SSD Life Expectancy

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  • Published on Mar 26, 2017
  • SSDs have limited program/erase or P/E cycles. In this video I discuss the life expectancy of SLC, eMLC, MLC and TLC drives, as well as covering wear levelling, over provisioning, and TBW, PWB and DWPD endurance ratings.
    Note that the data presented in this video was obtained from a great many sources, including all major SSD manufacturers, and was up-to-date as of 25 March 2017. Note also that the second SSD listed in the table of client SSDs at c.6:41 is a Samsung 850 Pro, not a Sandisk 850 Pro (which does not exist). Sorry! :)
    If you enjoy this video, you may also be interested in the following:
    Explaining M.2 SSDs: thexvid.com/video/SP0Brsc0dMY/video.html
    Hard Drive Life Expectancy: thexvid.com/video/hr57KHDgaFs/video.html
    The Death of the Hard Drive: thexvid.com/video/CIkcSqqWdXU/video.html
    Migrating to an SSD: thexvid.com/video/A5xscW7_eL4/video.html
    More videos on computing-related topics can be found at: thexvid.com/user/explainingcomputers
    You may also like my ExplainingTheFuture channel at: thexvid.com/user/explainingthefuture
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  • zak dumaroc
    zak dumaroc Day ago +2

    ssd is unreliable to store valuable data, I lost a hard disk ssd 256 gb, however I think it is very useful to use it for booting computer system like windows 10 ...for me . i use a 120 gb for booting win 10 . and a normal "HDD 2.5 2 To" to store my data

  • Carl Yeates
    Carl Yeates 2 days ago +1

    Although SSDs are faster. The expense of buying one to leave enough space for it to last longer is something that I may not be able to afford every 2 years. Then the time in putting all the data back on too. Makes me wonder if I should wait whilst the technology has improved.

  • Balkan Division
    Balkan Division 4 days ago

    you look like 40 year old virgin... hahahaha
    no no
    you look like you are on sex protection program hahahaha

  • TheDuxun1977
    TheDuxun1977 5 days ago +1

    dat hair cut is sexy !!

  • Szienz
    Szienz 6 days ago

    Is there any terminal command where you can get system info on the actual number of P/E cycles an SSD has already had?

  • Rock&Roll
    Rock&Roll 8 days ago

    Ssd is the future no in 3 years ssd will be obsolete.

  • Robert Lloyd
    Robert Lloyd 9 days ago +1

    Also as far life expectancy of mediums I would like to see an episode on tape cartridges such as LTO Ultrium 5 Data Cartridge and or LTO Ultrium 6 Data Cartridge. I realize that these tape drives as expensive as most computers but it would still be interesting, and I not heard much about tape drives since MS-DOS or the Amiga era..
    I would also like to find out more about "SAS" AKA Serial Attached SCSI controllers, and the the Idea that one Mini SAS cable can control 4 drives and that 4 Mini SAS ports on one 8x PCI Express controller could control 16 drives. Which would be perfect for a central file server.
    Also the difference of SAS drives and controllers compared to SATA 3 controllers and drives. - not just one is enterprise and one is consumer. Some RAID breakdowns as well especially including Raid levels compared to each other by their usefulness based the three factors, speed, mass storage and protection. Raid beyond RIAD 5 are still a mystery to me.
    The difference between Fiber Optic networks vs standard Ethernet networks as well actual speed difference the 10gb (gigabit) difference in speed. Could a standard 720 rpm drive really transfer 1.250 (1.25 Gigabytes), or would a SSD need to be used for transferring that much data at that speed. Also what is the SFP module device and why it is needed. I sound like the only guy in class raising his arm saying "me, me, pick me teacher". You should be able to see I did not enough pay attention English class.
    Last be not least, what is the difference of shaving vs not shaving.

  • Phil Weatherley
    Phil Weatherley 9 days ago +3

    This man has obviously annoyed his barber but hasn't yet realised.

  • John Wilde
    John Wilde 9 days ago

    Is an SSD suitable to use as a smart TV disk drive, to be used for pausing etc?

