Storage Talk – Get Familiar With Solid State Drive

Solid State drive

Actually there has been lot of buzz about SSD working efficiency and causes for damage. But, recently Google Study has proved that age can kill Solid State Drive, but work doesn’t matter.

SSD that stands for Solid State drive that performs the same job as of HDD. Means it also facilitates you to store your data either your system is on of off and is non-volatile in nature. It’s very much faster than hard disk because of having zero latency that is no read/write head to move. Along with offering you greater protection in hostile environment, it’s very much reliable.

There are various manufacturer of SSD that offers dizzying array of options. Some of the them are Transcend, Crucial, Samsung, Biwind, Intel, Lite-on, Kingston, Sandisk, Toshiba, etc

But recently, a research shows that solid state drives can lose data over time. Means there is a place where SSD’s performances falls short specially comparing to hard disk drive because of some factors like

  • Frequently recording and deleting data on SSC – Every SSD has certain amount of read/write times and super-passing this number will definitely reduces its performances speed or efficiency. The approx timing of deleting current SSD is 5000 times, so try your best to avoid copying and deleting data on SSDs. In that case, it is better to use 1 SSD and 1 HDD so that you can install your window drive to SSD and other data to HDD.
  • Defragment (Defrag) SSD – One of the great difference between SSD and HDD, HDD needs to be defragment in order to make it more compact, however this theory is not applied with SSD as defragment in SSD reduce the number of read/write and thus there is a great possibility of it’s life expectancy. One thing you must know about SSD, that it doesn’t uses disk blade that means it has very small period to locate and read data. Hence, defragmentation is never going to increase performances.
  • Unfavorable Environment – warmer environments is one of the recently found factor that can result damage to Solid State drive. It’s really very surprising that, a powered-off drive in 104 degrees Fahrenheit may start seeing data loss after a couple of weeks.
  • Keeping SSD full alltime – While having very few or insufficient space, SSD needs to write data temporarily in order to cache memory and arrange data later which is really very time taking and slow process that reduction in the performances of SSDs.
  • Not using TRIM command – Undoubtedly, SSD performances will fall down if if using it for long time as because it consist of NAND flash memory that cannot overwrite data. Means if you are looking to write any data at specified or desired location, then chip controller have to delete existing data from that specified location. In that case TRIM is going to be very helpful for you, as this command helps you to view that is useless and can be deleted without any loss that will definitely increase the overall performances of SSD. One thing you must kept in ming that this command is only compatible with Windows 7 and Windows 8. You cannot use this command in Windows XP or Vista. Also, you should not use SSD on these two operating system based device.

Solid State Drive Damage


A disappointing situation is that any SSD does not give much warning before it fails. But don’t worry. If a solid state drive fails there’s not much that you as you can still recover it by using any third party software.

There’s no silver bullet that kills drives nor is there any magic potion that will protect them. Still you can take some preventive steps for well performances of SSD. Some of the preventive steps are:

  • Reducing the partition size probably increase the life span of the SSD.
  • It doesn’t matter how careful you are,the SSD will, in the end, die a painful death. That’s why, it is highly advisable to keep regular backup of all your data so that in case of any damage to SSD, you can restore your valuable data. It will be definitely less painless comparing to losing data.
  • Try for using TRIM command as it’s an operating-system order that guide the SSDs controller to preemptively erase used cells containing unneeded data that help SSD at great level in order to stay away from performances degradation issues.
  • Purchase highest capacity SSD up-to which you can afford, so that you can get better performance.
  • Try to use SSD for the computer’s operating system and application software, so you don’t need to read and write throughly. You can store your movies and most of your other data on a mechanical hard drive.

You might feel SSDs as exotic or cabalistic. But I think, after writing this blog, you will be quite familiar with it. Now you can doubtlessly buy any SSD in order to store all your data.

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