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Windows 7: Buying a SSD for later use

27 Apr 2014   #1
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 
Buying a SSD for later use

I am thinking about getting the 840 EVO for later use when the new computer I will be getting needs a clean iinstall. Sadly, my budget has decreased and I will not have enough money for buying neither a PC from a boutique builder or build it myself. I may just go with the XPS 8700 which is at the edge of my budget. (Now $750 so it is kind of over budget) Since it comes with a HDD, I may buy the 840 EVO before I move to Korea because it is cheaper here even though Samsung is a Korean company for use when either the HDD dies or I have to reinstall Windows. (Or use it as a external drive if none of the above happens before a new SSD comes out and makes the 840 EVO obsolete) Will the chips in the SSD start rotting after time passes? I have heard that this happens to flash drives and since SSD have similar chips, I am worried that the SSD will rot without use. Is it even worth it to buy the SSD this early?


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27 Apr 2014   #2
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

I'd just buy now when you need one, prices may have even come down by then.
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27 Apr 2014   #3
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

a rotting hard drive!? thats a new one!

do you live underwater? are you small yellow and square and live in a fruit based house!?

if the answer is no.. then youre all good!!

the parts used to make an ssd are no different from any other computer component, and that meaning theres nothing to go wrong even if left for years on years out.

a computer part not in use will last an infinite time longer than one in use theres a slight paradox for you!
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27 Apr 2014   #4
madcratebuilder

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by badger906 View Post
a rotting hard drive!? thats a new one!

do you live underwater? are you small yellow and square and live in a fruit based house!?

if the answer is no.. then youre all good!!

the parts used to make an ssd are no different from any other computer component, and that meaning theres nothing to go wrong even if left for years on years out.

a computer part not in use will last an infinite time longer than one in use theres a slight paradox for you!
Data on ssd's degrades over time when not powered on, 1 year is the average life of stored data in a power off ssd. Of course no effect on a empty ssd, only the data.
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27 Apr 2014   #5
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

data on a solid state drive and or flash memory should last forever, of course you cant prove it because forever is too long to measure.

theres nothing to degrade. the only limiting factor is the number of read and write cycles.

some claim 5 - 10 years but as the technology hasnt been around for that amount of time again impossible to tell.

also theres millions of factors to consider so all experiments would differe.

plus how many people on an enthusiast level I.e the type of people who know what and fit ssds arent likely to keep a component 5 years let alone 10!
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27 Apr 2014   #6
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Comp304, you've had 2, that I know of, very, very long threads about building/buying a computer, but you have not yet. Ask when you have money in hand to go get something.

To answer this, don't buy a SSD till you are ready to actually use it, it will cost less. As they said, prices are dropping now and will likely continue. Samsung's SSD business in located in California.
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27 Apr 2014   #7
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Yes, I think I am going to far ahead into the future, I should be worried about the present than the past. Well, my old phone still seems to be working which was off for 2-3 years so I guess it should work after no use for a few years. But I decided I will not buy it because a better SSD may be on sale by then.
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