Are SSD drives less reliable than mechanical, spinning disk hard drives?

pwarren

I’ve read that SSD drives are a lot faster than my current hard drive. But I also have heard that they’re less reliable. Is this true, and where should I go to find our more? I’d rather speed up my computer with an upgrade than replacing the whole thing.

Topic: Hardware
Answer this Question

Answers

3 total
baker13
Vote Up (19)

Corsair just recalled their series 3 120gb drives - all of them - so you might want to avoid Corsair-branded drives for a while.

pcaulfield
Vote Up (17)

 

Intel is working on a fix for a known defect with their 320 model SSD's.

http://communities.intel.com/thread/23610?start=0&tstart=0

 

mrfred
Vote Up (15)

 SSD drives are much faster...and much more expensive. I considered buying a small drive and new controller to handle the page file, prefetch and caching duties but the numbers just weren't there.  Not enough gain for the pain.

 

Depending on the age of you computer adding SSD drive to improve perfomance is akin to using a Ferrari for a taxicab, sure, you get there a bit quicker but the bottlenecks of parking, ofloading the passengers and traffic is still there. For the same cost of adding solid state drives ( and a drive controller to handle the capacity) you could buy a new box with coventional drives that would be significantly faster than your current machine. 

 

Solid state drives for consumers aren't quite there yet. Give it a couple of years for the prices to come down and the reliabilty to improve. Thas our plan at least.

Ask a question

Join Now or Sign In to ask a question.
Advanced Micro Devices doesn't want its chips in low-priced tablets, and is eager to avoid a battle with Intel or ARM, whose chips have driven tablet prices down to under US$100.
Can plastic materials morph into computers? A research breakthrough published this week brings such a possibility closer to reality.
Even four months after the Mac Pro's initial release, Apple appears to be having problems making enough of the high-end cylindrical desktop computer. The company's store currently shows shipping times of 4-5 weeks for all Mac Pro models, even the stock versions without additional customizations.
Vendors will tell you that the Internet of Things (IoT) has arrived. We're here to tell you that it hasn't.
The U.S. commercial drone industry is still struggling to get off the ground more than two years after President Obama signed into law a bill that permits the civilian use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) over the country's airspace.
Samsung is partnering with chip manufacturer GlobalFoundries to increase the supply of low-power, high-speed chips for smartphones and tablets.
Nokia has temporarily halted sales of the Lumia 2520 in seven countries, because the tablet's AC-300 charger can give users an electric shock.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. said its net profit in the first quarter increased by 21 percent year-over-year on better than expected demand for smartphone chips.
Apple's inability to meet demand for its Mac Pro desktop computer has surpassed that of its most egregious Mac production problem in memory, the debacle over the all-in-one iMac of late 2012 and early 2013.
Big data analytics are driving rapid growth for public cloud computing vendors with revenues for the top 50 public cloud providers shooting up 47% in the fourth quarter last year to $6.2 billion, according to Technology Business Research Inc.

White Papers & Webcasts

See more White Papers | Webcasts

randomness