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Windows 7: Solid-state drives lose data if left without power for just a few days

09 May 2015   #1

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
Solid-state drives lose data if left without power for just a few days

Storage. It's not a sexy topic. But everyone uses it in some way or another. You have iPhones, you have computers. Everyone knows how important a person's data is. But it doesn't just "disappear."

Or does it?

New research suggests that newer solid-state hard drives, which are faster and offer better performance, are vulnerable to an inherent flaw -- they lose data loss when they're left dormant in storage for periods of time where the temperature isn't properly regulated.

The worrying factor is that the period of time can be weeks, months, but even in some circumstances -- just a few days.

Solid-state drives are better than regular mechanical hard drives, which are slow and sluggish. But unless they're battered around, smashed, or poured in acid, they pretty much last forever.
Read more: Solid-state drives lose data if left without power for just a few days | ZDNet

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09 May 2015   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1

Noticed the article didn't really specify the type or construction of the SSDs in question. Regardless, the age old practice of backing up one's data on a regular basis is still a necessary one, no matter what the data storage media is. Some things should never change.
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09 May 2015   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit Build 7600 / Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3

This is worriying... is there something confirmed about this? That would probably mean I will stick on HDD's until the end of humanity... or they fix this crap...
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09 May 2015   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

I'm thinking most ssd's are not used for storage in the first place.

I do not believe that a 9F degree change will have that much effect on a ssd unless you are some one selling hard drives.

My ssd's have that big of temp change in one day with the power off and I haven't had any problems. I have ssd's I use for backup sit on a shelf for weeks with 50 deg F swings in temp and still no problems.

It's hard for me to believe that companies like Corsair, Intel, Kingston and Samsung jut to name a few didn't look into this so called problem.

If one turns of the power to their computer and goes on vacation and they loose everything. B/S. Their would of been stories all over the net.
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10 May 2015   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

Yep. Just went on vaca. 9 days, all power off at power strips, 3 PCs with SSDs. All good upon return.
Samsung Pro SSDs: 1 user says GOOD!
End of story
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10 May 2015   #6

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Yea I shut down every night and all programs and files are on c drive
I don't use my laptop very often and it has everything on the c drive nothing ever came up missing :/

Ultimately I use hdd's for secondary or third back ups just because I have a couple to spare.

I'm not one to move the entire user folder to another drive or ssd for that matter.
The only thing I care about is personal files everything else can be re-installed.
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10 May 2015   #7

Windows 10 Pro - 64 bit

I just checked a 80 gig ssd drive that was not connected to anything for 1 year . all good ..
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10 May 2015   #8


ZDnet isnt a reliable site there downloads section doesnt even work and with this article i laugh, if it was tru im pretty sure it would have hit CNN or BBC news sites cos its like the millenium bug for SSD's
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11 May 2015   #9

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

Well I went away for vacation for 3 days but my laptop's either M.2 or MSATA is fine. I think the title of the article is pretty misleading as the article says this mostly applies to enterprise grade SSDs and the article itself doesn't say anything about lasting only a few days.
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12 May 2015   #10

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Yea I always feel dirty after visiting ZDNet.
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