Most are about two to three years, and while your drive may last much longer than that, be ready for failures after that point.
Solid State Drives: Solid state drives, which have become extremely popular in laptops and desktops for their faster speeds, are different.
How can I make my SSD last longer?
Below are several ways to extend the lifespan of your SSD.
- Don’t Defrag. Defragmenting a hard disk drive is a good way to improve storage performance, but this does not apply to SSDs.
- Disable SuperFetch.
- Disable Hibernation.
- No Benchmarking.
- Virtual Memory.
Which lasts longer SSD or HDD?
SSDs *can* last longer, but have their own downsides. HDDs don’t really ‘degrade’ the the same sense as an SSD. An SSD will have limited write cycles (compared to an HDD), and is not susceptible to physical damage due to lack of moving parts. You’ll definitely notice speed improvements vs a traditional HDD.
How do I know if my SSD is failing?
The common symptoms of bad blocks are:
- A file cannot be read or written to the hard drive.
- Your PC/file system needs to be repaired.
- Active applications often freeze up and crash.
- Frequent errors while moving files.
- Generally running slow, especially while accessing large files.
Do SSDs wear out?
Flash SSDs do wear, but they don’t fail when they ‘wear out’ and that wear is manageable. This means they don’t present the same risk as HDDs, which can fail catastrophically, and they deliver significantly more value over their lifespan, based on the amount of data they can write and reproduce accurately.