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Date:      Thu, 15 Oct 2020 08:26:39 +0200
From:      Andrea Venturoli <>
Subject:   Re: A couple of questions about SSDs
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On 10/14/20 8:22 PM, Ralf Mardorf wrote:

> In my desktop PC are 5 SSDs. Four are connected to the mobos SATA 3
> connectors and one is connected to a SATA 2 connector. Four are 223.57
> GiB sized and one is 447.13 GiB sized. I'm to lazy to check how old
> each of them is, but IIRC the oldest is around 3½ years old and the
> vendor's software mentions that the "health" is at 64%, the system
> drive is one of the newer SSDs, maybe around 2 years old, "health" 57%.

So your SSDs seems to last 4-6 years.

> In my experiences HDDs last for around 2 years, if you turn the computer
> on and off very often and for around 7 years, if the computer runs more
> or less 24/7.

I'm currently typing on a box running on 13 years old HDs.
They've been used on a server (so always on) for maybe 5-6 years, then 
demoted to a desktop machine and they've been cycle-powered daily for at 
least other 6.
I even have older, still working, rust around.

When an HD gets to small/slow for its purpose, I replace it with a 
bigger shinier one, but I just move the old one to a less demanding use, 
backups/archive being the lower step in their life.

> However, my guess is, due to a lack of experiences with SSDs, that they
> last for as long as HDDs do last.

Seems not, then.

  bye & Thanks

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