Storage forum: Ready for solid-state drive, but long-term reliability has me worried

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) March 1, 2013 2:14 PM PST

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Ready for solid-state drive, but long-term reliability has me worried

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 3/1/13 2:14 PM

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Ready for solid-state drive, but long-term reliability has me worried


Now that solid-state drives are coming down in price, I am thinking of
swapping the hard drive I have in my laptop for a 256 GB solid-state
drive. However, I have read in the past that these drives use flash
technology and this technology is only good for a large but finite
number of write requests before it starts to fail. Since some files,
such as swap space, are used pretty heavily, is long-term reliability
going to be an issue? Based on this concern, are there any instances
when an SSD isn't recommended? Also, are there any performance specs
that we should consider while choosing a solid-state drive? Thanks for
any suggestions.

--Submitted by: Phil B.

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