SSDs give no warning..

(There is a link to the article that spawned this posting at the very end.)

I will start off with a quote..

“Linus Torvalds found out the hard way that solid-state drives (SSDs) aren’t invincible — and when they do fail, they can die without warning and at inconvenient times.”

A paragraph lower, Linus explains that he didn’t lose very much at all because he saves his work regularly. Home users in general don’t do this. They keep feeding in photos etc from their cameras until the hard drive becomes grid-locked. Backups? “I didn’t know  that I had to back up anything.”

I have a client who used a laptop to stream YouTube stuff to his TV. The laptop was placed on the carpet within cables reach of the TV and left to do its stuff. Can you guess what comes next? So the laptop was running at temperatures far higher than it should have been, and in the end, the hard drive gave up. The hard drive must have been showing signs that all was not well but, as per 99.9% of all home users, the lack of performance was just put down to ‘one of those things, I guess”. As it was, the drive had corrupted quite badly, and there was little recoverable.

Next quote:

"From the data I’ve seen, client SSD annual failure rates under warranty tend to be around 1.5%, while HDDs are near 5%," Chien said.

All very well to say this but if users were more careful about where laptops were used, were more inclined to get help when the laptop first started to get hot, failure rates would not matter as much because the data could still have been saved. Had my client person to me earlier, I could have saved maybe all of the data. Had it been an SSD type, there would have been NO chance at all.

How Windows 8.1 deals with the problem:

The default save location for Windows 8.1, the RECOMMENDED setting, is Skydrive. This gets nicely over the problem of backing up and ensures that the tiny SSD drive doesn’t fill up and ‘pop’ at less than a minute’s notice, taking everything with it. All clever stuff, and a smart move except for one small point.

Saving to the cloud is going to cost you TWICE, once for the space, and again to get it there and retrieve it. Lots of home users are blissfully ignorant in this matter. They are buying devices which will have to rely on cloud services, but they have no clue as to the implications.

I am ‘old school’. I have faith in local storage. I know how much it has cost me, and I know what to look out for which might be pointing to impending doom. There are no ‘hidden’ costs.


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