  • Chima Alozie
    Chima Alozie 10 days ago +1

    Thanks for the video and information.
    My SSD seems to have died.
    I have my windows 10 installation on it.
    I have all Important files backed up so I'm good there.
    My problem is how to get back my windows 10 installed on it when I get a new SSD/Hdd. I had upgraded free from Windows 8.1 when Microsoft was handing out the free upgrade.
    I hate to have to go and pay for it now.
    Any ideas?

    • Sol Invictus
      Sol Invictus 8 days ago

      Grab a pirated copy, you n'wah.

    • ExplainingComputers
      ExplainingComputers  10 days ago

      If you reinstall Windows on a new drive connected to the same PC it should auto-activate. See here for the process: thexvid.com/video/Bz_AyZswvXM/video.html Good luck.

  • MEGA NZ
    MEGA NZ 10 days ago +1

    thanks well said

  • Bob Whammer
    Bob Whammer 10 days ago +2

    Never ever ever trust ANY single drv configuration, ALWAYS have a backup drive.

  • bilboen
    bilboen 10 days ago +1

    Holy shit, heard this guy was drinking with Jobs in his garage in the 70s.

  • Zo Pimentel
    Zo Pimentel 11 days ago

    My Intel SSD with 80GB Capacity that I have bought in April 2011 is still working today, March 2019. :)

  • Dario Impini
    Dario Impini 11 days ago +1

    Actually what you didn't mention is how secure is the data over time. For example say you use SSD as offline storage. You don't reach the maximum PE cycling, you just load it full and put it in a box. Ultimately you're literally storing a ridiculously small charge in a tiny cell. You come back after 10 years. Is that charge still there or has it leaked away? Do you still get your data back or has it turned to mush? How long can one expect to store data on a drive like this? 10 years? 20? 30? 100? (Last couple probably facetious as its unlikely anything will be around to read the media in 30+ years.)

    • Dario Impini
      Dario Impini 11 days ago +1

      +ExplainingComputers Oh no kidding, magnetic drives too? Oh man that doesn't speak well for my stored archives LOL.

    • ExplainingComputers
      ExplainingComputers  11 days ago +1

      SSDs, with minimal P/E cycles, should maintain data for a few years (ie 2-3). Like a HDD, an SSD needs refeshing (via read, not write) to reliably maintain data over an extended period of 5 years plus.

  • DerekSiems
    DerekSiems 12 days ago +1

    essentially: "The best way to use the already limited space on an SSD is to use as little as possible"

    aaaand back to HDD's I go. Seriously, I have an SSD and so much ends up on the mechanical drive anyway it's almost pointless. When 4TB SSDs with high P/E cycles can be had for $100, then I'll be on board. Until then, I'll wait another 30 seconds for Windows to load after a reboot.

  • Lion-Heart IV
    Lion-Heart IV 13 days ago +1

    Very informative. Thanks very much!

  • GamesAndElectronica
    GamesAndElectronica 13 days ago +1

    Yay! My SSD has more than 75% free space! :-D

  • Scarboro Sasquatch Station

    ExplainingComputers : Thank You Sir ! Your presentation regarding SSD (Solid State Drive) on their limited program/erase (P/E) cycles , the discussion on the life expectancy of SLC, eMLC , MLC , and TLC drives ! Plus you also cover ~ wear levelling , over provision , TBW (Terabytes written) , PWB (Petabytes written - Petabyte = 1,024 Terabytes ) , DWPD = drive writes per day (number of full SSD P/E every 24 hours) and most modern SSD's are able to withstand 100 Terabytes written or more , thereby lasting as long as the other parts for many years in an end-user PC ! *Yes , I now have learned how an SSD functions with the different terminology explained clearly ! Thanks Scarboro

  • Tore Lund
    Tore Lund 16 days ago +1

    The proper way to utilise a SSD, is to properly setup your OS and it will last longer than you: The trick is to do a frugal installation, (Windows to go) so basically the SSD is only read once at boot for a boot image like after hibernation, and very fast sequential read to a ram disk. At shut down, the opposite happens where the ram disk is written once to the SSD at shut down. You need a ton of RAM though, which actually is cheaper than SSD, but you have even higher speeds than running of the SSD directly and it doesn't wear and can be used by your grand children to play old school games 50 years from now.

  • Hugh Moore
    Hugh Moore 16 days ago +2

    Defragmentation ! ! !

