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Windows 7: SSDs are fast, but do they last?

31 Jul 2011   #11
MRValiant

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

The cost factor is still to high for me.


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31 Jul 2011   #12
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
Something else I'd like to point out - from some of the stuff I've read and heard some of the failures can be attributed to user error (excessive benchmarking).
Absolutely. I usually run a benchmark when I first buy the device to ensure it's on par with where it should be. But I don't frequently update drivers and I don't retest and retest and retest. As long as I don't notice a major problem, I assume its working just fine.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MRValiant View Post
The cost factor is still to high for me.
They are certainly getting better. Coworker of mine recently got a 60GB OCZ Vertex 2 for about $80. That's not too bad of a cost for the performance boost.
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31 Jul 2011   #13
smarteyeball

 
 

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SSDs probably fail roughly as as often as conventional hard drives do, but for different reasons.
That should be the standard rebuttal to all the 'Doesn't last, not safe" excuses people employ to justify not buying a SSD.


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[H]ard drives tend to fail more gracefully. SSDs often die more abruptly
This is the real crux of the fear. We can all accept components like HDD's die, but we simply aren't used to the suddenness of SSD death.

Relatively new, expensive, unproven technology on a mass scale plus a few horror stories have given SSD's an almost mythical and largely undeserved reputation of a temperamental thoroughbred.

If data is that important to begin with, users should be backing up regardless of storage being used anyway.


A dead HDD is just as useless as a dead SSD.
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31 Jul 2011   #14
Lebon14

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I currently have no problems with OCZ Vertex 2 90GB but... read"write speeds are sloooooooow.
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31 Jul 2011   #15
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Have you been writing a lot to it?

It will start 'Lifetime Throttling'.

Or it might need to run garbage collection, let your system sit at login for at least two hours at least once a week, this has worked for others.
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31 Jul 2011   #16
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

That's a good point Dave - sitting at logon.
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31 Jul 2011   #17
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

It's a known procedure for OCZ SSDs, and the other SF controller SSDs.

Not sure about all the other controllers, it's not needed for Intel SSDs.
It's recommended to run the Intel SSD toolbox at least once a week, mine is set on a schedule.
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01 Aug 2011   #18
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
It's a known procedure for OCZ SSDs, and the other SF controller SSDs.
I leave mine logged off overnight roughly once a week for my OCZ. Between GC and TRIM, I haven't noticed any perceptible performance degradation.


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Not sure about all the other controllers

My laptop has a C300 with a Marvell controller and the recommendation for logging-off is the same when it comes to GC.
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01 Aug 2011   #19
Lebon14

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
Have you been writing a lot to it?

It will start 'Lifetime Throttling'.

Or it might need to run garbage collection, let your system sit at login for at least two hours at least once a week, this has worked for others.

Wait... what? Really?! I never knew about that!
I don't really write to it much myself, but Windows does haha. Well, ok, I can let it sit ther everyday if I want to... I leave my PC open most of the time, so, let it sit at logon is just an other place to let it sit haha.
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01 Aug 2011   #20
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
I leave mine logged off overnight roughly once a week for my OCZ. Between GC and TRIM, I haven't noticed any perceptible performance degradation.
This is pretty much standard practice for me since I rarely shut down my system anyway.
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