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May 2, 2012 1:56:06 PM

Hello,
It appearws I will soon be replacing my Western Digital boot drive for the third time in two years. (Running out of permissions to re install software!)
Would an SSD be likely to outlast another HDD?

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May 2, 2012 2:10:05 PM

Well depends on the SSD.
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a b G Storage
May 2, 2012 3:29:17 PM

ssds degrate over time. how fast depends on the quality of the ssd..
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May 2, 2012 5:05:57 PM

Both (SSD & HDD) should last for at least 5 years.
On HDDs while capacity has gone up I find that their reliability has gone down.
1) Use newegg, even if you do not buy, to evaluate what is more reliable.
2) even if you go the route of an SSD, you would need a HDD as SSDs over about 120/128 gigs get expensive.

If you have gone thru 3 HDDs in 2 years I would look at an underlining cause such as a PSU or MB causing the drive to fail. You did not list the specific model of WD drive.

EX: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
As you can see WD 1 TB drives do not have what I call a good rating, for ex:
.. Geen Drive .. 26 % 1/2 egg ratings
.. Blue Drive .... 43 % 1/2 egg ratings - OUCH
.. Black Drive ... 19 % 1/2 egg ratings

.. Samsung F3 .. 14% 1/2 egg ratings (HDD that I normally buy)

Ref for WD drives: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For Samsung 128 gig 830: 1/2 egg rating 9 %, beats most HDDs
For Curcial 128 Gig M4 - 1/2 egg ratings 6 % Great
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 9, 2012 2:38:13 AM

Best answer selected by davelong.
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May 9, 2012 2:42:03 AM

Thanks to all. Consensus seems to be, "Avoid WD hard drives." I've never considered a Samsung HD before but I certainly will now. Also, will have a pro check out my power supply and motherboard. They very well may be the cause since they are both more than seven years old.

thaks again for the advice.
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a c 353 G Storage
May 9, 2012 1:02:33 PM

If PSU is 7 Years old, Even a good one, is probably redy to be reitired. PSUs do degrade, and past 5 yrs could be considerable for some.
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October 17, 2012 4:50:56 AM

RetiredChief said:
Both (SSD & HDD) should last for at least 5 years.
On HDDs while capacity has gone up I find that their reliability has gone down.
1) Use newegg, even if you do not buy, to evaluate what is more reliable.
2) even if you go the route of an SSD, you would need a HDD as SSDs over about 120/128 gigs get expensive.

If you have gone thru 3 HDDs in 2 years I would look at an underlining cause such as a PSU or MB causing the drive to fail. You did not list the specific model of WD drive.

EX: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
As you can see WD 1 TB drives do not have what I call a good rating, for ex:
.. Geen Drive .. 26 % 1/2 egg ratings
.. Blue Drive .... 43 % 1/2 egg ratings - OUCH
.. Black Drive ... 19 % 1/2 egg ratings

.. Samsung F3 .. 14% 1/2 egg ratings (HDD that I normally buy)

Ref for WD drives: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For Samsung 128 gig 830: 1/2 egg rating 9 %, beats most HDDs
For Curcial 128 Gig M4 - 1/2 egg ratings 6 % Great
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Honestly, you haven't a clue. SSD's degrade much faster than conventional HDDs
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October 17, 2012 5:00:23 AM

davelong said:
Hello,
It appearws I will soon be replacing my Western Digital boot drive for the third time in two years. (Running out of permissions to re install software!)
Would an SSD be likely to outlast another HDD?

Get (2) 10,000 rpm 64 mb cache HDD's screw the SSD's with their finite lifespan and performance degredation.
Granted the SSD's are scalded apes but they just don't hold up.

Save some money get some additional HDD space. Go with the HDDs in Raid 0

And yes I own 2 SSDs in Raid 0 with my two WD HDD's in raid 0 also and I still say this.
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October 17, 2012 7:14:53 AM

davelong said:
Thanks to all. Consensus seems to be, "Avoid WD hard drives." I've never considered a Samsung HD before but I certainly will now. Also, will have a pro check out my power supply and motherboard. They very well may be the cause since they are both more than seven years old.

thaks again for the advice.



I don't know where you received your information, but, WD is a stellar manufacturer of HDDs. I have personally used them for over 20 years. Both in my PC Store and in my personal riggs.

Again I don't know where you received your info :/ 
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