    • Hugh Moore
      Hugh Moore 14 days ago +1

      +ExplainingComputers
      What do you hope to gain ? ? ?
      FYI
      A bigger bank will not make the world a better place . . .
      I believe that should be obvious by now ! ! !

    • Hugh Moore
      Hugh Moore 14 days ago +1

      +ExplainingComputers
      Okay . . .
      very funny . . .
      in fact . . .
      so funny I forgot to laugh ! ! !

    • ExplainingComputers
      ExplainingComputers  15 days ago

      Never defrag an SSD! :)

  • Not Divided USA
    Not Divided USA 16 days ago +2

    Thanks! Good information. I won't PANIC now.

  • VideoNOLA
    VideoNOLA 17 days ago +1

    Not covered: Data recovery. Whereas a failed HDD's spinning platter can be extracted and placed into a temporary housing for (at least some/most) data retrieval, once an SSD fails, all bets are off. So it makes more sense now than ever to have your data stored redundantly.

    • ExplainingComputers
      ExplainingComputers  17 days ago +2

      All true, but data recovery is not a life expectancy issue! :) So it was not discussed in this video. All drives -- HDDs and SSDs fail -- and so no data storage strategy should ever count on recovering any data from a failed drive. Backups as you note are always vital -- ideally 3-2-1 rule -- as I have covered in other videos. :)

  • VideoNOLA
    VideoNOLA 17 days ago

    Speaker slightly affected by rhotacism.

  • Simple Binary
    Simple Binary 23 days ago +1

    How does it affect the life expectancy, if you have most of your work on Read Only.

    • ExplainingComputers
      ExplainingComputers  22 days ago

      SSDs can only erase blocks, not cells. As you say, server use should could well be minimal write (depending on its usage and how much RAM it has to avoid caching). I would not worry about read loads on an SSD! :)

    • Simple Binary
      Simple Binary 22 days ago +1

      +ExplainingComputers Thanks for replying. Yes, but in a server, that would probably be insignificant as most of my process is Read & Update.
      Flash has got Write & Read & Erase right?
      If I'm touching a cell, that already has got data, in that block, how much P/E movement would there be in that block. Does it simply just write over the existing cell block or they need to erase?

      Now I'm worried about using QLC for heavy read work hahaha.

    • ExplainingComputers
      ExplainingComputers  22 days ago

      The less you write, the longer an SSD will last. Note that using Windows and also a browser creates constant writes though, as both create cache files.

  • Simple Binary
    Simple Binary 23 days ago +1

    What's the P/E of Samsung 860 QVO

    • ExplainingComputers
      ExplainingComputers  22 days ago

      The 860s are very good drives. I can't recall the figure, but it will be tens of thousands of P/E cycles, so should last many years in typical use.

  • Polecat54941
    Polecat54941 23 days ago +1

    Great information!

  • Paul Andrew Mitchell
    Paul Andrew Mitchell 23 days ago +1

    Thanks again, Chris. As always, your explanations are crystal-clear. FYI: we've been migrating our operating systems to a RAID-0 array of 2x and 4x quality 2.5" SSDs e.g. Samsung models. There has been a healthy debate whether 4 @ 120GB in RAID-0 have the same endurance as a single 480GB JBOD SSD. We use a combination of both, but OS performance is noticeably better when hosted by a RAID-0 array with 4 member drives. We also have a robust backup policy which stores drive image copies of our OS partition on all other data partitions in any given PC. Because storage capacity is relatively cheap now, we simply "age" our drive images by appending a serial number "suffix" (or filename extent) e.g. images.001, images.002, images.003 etc. Once any given OS stabilizes in one of our PCs, we use Partition Wizard, Symantec Ghost, or Acronis to "Migrate OS" to the primary partitions on all other drives installed in any given chassis. This policy allows us to change the BIOS boot drive easily, which then allows us to restore a good drive image by running the restore task rapidly from a backup OS. As such, every physical drive in any given PC chassis has 2 NTFS partitions: a primary partition for a working OS, and the rest is formatted as a data partition. The other great advantage to this functional policy is that it's very easy to recover from a virus or malware infection: we simply boot from a backup partition and restore a recent drive image of a working OS. Lastly, we also recommend that your viewers investigate the advantages of ramdisks for storing frequently used files, like the Firefox browser cache. Because modern RAM typically comes with a lifetime warranty, the "write endurance" of such RAM is effectively unlimited. In fact, our experience shows that our RAM sticks become obsolete long before they fail! Corsair sent us a check because one of their DDR2 sticks finally failed, but Corsiar no longer manufactures that model. Corsair did honor their lifetime warranty by reimbursing us in full for the original purchase price. Fortunately, G.SKILL still sell a compatible replacement. And, the performance of most browsers is significantly faster when their browser caches are moved to a ramdisk. Hope this helps. From the college of hard knocks, Paul out ...

