How Long Do Solid State Drives Last

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So you brought a SSD or NVME and you want to know how long do solid state drives last? well you have different types of drives. Single Level Cell (SLC), Multi Level Cell (MLC) and Triple Level Cell (TLC) Quad Level Cell (QLC) SLC being the most expensive and the most durable and QLC being the less expensive and the least durable. Remember Not All Flash Is Created Equal. We will go by Total Bytes Written (TBW) Mean time between failures (MTBF) Warranty and Drive Writes Per Day (DWPD) All these need to be taken into account when buying and SSD and also what you plan to do with the SSD. If you are looking to doing gaming, video editing and other high performance tasks tasks on a daily basis, you may want to buy a High Endurance drive. Always use the right drive for the right type of workload.

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  1. I forget who did the study but they’ve been testing some SSDs for over 5 years right now. None have failed in the test. I have an SSD running on a system that is over six years old and it keeps trudging along.

  2. How long do they last? Short answer. Long enough. ¯_(ツ)_/¯
    My Main drive is a Second hand SSD. I've loaded, and reloaded more Linux Distros and Windows installs on it then i can count. It had three years of use on it by the time i got my hands on it. Crystal disk shows 76% lifespan left after years of abuse. I've come to the opinion that, most modern SSD drives will last as long as the machine they're mounted in. It's not something most users need to worry about.
    People who do heavy gaming, production work, move lots of data around, AKA Enthusiast, they might want to be more cautious. But most "normal" users don't need to worry about such things. SSDs in the early days weren't as robust. But these days they're fine.
    One good habit to be in though, is when you buy an SSD, buy one with more space then you actually need. If you run the drive almost full, it's going to die faster simply because of how the ware leveling technology works. My SSD on Windows is about 40% full. On Linux it's closer to 20%. And i have a secondary HDD i put my Data and Steam library on. and in the case of Linux my Home directory. Seems to work pretty good this way.

  3. I have a 1tb Samsung ssd that is 2tb from its TBW rating and 30% full…it's over 5 years old and I'm very happy with it…normal use..no editing or heavy gaming…Samsung magician says still good..when I ask what happens when it exceeds its TBW I get different answers. The lab tests aren't always the same as user experience. (Got it all backed up and it's replacement is standing by).

  4. Superb and useful information.
    As a photographer, I use a HDD for storage, because I work with pictures and videos all the time. The SSD drive is only used for programs and other.
    I might be wrong, but I imagine, it will prolong the lifespan of the SSD.

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