CtrlAltDel wrote: ↑
Sat Oct 10, 2020 4:01 am
...I'm just not sure that Kelevra made the right decision in regards to durability and reliable service, not to mention longevity, in his choice of a SSD over the tried and true and respected laurels that hang on the neck of HDD's.
I mean, I have a perfectly functioning HDD in my old '96 Packard Bell that purrs like a kitten. It's 24 freaking years old and works as well as the day I purchased it. It's in storage now and not really used but, that is beside the point, it worked for a long, long, time before being retired. Over 10 years without ever being shut off, only restarted when needed.
A five year warranty? Wow. That doesn't seem like that long. I'm currently running 2X1TB HDD's, six years old now, that also reside in a computer that is never turned off and they seem primed to run fine for maybe another 20 years or so, I don't know. I don't know how long they will last; HDD's just never seem to have anything go wrong with them.
A SSD, you wake up one day and bam, it just doesn't work any longer. I hope you made the right choice, Kelevra. Sacrificing three times the storage space you could have easily had at the same price for faster boot times and faster initial load times of a few programs seems a little shortsighted, no offense.
Of course, I don't boot my computer that much at all and after I run a program once and it's in memory, it opens just as fast as it would on a SSD, so, you know. A SSD is definitely good for someone that reboots their computer many, many times a day for some reason, I guess.
After reading that, my cringe muscles hurt...really hurt...from abuse by overuse.
All drives--HDD, SSD, floppy disk, optical disk--are subject to irrecoverable failure at any time without warning no matter their age or quality. You have been lucky so far to not lose data yet due to HDD failure but that's all it has been: luck! That doesn't guarantee sudden, irrecoverable failure isn't in your future.
I've had two HDDs fail on me without warning, one that did give me warning and was replaced under warranty, and one was DOA. I've had only one SSD fail without warning (and I've owned far more SSDs than HDDs) and only one arrived DOA. I never lost any data due to drive failure because I had BACKUPS! Anyone who relies on the reliability of a drive or for the drive being able to warn of impending failure to protect their data is playing an extremely dangerous game!
Yes, SSDs usually fail with no hope of recovery even if using expensive data recovery services. So what? As long as you make and maintain proper backups, if an SSD goes to computer Never, Never Land, never more to be seen (it can, and does, happen to HDDs), you still have your data and can restore it to the replacement SSD. The one SSD I had die in service lasted almost five years, most of which was 24/7 operation (I opted not to replace it under warranty since it was only 128GB and I no longer would use anything that small; instead, I replaced it with a 500GB SSD I had taken out of service on another computer). When it died, it took me only 30-40 minutes to get the computer back up and running with a replacement SSD; most of that time being because the SSD was a PITA to access (a design mistake I'll never allow to happen again!).
Whether one will find an SSD to be superior to an HDD will depend on one's needs and budget. HDDs have the huge advantage of being far less expensive than an equally sized SSD (although that gap is slowly closing). HDDs are still available in sizes larger than are available in SSDs (and that gap is also slowly closing). SSDs are far less likely to fail than HDDs. SSDs are smaller, lighter, and use less power than HDDs. SSDs are faster than HDDs (useful when booting a computer starting programs, and transferring large amounts of data). Every user has to decide for themselves whether the advantages of HDDs or SSDs outweigh the disadvantages.
Despite the huge amounts of data I have, I decided to ditch all my HDDs in favor of SSDs, despite their expense) because of their reduced size and weight. For each desktop data drive I have, I have a set of four backup drives: two of each set kept onsite at home and the other two kept offsite in my safe deposit box at my credit union. To keep the offsite backups as up to date as is practical, I swap them out with the onsite backups no less than once a month. I'm a handicapped senior citizen and lugging all those heavy HDDs to and from my credit union was killing my back and shoulders. I was also running out room to store them in my safe deposit box and at home. Also, the HDD transfer case I was using wasn't antistatic so I had to put each HDD into an antistatic sleeve, put them the case before leaving home, take them out of the case, swap them out with the ones loose in my safe deposit box, take them home, remove them from the sleeves, then put them back in their drawer (the drawer had an antistatic "egg crate" to protect the HDDs).
With the SSDs, I store them at home in a much smaller drawer in a smaller antistatic "egg crate" I made. To take them to the credit union, I put the entire "egg crate" in a smaller, lighter transfer case, take the case to the credit union, swap out the "egg crate" with the identical one in my safe deposit box, haul the case home,then put the "egg crate" back into its drawer. This saves me time and frustration and my back and shoulders are extremely grateful!), which easily justifies the increased cost of the SSDs. The fact that they are faster (backups take far less time to update!), are more durable, and use less power are happy bonuses. I didn't even care that boot times were drastically reduced with SSDs since I rebooted only one a week.
Even though I'm an SSD fan-girl, do I recommend everyone use them for everything? Heck no! Most people would be insane to use them as extensively as I do. Everyone has to make to make their decisions on whether to use them or not and when and where. If you do not feel that SSDs are your cup of tea, that's fine; that's your decision to make and no one's going to force you to use them (and I will defend you from anyone who would try to force you to use them). But please stop denigrating SSDs and castigating people who do like them just because you do not like them (not to mention the reasons you have been giving have been pure Baloney Sausage).