    • ExplainingComputers
      ExplainingComputers  22 days ago

      Sounds like a great setup.

    • Paul Andrew Mitchell
      Paul Andrew Mitchell 23 days ago +1

      Here is how the drives in our "Wintel" PCs look, physically and logically:
      A: = floppy disk
      B: = (not used)
      D: = optical drive (typically)
      Physical Drive 0 (zero):
      C: = primary OS (usually a RAID-0 array)
      E: = data partition
      Physical Drive 1:
      F: = back copy of C:
      G: = data partition
      Physical Drive 2:
      H: = backup copy of C:
      I: = data partition
      and so on ....
      RamDisk:
      R: = for browser cache(s)

  • Ynys Lochtyn
    Ynys Lochtyn 24 days ago +1

    So u should be safe for 10 years. What is the approximate life expectancy of conventional hard drive? Also thanks for well explained (as usual) tutorial.

    • ExplainingComputers
      ExplainingComputers  22 days ago

      HDD life expectancy video here: thexvid.com/video/hr57KHDgaFs/video.html -- in general, at least until now, HDDs last longer than SSDs.

    • cwli1
      cwli1 24 days ago

      About 5% of SSDs fail in the first 3 years, regardless of make. Kingston have the best customer service: www.kingston.com/company/warranty
      The Kingston A400 are good SSDs and go up to 960Gb.
      A 120Gb SSD with TLC NAND, like the A400, can easily write 2Gb daily for 50 years. If they still work after 3 years then there's a good chance they could last for decades. Make sure you have much more memory than you use.
      You can get free software that gives you lots of info on your SATA SSD/hard drive thexvid.com/video/leY2U9zbmPk/video.html
      A bigger hard drive is more reliable since you can just copy your files to save wear and tear. An operating system can be re-installed in another partition. Doing this means you could get 6-7 years out of it.
      SSDs use much less energy than desktop hard drives. In 2 year's time SSD prices will have dropped a lot. By then it won't be worth running a desktop hard drive.

  • hruthik 20
    hruthik 20 25 days ago

    Thanks for the video. it is very useful for us.. www.datasoft.ws providing Dedicated Server and cloud servers in fully functional way and deliver to you within hours.

  • tellibombi
    tellibombi 26 days ago +1

    CLASSIC 😂

  • Keene Tiedemann
    Keene Tiedemann 27 days ago

    I did not find SSD any faster

  • Grace Owens
    Grace Owens 28 days ago +1

    but you're still using traditional spinning hair style and glasses

  • Amonny
    Amonny 29 days ago +1

    The haircut needs to go :P

  • Randy McClure
    Randy McClure 29 days ago +1

    What are the indications an SSD is failing?

    • ExplainingComputers
      ExplainingComputers  29 days ago

      Sometimes an SSD slows down, and reports write errors. But they can also just cease to work. I had an SSD fail about six months ago. Windows crashed. SSD dead, never worked again.

  • Moran Taylor
    Moran Taylor Month ago +1

    My 2012 era OCZ Vertex 4 is still working fine so far it has been running for 37556 power on hours (approx 4.28 years!) The second disk was replaced due to failure in 2014 (Seagate ST3000DM001).
    The SSD has not exceeded 50% disk utilisation during its life.

  • Scream Bloody Murder
    Scream Bloody Murder Month ago +1

    Funky looking guy...

  • Anthony Griffiths
    Anthony Griffiths Month ago +1

    I've been a devoted fan of ssd's for years now but yesterday I had my first ever ssd failure - a 250Gb samsung evo went down (my windows 10 C drive) and I almost lost some very important data. Fortunately I was able to get the thing to start up one last time and managed to rescue my system. It was a wake up call to make more regular backups...

