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Windows 7: solid state drive lifespan

21 May 2010   #1
Maxheadroom

windows 7 64bit build 7600
 
 
solid state drive lifespan

do solid state drives have a life span?
thanks

an after thought; if you install the operating system to the SSD and install programs to a HDD do you still benefit from the faster speed when using them programs?


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21 May 2010   #2
osholt

Windows 7 Profesional x86, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
 
 

SSDs have a life span measured in how many times it can be written to before it starts to fail (the same as all flash memory).

In answer to your second question it depends on the program but you probably won't get the increased performance.

Oli
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21 May 2010   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

That's the whole idea of the SSD, to have fast access to the programs. Why would you want to install them on a HDD? And don't worry about the lifetime. It will last longer than you care to keep it.
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21 May 2010   #4
Sanvean

Windows 7 Professional 64
 
 

Intel guarantees that you can write 100GB of data to one of its SSDs every day, for the next five years, and your data will remain intact.
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21 May 2010   #5
win7clutz

Windows 7 Ultimate (64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sanvean View Post
Intel guarantees that you can write 100GB of data to one of its SSDs every day, for the next five years, and your data will remain intact.
Wow that's pretty cool info. Any chance you have a link to support this statement, I'd love to see it...
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21 May 2010   #6
fatedquest

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Intel's MLC have at least 1000 write cycles. I'll probably dump mine before I even reach halve of that. After half a yearm I've only managed to use 12 write cycles. Even if the wear leveling is terrible, it's still a long way to go
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22 May 2010   #7
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

If im not mistaken, its not really a write thats degrades them as it is erase cycles that matter.
Seems I read that somewhere, will try to find the link. I also recall reading the same statement Sanvean stated.

SSDs do not "die" so to speak as a mechanical drive does however. When it does die, you will still be able to read from it. just not write any new DATA.
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22 May 2010   #8
Sanvean

Windows 7 Professional 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by win7clutz View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sanvean View Post
Intel guarantees that you can write 100GB of data to one of its SSDs every day, for the next five years, and your data will remain intact.
Wow that's pretty cool info. Any chance you have a link to support this statement, I'd love to see it...
I remember reading it on an Intel link, but can't find it, but it is repeated here (plus allot of info about SSD life span.):
Intel X25-M SSD: Intel Delivers One of the World's Fastest Drives - AnandTech :: Your Source for Hardware Analysis and News

Also remember, this was written in 2008, so the firmware now is superior.
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22 May 2010   #9
Maxheadroom

windows 7 64bit build 7600
 
 

thanks some interesting info there.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
That's the whole idea of the SSD, to have fast access to the programs. Why would you want to install them on a HDD? And don't worry about the lifetime. It will last longer than you care to keep it.
mainly because the amount of stuff i need to put on the hard drive means i would need to get quite a large SSD and there still expensive.
does the SSD slow at all when the drive starts getting full?
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22 May 2010   #10
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

From what I have read, the lifespan should easily be 10 years. I'm certain that I won't still be using my 80GB Intel SSD drive 10 years from now.
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