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A Sensible Approach to the Issue
Authored by: chucky23 on Jan 06, '11 07:52:16AM

"Those concerned about SSD wear should read this report: Press Resources Debunking"

Can we agree that there are many CONFLICTING reports being issued? There are also reports showing some bad real world outcomes with heavy wear on SSD's, and well as reports claiming it is a non-issue.

My take on the issue:

- I don't think the science is settled yet on this issue.

- I think this is a new technology where long-term issues will be discovered in the real world long-term.

- I think different manufacturers are experimenting with different solutions to the issue.

- I think folks involved in SSD manufacture and sales have an interest in pushing reports that take one particular side of the issue.

- In short, I don't think we yet know with anything even getting close to certainty about the long-term effects of heavy wear on SSD's.

So, I tend to take a balanced approach. I disable "hibernate & sleep" on my SSD laptops, since it's an ever-present source of VERY heavy writes. I try to leave my SSD's 50% empty to not put stresses on provisioning schemes.

Disabling "hibernate & sleep" doesn't bother me, since I can manage low battery situations on my own, without any real hassle.

Leaving my SSD's 50% empty doesn't bother me, since I don't need much local storage, because I keep my media on the LAN, and I can tunnel into my LAN when I'm traveling.

Those two steps seem like the low-hanging fruit to me.

Beyond those two simple steps, I don't worry. I don't put my Safari cache on a RAM disk. I don't change my behavior to avoid disk writes. I just enjoy the speed of my SSD.

Everyone is going to take different strategies, depending on their own needs. (If you're rich, don't worry, since you can just replace the SSD in 18 months. If you want to keep a machine with that SSD in it for 5 years, take some simple precautions, since the real verdict on the technology is in dispute.)

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A Sensible Approach to the Issue
Authored by: unforeseen:X11 on Jan 06, '11 08:38:12AM

If there was a "Like" button here, and I actually had a facebook account, I would hit it. ;)

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