  • Navysealsnake
    Navysealsnake Month ago

    Ya'll sleeping on the bowl cut, this man is smart.

  • Rumi900
    Rumi900 Month ago +1

    I program from home on an SSD notebook and save all my work files each work day. I backup to two cascaded network hard drives AND a flash drive (takes about 5 mins to complete the backup - plenty of time to take a wizz). The SSD drive is therefore only ever used as working space. I use a 120 GB SSD drive and never have it more than 60% full. If it last 10 years, I reckon I'm WELL in pocket, no question.
    Oh, and I'm still using SyncToy ! Works fine for me.

  • 32shumble
    32shumble Month ago +1

    It's true that this was a bit lengthy for many people and even though the conclusion was 'SSDs are fine' didn't come to until the end it still deserves a thumbs up.

  • LAST TRUMP
    LAST TRUMP Month ago +1

    My Toshiba 128 GB SSD only lasted me about 3 years before totally dying - lost everything on it and had to use an old backup so I don't accept what this guy says will last many years and maybe a decade. Keep regular restore points and especially full backups.

    • LAST TRUMP
      LAST TRUMP Month ago +1

      +ExplainingComputers fair enough. I did get a second hand one and estimate its total lifespan so potentially could have been older than 3 years. Sad thing about SSD's is that no recovery at all worked unlike the old HDD's used to so have to be especially careful.

    • ExplainingComputers
      ExplainingComputers  Month ago

      Sorry you lost your data. But I never said that *all* SSDs will last many years and maybe a decade. As the video discusses, it depends on how the drive is used, and all times cited are inevitably an average. I also noted that backups were vital! :)

  • Dino Di Lucido
    Dino Di Lucido Month ago +1

    Ok, so this vid was made almost 2 years ago, how much have SSD's improved ?
    Someone fill me in.

    • ExplainingComputers
      ExplainingComputers  Month ago

      Capacities have increased, prices have fallen. But that's pretty much what manufacturers have focused on over increasing longevity. But the bigger drive you get, with the same data stored, the longer it will last.

  • Nita Gregorio
    Nita Gregorio Month ago +2

    Old version of john lenon

  • 松田もしくろす
    松田もしくろす Month ago +1

    So how does this compare to the life cycle of a hard drive?

    • ExplainingComputers
      ExplainingComputers  Month ago

      Hard drives do not have the same write limitations, but can suffer mechanical failures. Video here: thexvid.com/video/hr57KHDgaFs/video.html On average, a HDD will probably last longer in careful use.

  • RAINVEX
    RAINVEX Month ago +1

    Are you Bill gates

  • Twin Cities Dashcam
    Twin Cities Dashcam Month ago +1

    Very informative. I finally installed SSD's in my desktop and laptop just for the OS. Still keep 5+ regular drives for backup.

  • Dainis Desa
    Dainis Desa Month ago +1

    Scotty Kilmer for Pcs

  • Dmitriy Usmanov
    Dmitriy Usmanov Month ago

    Чмошник какой-то💩

  • daniel pirkl
    daniel pirkl Month ago

    0:13 sounds like gay

  • Palos Alejandro
    Palos Alejandro Month ago +1

    Are you trying to look like Bill Gates?

  • gary burrows
    gary burrows Month ago +1

    hi . 5:32 time of video . the subject of provisioning ..... is this why i hear people whining about why their 500 gb drive only shows roughly 470 gb ? Does this mean the ssd comes shipped with internal provisioning ? or is there another reason why the drive is slightly less than it's claimed capacity ... I've noticed this with regular hard drives as well in the past ....

    • ExplainingComputers
      ExplainingComputers  Month ago

      In part over provisioning may cause this issue. But formatted capacities are always less than cited. And there is the GB vs GBi issue . . .

  • Northwoods 9
    Northwoods 9 Month ago +1

    Get to the point.

  • codstar3
    codstar3 Month ago +2

    after spending 20 years plus building and fixing computer systems and have been out of the loop due to farming and forestry life change, I now find myself in need of an upgrade and your excellent information and presentation has brought me up to speed...keep up the good work

  • Bowling P82V2
    Bowling P82V2 Month ago +1

    I personaly will wait more until the ssd tecnology evolves more.
    Great video !!!

