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April 14, 2014 3:17:17 PM

I am a freelance commercial photographer. Generally, once or twice a week (occasionally every day for a week) i go out with my camera and crew and we shoot 40-120gb of data (images, metadata, directories, keywords etc) to the shiny new SSD in my laptop. We then travel back to my studio where it's transferred to a NAS, backed up, etc...

My question: Is my use case wrecking my SSD? I recently read that SSDs did better with "permanent" os style data than they do with the kind of read/writes that i'm doing. I'm just sort of worried that i'm "red lining" my hdd.
a c 885 G Storage
April 14, 2014 3:25:51 PM

which make and model SSD is it?
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a c 86 G Storage
April 14, 2014 3:27:30 PM

SSD's are best for boot drives. The trim function does not work unless there is an OS on the SSD. Your SSD should be OK if you optimize it every now and again. There are free apps that will do this. Optimizing an SSD is the same as trimming the whole SSD.
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April 15, 2014 12:29:18 PM

popatim said:
which make and model SSD is it?


Its a samsung 840 pro. Does brand matter? I thought they were basically working on the same principles. i know some read faster and some write faster. I'm more worried about wear leveling and cycles before bad sectors pop up. Am i just being paranoid?
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April 15, 2014 12:36:30 PM

spooky2th said:
SSD's are best for boot drives.


Meaning they're not so great for lots of read writes?

spooky2th said:
The trim function does not work unless there is an OS on the SSD.


My OS is on the drive. I also cycle a lot of data. Which I worry may be problematic.

spooky2th said:
Optimizing an SSD is the same as trimming the whole SSD.


Any good tools for mac?

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a c 817 G Storage
April 15, 2014 12:36:56 PM

See this endurance test:
http://techreport.com/review/26058/the-ssd-endurance-ex...

"By far the most telling takeaway thus far is the fact that all the drives have endured 600TB of writes without dying. That's an awful lot of data—well over 300GB per day for five years—and far more than typical PC users are ever likely to write to their drives."
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April 15, 2014 2:58:51 PM

SSD's are great for reading/writing large amounts of data fast. Especially if from one SSD to another. If transfering data from or to a HDD, the SSD will be slowed down because of the slow HDD.
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