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Old May 6, 2010, 06:32 AM
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Default you really think you write 25GB of data to your SSD in a day? That is server level disk access. IMHO Intel is trying to push MLC into the server environment....which stupid. BUT that is what Intel's main market push is right now and thus that quote. They really dont care about consumers or at least dont spend much of their marketing budget and time on us. IMHO: MLC == SOHO and consumer SLC == Server no matter what a spin doctor says. ;)

The biggest thing that will kill your SSD is filling it to capacity. You really need to leave 10-20% or so free so wear leveling can do its magic (TBH no matter what size you are running leave a min of 10-15GB free). MORE free space is better. Unlike Hard drives which get slower if you fill them up (and access that data), SSDs dont get slower BUT they trade lifespan for speed when you fill them up. IF you are using the 30gb'ers. Drop the OS on it and maybe a program or two (consider them really 20GB of usefull space). THAT is all they are meant for. The 60s are more forgiving as you got 45gb of room but 50 is max I would feel comfortable with. For 80s I consider 65 about the most I would use. The 128s....I recommend a max of 100GB. Like I said exect (on avg) the bigger ones to last longer then the smaller ones.

IF you have numerous cells dieing in your first over filled the drive or got a bad one. As with all mass produced items the average may be 10k....but some are going to die faster then others. It is better to step up a size and down a step in performance then get the fastest small one you can afford. More free cells is better! Going hand and hand with this is you need to either run TRIM or manual TRIM / wiper on your SSDS. TRIM is less harder on your cells then Idle Time Garbage Collection which chews through cells at a copious rate. ITGC really does burn more cells (I run ITGC as it is faster....but do so understanding it will kill the drives quicker) and if you let it get into a semi-degrade state the controller WILL kick in ITGC to clean up the mess. About the only exception to this rule is Intel, whose ITGC is so mild as to be all but useless (BUT is easy on the cells).

The other thing that will kill your SSD is dirty power. I really do have to laugh (its either that or cry) when I see peeps running on noname PSU's yet have a kick arse SSD in their system and wonder why it died so fast. Its not just no-names there are plenty of well known PSU's that I wouldn't touch with a 10ft pole that have a good rep. Low ripple = happy SSD. This is not just a SSD problem as ripple kills HDDs to...just slower (in other words they tell you when they are unhappy much quicker then a HDD would....which usually takes it silently for longer before going POOF!)

If you are running your ssd on an older OS and didnt do a diskpar / diskpart to align the cells you will kill it faster then otherwise. Aligned SSD = happy cells. NON Aligned SSD = higher cell usage....which will kill it faster.

All this aint aimed at you Varroa. Just general comments on proper care and feeding of a SSD.
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