    • Mikael Gaiason
      Mikael Gaiason 13 days ago

      Nvme era is coming... SSD is already fully developed and reliable. If you're still running an HDD and are waiting out the market, skip SSD and go straight to m.2 nvme when you pull out your wallet.

  • S H
    S H Month ago +1

    Buying my SSD was the best thing i ever done. My three plus year laptop (I7, 16GB RAM) got a new lease on life when I upgraded to SSD (1TB), it really made the whole system blazing fast. In my opinion, definitely recommend switching to SSD, if you see your laptop/desktop becoming 'sluggish' after a few years.

  • Luca Colombo
    Luca Colombo Month ago

    Great video! I just installed a Samsung SSD (860 EVO) within a iMac 27" late 2015. When I restored my machine using time machine, the new SSD drive was formatted using APFS filesystem. I need to force trim also with this new filesystem ?

  • Kobold 88
    Kobold 88 Month ago +1

    I am wondering if it would be possible to archive low workload and capacity SSD's and re-write them once every year...just to re energize the cells (imagine an SSD that only stores 12GB on a 32GB SSD and has only been re-written 10 times over 10 years...can we make the SSD last longer this way?)

    • Kobold 88
      Kobold 88 Month ago

      +ExplainingComputers thank you

    • ExplainingComputers
      ExplainingComputers  Month ago +1

      An SSD should be fine left for a year in archive without powering -- more than that I would worry without refresh. You also don't need to rewrite every year, just read the data.

  • scronx
    scronx Month ago +1

    Thanks for this invaluable info. Just for fun, what do you suppose will come after SSDs -- biological memory? ;-)

  • frognik79
    frognik79 Month ago +2

    Bought a Samsung SSD 840 PRO 256GB like 6 or 7 years ago, it has seen some heavy gaming usage and it's still going strong.

  • Scorch428
    Scorch428 Month ago +1

    only drives ive ever lost data on are USBs....they can break after a week, lol....

  • Scorch428
    Scorch428 Month ago +1

    NAND gates have been known for decades, so why are SSDs only invented recently?
    Just curious...

  • j jon
    j jon Month ago +1

    my h.d. is 16 yrs old now with no problems if a ssd last longer i might buy one

    • Dalle Smalhals
      Dalle Smalhals Month ago

      ..hope you have backup...
      My oldest HDD was a Conner 120MB in my Amiga 1200! Never more than ½ full! DEAD now! Then again that's 26 years....10 to go for you ;-P

  • Carl Vandenberg
    Carl Vandenberg Month ago +2

    Just bought my first pc with an SSD as the main drive and very happy with it. Also use a 256GB SD card to double total SSD capacity and a 5TB external HDD that I back everything onto for long-term storage.

  • Rahul Bera
    Rahul Bera Month ago +1

    Awesome video. Very informative

  • Skoda La Skoda
    Skoda La Skoda Month ago +1

    HOLY SHIT.....just joking

  • Richard Freeberg
    Richard Freeberg Month ago +1

    I like this gentleman's presentations as they seem technically correct without going off the deep end. Some of his videos go pretty fast, so I slow them down with the playback rate setting since some important points whiz by without my fully comprehending. But then my poor aged brain seems to be running at a slower clock rate these days... LOL Been twiddling with homebrew computers since Altair but the changes just keep coming fast and furious - so it's nice to have someone lay out the latest greatest bit-wizardry in plain EE speak without the "fog" of marketing!

  • Jack The Lad
    Jack The Lad Month ago +1

    Tripple?

  • john McLean
    john McLean Month ago +1

    For an IT idiot like me this clear and informative

  • godwhomismike
    godwhomismike Month ago +1

    I had one of the early generation of SSDs (60GB OCZ Agility: Model: OCZSSD2-2AGTE60G) from 2010, and it failed at almost exactly 5 years. I have a Samsung 500GB 840 Series SSD from early February 2013, and it seems to have some speed issues for the last year now. It still works fine, but it is definitely slowing down, and some benchmarks I ran show this as well. I swapped another SSD in (which was cloned from the old one) and the performance was exactly as advertised). So, in my experience, at the 5-6 year mark, there is a performance degradation issue that develops over time.

