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Need a SSD that could last at least a few years

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February 8, 2013 2:04:19 PM

Which SSD would you recommend?
I need a SSD that could last at least 4 years without breaking, don't care if it slows down a little as long as it doesn't get slower than a HDD or as long as i don't lose all my saved memory within it. Thanks in advance.

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February 8, 2013 2:22:15 PM

No one can guarantee something to last 4 years. Most likely they will but everyone gets lemons from time to time.
I like the Samsung 840 Pro.
It will never be as slow as an hdd.
You need to make backups so you don't risk the chance of loosing your data. That is the only way to make 100% sure you have it safe.
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February 8, 2013 2:28:35 PM

Any modern SSD will not run out of update capability for a very long time. Think 10 years or more at even high levels of desktop usage.
Only in a server environment might you worry.
And... what is lost is the update capability, not the read capability, so you will never lose your files.

The Samsung 840 pro series and the Intel 525 series have 5 year warranties.

If you buy A ssd with more capacity than you plan to use, the update algorithms spread out the updates over all the nand chips to minimize wear.

As to outright failure, a SSD with no moving parts is likely to be more reliable than any hard drive.
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February 8, 2013 2:52:01 PM

geofelt said:
Any modern SSD will not run out of update capability for a very long time. Think 10 years or more at even high levels of desktop usage.
Only in a server environment might you worry.
And... what is lost is the update capability, not the read capability, so you will never lose your files.

The Samsung 840 pro series and the Intel 525 series have 5 year warranties.

If you buy A ssd with more capacity than you plan to use, the update algorithms spread out the updates over all the nand chips to minimize wear.

As to outright failure, a SSD with no moving parts is likely to be more reliable than any hard drive.


Thanks i'll be looking forward to those 2 ssd brands, gonna wait for the 500gb version to get cheaper. I'm also asking this because i plan to only get a single SDD for my next computer since my two past computer only has a single 500gb HDD each.
February 8, 2013 2:55:53 PM

Sorry to intrude upon your question, but I remember some sort of "way" to view the life of an HDD or SDD I cannot remember if it pertained exactly to these two drives. The method would show like "96% of Life remaining"
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February 8, 2013 3:24:21 PM

seriousgamer said:
Sorry to intrude upon your question, but I remember some sort of "way" to view the life of an HDD or SDD I cannot remember if it pertained exactly to these two drives. The method would show like "96% of Life remaining"

The data is contained in the SMART statistics. You need a utility to do the calculation.
The Intel SSD toolbox for example does this nicely, but only for Intel SSD's.
February 8, 2013 3:49:48 PM

lord hircine said:
Thanks i'll be looking forward to those 2 ssd brands, gonna wait for the 500gb version to get cheaper. I'm also asking this because i plan to only get a single SDD for my next computer since my two past computer only has a single 500gb HDD each.


If your looking for simple storage space get a 125 GB ssd and a 1TB hdd. For storing movies, music, documents, pictures etc. Use an HDD. There is no gain in using an ssd as a storage device. (and a 500 GB ssd costs a TON)

You want to use the ssd for your applications, OS and things that you want to load quickly and have a fast response time.

also... By the time the 500 GB ssd in those two brands becomes "cheap" they will be way way outdated and something else will be better.
February 8, 2013 5:56:43 PM

I think you have let the media's hype about wear leveling scare you a little too much. Even though there is always the risk of getting a lemon, this is the same risk with getting regular hard drives as well. I highly recommend the Samsung 840. If you need ridiculous IO, then get the pro model. Though unless you need extremely high IO ( transactional database server with huge tables.), the PRO model is over kill for most applications.

I just ordered 6 x 250GB SAmsung 840 for my server. Will be running them in either raid 10 or raid 6. I have to do some benchmarks before I will know which . Taking into account the wear on the flash cells and my current write load of 60GB / day. 1 drive should last me 15 years. Regular desktops are likely to do < 2 GB of writes per day.

I worked out the math, and posted a little tutorial on my blog
http://blog.whitesites.com/How-to-Measure-your-Server-s-Disk-Writes-for-SSD-consideration__634941054420312500_blog.htm

Also no matter what option you go with, daily backups are a must.
I use EASEUS todo backup. The home edition is free. If you buy the workstation edition you get some additional backup options which are very nice to have.
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February 8, 2013 6:23:28 PM

1) First. The Crucial M4, Samsung 830 have an excellent track record on reliability (M4 has been out a little longer on than the 830. Could and the pletor M3/5, but have no personal experience. While the 840 pro Has not reallybeen out long enough, based on Samsungs 830 track record it would be an excellent choice.

2) Unless your igo needs satisfing by looking at benchmarks - You will see very little diff in real life day-2-day performance. And that is comparing my M4's (have 3), my 830's (also have 3) and my newest addition the 840 Pro. Benchmark are something else. The Overall score from as ssd for M4 and 830 run around 700 give or take 50 while the 840 Pro is on the order of 1100->1200. Big diff in benchmark, little diff in real life.

3) In general, I have some 14 SSDs dating back to the Intel G1 and G2 and have yet to see a failure.

Added, I DO recommend you follow the more recent recommendation of leaving 20->25% of the drive free vs the old 10->15%.
February 10, 2013 2:08:20 PM

So is the 330 intel better than the 840 non pro or even the 830 ? Talking about the 256 gig models. What about the new Intel 520 ?
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February 10, 2013 2:39:59 PM

Intel 520 is just a 510 with a SF22xx controller.
NEW?? about the same age as the crucial M4

Of the ones listed I'd go with the Samsung 830. with alternate being the Crucial M4.
February 10, 2013 4:05:05 PM

Thank you , then ill get the 830 for sure . Too bad at newegg they dont have them anymore :( 
RetiredChief said:
Intel 520 is just a 510 with a SF22xx controller.
NEW?? about the same age as the crucial M4

Of the ones listed I'd go with the Samsung 830. with alternate being the Crucial M4.

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