
  10. Cloudfire

    Cloudfire (Really odd person)

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    No I meant that my drive (and yours) will work for many years since we have`nt had any health decrease during 2 years. Its very impressive, because I am using this laptop every single day. :)
     
  11. NotEnoughMinerals

    NotEnoughMinerals Notebook Deity

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    I find it hard to believe that it is indeed still at 100%, still probably in excellent shape but 100%... I wouldn't bet on it.

    Anywyas, the stated write cycles will vary with what SSD you choose.
    The M4 is rated at 3000, the Samsung 830 is 5000, and so on.

    The SSD will last dependent on usage, I find it useful to invest in a larger SSD and that way you don't need to worry about writes quite as much over time. Nonetheless, unless you actually plan on keeping one laptop for 5+ years I don't think you're in too much trouble in terms of lifetime writes unless you envision yourself using 6 year old SSDs with your brand new computer in the future.
     
  12. davepermen

    davepermen Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    it's still at 100% in ssdlife, too. all intels are. which makes sense, as they're considered to run for at LEAST 80 years (yes, they still use THAT as their lifetime estimate internally).
     
  13. DEagleson

    DEagleson Gamer extraordinaire

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    Modern SSDs should last at least 2 years, probably longer.
    I would guess the notebook would be considered ancient before the SSD fails.

    Here is two screenies of my SSDs with SSDLife.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
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    davepermen Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    [​IMG]

    OMG MINE JUST DROPPED TO 99%!!!!! :)
     
  15. Cloudfire

    Cloudfire (Really odd person)

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    SSDlife also reports 100% here too :)
    Off to dump this laptop in April anyways :p

    [​IMG]
     
  16. 5482741

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    It should last a fairly long time.

    I have a 256GB Crucial C300 that gets around 5GB-10GB of writes/deletes daily; and is often more that 95% full.
     

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    NotEnoughMinerals Notebook Deity

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    You better sell that thing off, I'm sure its bound to hit 0% any day now.
     
  18. davepermen

    davepermen Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Totally...

    Kinda reminds me of the "oh no the ashtray in my car was full, had to sell the car and get a new one" joke.
     
  19. wpcoe

    wpcoe Notebook Geek

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    No, actually that box on the bottom is blank, and I just cropped the image to lower the file size. Different drives report different data in that box: some have a line of data like shown in this thread, some have two lines (data read, data written), and some -- like mine -- display nothing!

    I started a discussion on another forum and it seems that "S.M.A.R.T." is not a standardized reporting mechanism. Different drives report different data and/or report it in a different form. Seems my Kingston doesn't report the amount of data written, or at least not in a format that SSDLife can recognize.

    FWIW, here's the full screenshot, and the data from CrystalDiskInfo:
     

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  20. kosta20071

    kosta20071 Notebook Geek

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    I don't think we should worry about this. If you buy SSD now I am sure it will last even longer after the SSD prices will drop down. Its expensive now but will cost the same as regular HDD's in the near future so why worry so much just make sure you backup the important data.
    I was also worrying about my Pionneer plasma 3 years ago because I heard plasma TV doesn't last for a long time and that you should use it only when you watch movies ..... I have used it 3 years as my computer screen and had no problems at all and the quality remained the same .
    The same goes for SSD .
     
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