    • godwhomismike
      godwhomismike Month ago +1

      60GB OCZ Agility: Model: OCZSSD2-2AGTE60G: Installed October 4, 2010 and failed on July 6, 2016
      500GB Samsung 500GB 840: Installed February 16, 2013, started noticing performance degradation on March 22, 2018

  • Dalle Smalhals
    Dalle Smalhals Month ago +1

    Samsung 840pro 128GB from 2013 stil my OS drive!
    Crystal' says at 02-06-2019:
    THW: 25,759 GB
    Starts: 3227
    Hours: 20,530
    Health: Blue n' happy at 100%
    and if: PANIC! Get a Towel...;-D

  • Leland Matt
    Leland Matt Month ago +1

    did we need 8 min video couldnt you just say the answer is ........"many years over a decade. 100 terabytes of written data.

    • Dalle Smalhals
      Dalle Smalhals Month ago

      Hmm, well now I know that: 'Leland Matt internet Expert' is the one to follow (or not) ;-D

    • ExplainingComputers
      ExplainingComputers  Month ago

      If you want to understand how and why SSD life expectancy is limited, and how user choices impact that life expectancy, then yes. A video of this length is needed. "Many years . . ." is not a definitive answer depending on the usage scenario.

  • Shuffler703
    Shuffler703 Month ago +1

    My new machine has a i TB SSD. it is fast but I am backing to a safe drive.

  • JohnsontheFly
    JohnsontheFly Month ago

    Pussy destroyer

  • Debo
    Debo Month ago +1

    "DONT PANIC!!!!"......coming from a Bitish Basterd!!!!!!

  • Skulls of the Earth
    Skulls of the Earth Month ago +1

    The life time of samsung ssd can last until you are a grandfather, simply do not activate the rapid mode function.

  • Jeff Little
    Jeff Little Month ago +1

    So, important takeaway. For your computer swap space, save your old SSD that you would throw away and move your swap space there. You will protect your data drives from over use while giving yourself the option to massively overprovision (50% or more) even with very small drives.

  • Leonardo Matos
    Leonardo Matos Month ago +2

    What's with the haircut, Harry?

  • __
    __ Month ago +1

    lol 1.5 year life expectancy o.o

    • __
      __ Month ago

      +ExplainingComputers oh you were saying in the video how if you are going through 20gbs a day within a year and a half the SSD will die and to make sure you leave free space on the SSD so it doesn't use the same nodes over and over and become obsolete :D

    • ExplainingComputers
  • Moron Blaster
    Moron Blaster Month ago +1

    I keep my stuff back up on multiple DVDs and then I have for SD cards plugged into my computer at all times that are constantly being used to backup everything but I don't want to lose. I've had way too much data lost over the years to trust it to just one or two backups

  • Dark Phoenix
    Dark Phoenix Month ago +4

    My first SSD was a 120 GB Sandisk, it basically wore out after 5 yrs, even with provisioning. So I'm not too keen on Sandisk anymore. My current ssd is a 250 GB Samsung 850 evo and it has 75 TBW, I've used about 16 TBW after nearly 3 years, so it's going strong and should last at least 10 years. Hate to say it but for my main ssd it'll be Samsung in the future, but I'll buy cheaper ones for backup/storage, that I won't access very often. Hoping to get a couple of 970 1 TB evo's or pro's if my budget allows which I'll raid 0 for extra performance.

    • Dark Phoenix
      Dark Phoenix Month ago

      +godwhomismike Ya I think the early ssds had very poor endurance and they gradually got better over the years. It's also a question of how full the drives are and also how hard you use them. My 850 is still as fast as it was originally. The newer ssds have far better longevity now, esp when you buy it in the larger capacities like 1 TB. Also if you go with the 970 Pro for example it uses TLC which has far superior read/write endurance. But for most people most drives nowadays will be adequate as long as they run demanding tasks on them all the time.

