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May 11, 2012 11:33:54 PM

Ok so long story short, i am a web developer and i obviously need all my equipment in good working order.

within the past 2 weeks, ive lost work that i REALLY needed for my job...unrecoverable.

The first time, it was a thunderstorm and the power went out in my house i was working on it in photoshop and so again, the power went out and when i came back, the file was COMPLETELY gone from my machine...as if id never created it in the first place. POOF! gone. I expected to loose the changes i had made since my last save (i habitually save every 5-10 seconds) but not the WHOLE file.

again, ALL of it gone.


then the second time, this weekend, i had a proposal sample for a client on this new brand/identity build for his company.
i saved the file, put it in GOOGLE DRIVE so i could access it at work since i was in a rush, and turned my machine off.

i come back, and the file was there but not completely...it was missing the last 2-3 hrs of changes.......i ended up having to use an older piece of work that just wasn't as polished but it was better than saying something like "my dog ate it" lol.

So is my SSD dying? Ive re-installed windows7 on it but...before i start the annoying process of re-installing all my software etc..
i wanna know if these are signs that my SSD is dying.

thanks in advanced

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a b G Storage
May 11, 2012 11:44:24 PM

If it were dying I would think you would be having crashes, or it would just not boot, I would not expect you to lose specific files that you happened to be working on. It sounds to me like these issues were the result of power issues/application issues.
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May 11, 2012 11:47:42 PM

I thought so too but im literally, habitually saving and i KNOW i didnt not save for 2+hrs lol...impossible. and i never heard of a program not saving you know.

causei was thinking of RMA-ing this but...not sure if im willing to trust a refurb SSD.
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a b G Storage
May 11, 2012 11:50:02 PM

Get a UPS - if it's that important....
Also have your software make regular back-ups.
-Bruce
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May 12, 2012 1:07:07 AM

hello Dish, "ups"?

im assuming some kind of power supply? do you recommend any?
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May 12, 2012 1:21:07 AM

Seriously.... I'm floored that you do not have a UPS. If your SSD is dying its probably because you do not have a UPS. It's one thing if its just a gaming rig where data loss is just inconvenient but anything I use to make a living with or is important I would have (and do have) a UPS. I picked up a nice one from APC like 7 years ago for like $250 and it has faithfully served me through every outage and spike I've had (and I have had a ton of them) and only once this year did I finally have to spend $60 on a new battery for it.

Pick one up from APC, get one that is at least a match for your systems power supply wattage but I always say get the largest one you can reasonably allocate money for. The larger it is the more time you will be able to spend with your PC and internet all running on battery power.
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May 12, 2012 1:36:51 AM

Energy96 said:
Seriously.... I'm floored that you do not have a UPS. If your SSD is dying its probably because you do not have a UPS. It's one thing if its just a gaming rig where data loss is just inconvenient but anything I use to make a living with or is important I would have (and do have) a UPS. I picked up a nice one from APC like 7 years ago for like $250 and it has faithfully served me through every outage and spike I've had and only once this year did I finally have to spend $60 on a new battery for it.

Pick one up from APC, get one that is at least a match for your systems power supply wattage but I always say get the largest one you can reasonably allocate money for. The larger it is the more time you will be able to spend with your PC and internet all running on battery power.



Living in NYC for most of my life, ive never had a problem but, down here in florida...the power is ALWAYS going out in anything but sunny summer days.
i NEED one, tired of always being afraid that the power is going to go out...am i going to loose work etc.

any one in particular, brand etc, that you recommend.

Thanks
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May 12, 2012 1:36:52 AM

1. What is the brand, model, and capacity of your solid state drive?

2. How large are the files that are frequently auto saved?

3. Are the files auto saved to your ssd or to a hard disk drive?

4. You mentioned Photoshop which is cpu and memory intensive rather than gpu or storage intensive. Are you sure your cpu and memory are okay?

5. Finally do you use any sleep mode, hibernation, wake on, or power on features?

BTW - Can't remember if it was the Intel 510 series or the Intel 320 Series but last year there was an issue with sudden power outages. I'm pretty sure Intel issued a firmware update that corrected the problem.

BTW #2 - A UPS to deal with power outages and whole house surge supression are both recommended for your location. I live in southern Arizona. We have a similar problem with thunderstorms during the Summer.
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May 12, 2012 1:38:35 AM

somdow said:
Living in NYC for most of my life, ive never had a problem but, down here in florida...the power is ALWAYS going out in anything but sunny summer days.
i NEED one, tired of always being afraid that the power is going to go out...am i going to loose work etc.

any one in particular, brand etc, that you recommend.

Thanks


Get one from APC, they are rock solid and last. like I said, just get the largest one you can reasonably allocate money for. The larger it is the longer you will be able to stay running on battery power.
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May 12, 2012 1:58:05 AM

JohnnyLucky said:
I live in southern Arizona. We have a similar problem with thunderstorms during the Summer.


Me too!, my UPS has saved me from more monsoon outages than I can count.
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May 12, 2012 2:51:38 AM

SSD's get "stuck" when they go bad, read that as wont boot, wont do anything!!! what you need is an external hardrive and some decent back up software, Western Digital's works ok ... learn to save in multiple locations, several times
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May 12, 2012 6:58:14 AM

I can't imagine how loosing a file on Google Drive may be connected to your hardware. I's probably an indicator of how much cloud services are reliable.
Loosing the file you are working on is IMHO a problem of the way you are caching your writing ops on the disk. I believe your drive caching is optimized for speed, not for reliability, so it caches the write operations in some temporary volatile memory and the rest is just a matter of an odd incident - the power going off at the same time when the data is being transfered from the cache to the actual drive /although in theory NTFS should be secured against such things/.
But anyway you really need to use an UPS for your workstation, think about it as a "must have". APC is a sure thing, also EATON is good IMHO.
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May 12, 2012 10:13:52 AM

Best answer selected by somdow.
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