    • godwhomismike
      godwhomismike Month ago +1

      First SSD from 2010 was an OCZ Agility 2. It failed almost exactly at the five year mark. With my Samsung 840, once it past the 5 year mark, I started seeing performance degradation. At 6 years, it's still running, but the computer is definitely not my primary machine anymore. I might replace it with a new drive. Last year, I cloned it to another SSD just to test it, and the new drive was operating at full speed, where the 840 when I put it back in was running at 2/3 read speed and 1/3 of its original write speeds.

  • Brother Snippy
    Brother Snippy Month ago +1

    Pardon me Ma'am may I speak to your husband?

  • apaput
    apaput Month ago +1

    good hairdresser

  • Stephen Flynn
    Stephen Flynn Month ago +2

    Excellent video, thank you.

  • Arvin Lee
    Arvin Lee Month ago +2

    Keep up the good work!!! This was helpful in building my new pc.

  • one in a zillion
    one in a zillion Month ago +1

    My first SSD green from WD went bad in 6 months. The health of the replacement drive I got under warranty has been steadily decreasing since the past few months. From 99% to 90%.

  • Artful Dodger
    Artful Dodger Month ago +2

    Thank you to William Guenthner
    , you saved me minutes of senseless waffle.

  • Q
    Q Month ago +1

    I have a 120GB OCZ Vertex 3 from 2011 that I never had any extra overprovisioning on, and it’s worked find... however I never did much writing with it. It stores my music and a couple games.
    In my new PC I’m using a couple Samsung 850 Pro drives (a 256GB and a 1TB) as well as a 512GB 960 Pro (in addition to two 6TB WD Black HDD’s for larger storage needs).
    I just setup ~10% overprovisioning on all my ssd’s, as the Pro series leaves such choices up to the end user (unlike the Evo series which has minimal overprovisioning setup by default, hence the lower advertised capacities on the Evo drives).
    I do miss the extra space used by overprovisioning, but my thinking is that the capacity I’m giving up will be worth it if it helps increase overall performance and assists in the drives lasting longer... at which time I’m hoping I can get 4TB+ SSD’s realatively inexpensively (compared to their current price).

  • Tech Ideas
    Tech Ideas Month ago +1

    Glad you mentioned this.

  • Deepak Mishra
    Deepak Mishra Month ago +1

    What are the software available to check the remaining life or pe cycles of ssd?

    • cwli1
      cwli1 Month ago

      A 120Gb SSD with TLC NAND can easily write 2Gb daily for 50 years. If they still work after 3 years then there's a good chance they could last for decades.
      www.smartmontools.org for all operating systems.

  • midibenni
    midibenni Month ago +3

    Plug`ed a Samsung SSD 250GB in the year 2012 in my computer and runs and runs. Lifetime is far beyond these 1.200 days. And i stored very large files.

  • bart gt3076r
    bart gt3076r Month ago

    my corsair m2 mp500 is failing after 10 months

  • Robert Hjalmarsen
    Robert Hjalmarsen 2 months ago

    Google had mind reading technology on the down low or something, coz it's happened a few times recently that I've thought of something and a video explaining literally what I was thinking would pop up a few mins later. Illuminati confirmed and all that 😂

  • FlightSimMuseum
    FlightSimMuseum 2 months ago +1

    Very well explained!

  • Guy Incognito
    Guy Incognito 2 months ago

    Thank you for the reassurance. I panicked a bit all day yesterday about data storage security ^^

  • Alfred Malam
    Alfred Malam 2 months ago

    OK, another member of the Beatles!, Thanks by the way.

  • Puppy Pet
    Puppy Pet 2 months ago

    finally some recognition for my backup logic. I'm a hobby computer tech and the magic number for backup for me has been and always been 3. This is the first time I heard an expert say ideally the magic number is 3. This way data belongs to you. 1 source to me means you do not even own it. 2 sources means it's yours if luck is on your side, hee hee. Backup 3 times is my only guarantee I'm going to be fairly secure it belongs to me.
    Thank you so much for the video very informative I loved every minute of it. Amazing the way you took the time to put this together and I thank you very much

  • Sam Sırri
    Sam Sırri 2 months ago

    09:09 did he say "and I hope to torture you again"?

  • Donna Peroche
    Donna Peroche 2 months ago +2

    The Monkeys called and they want their hair back

  • JustAlex
    JustAlex 2 months ago

    Mine died after 3years somehow