23 Oct

How to Maximize the Life of Solid-State Drives

Life of Solid-State Drives

Solid-state drives (SSDs) are becoming more popular as storage devices in computers and other electronic devices. While SSDs have been around for several years, it is only in the past year or so that the price of this technology has started to decline and become more affordable. As such, more people are upgrading to SSDs.

SSDs provide several benefits over traditional hard disk drives (HDDs). For starters, there are no moving parts or components that could malfunction. The data is stored on special data chips, not a magnetic disc. As a result, SSDs are not prone to mechanical failure common with HDDs.

Another great benefit of SDDs is they are smaller and weigh less. This allows manufacturers to use SDDs in smaller devices and make them much lighter at the same time. Lastly, SDDs operate much faster when saving and retrieving data from the drive. This is due to how data is indexed onto the special data chips.

Even with these great benefits, SDDs can still fail for various reasons, like an extremely excessive amount of data writing and reading cycles. Yet, thanks to the large storage capacities of drives today, most of the time, you will replace the device long before the SDD fails.

To ensure you get the most life out of your SDD, here are some great tips you should be using:

Tip #1: Don’t fill up the SDD storage space.

SDDs use free space as part of the write/read cycles. They will use the free space to store data and then delete the data from its current location. When there is no space, the drive must save over the existing data, increasing the number of write/read cycles that can shorten the lifespan of the SDD.

Tip #2: Maintain constant temperatures.

Extreme temperature changes – hot or cold – are not good for SDDs. You need to maintain a consistent operating environment temperature. The longer the SDD is exposed to extreme temperature, the more likely it will wear out faster.

Tip #3: Back up your data regularly.

While SDDs can be very reliable, there can still fail at any time, without any notice. It is a good idea to schedule regular backups to the cloud or an external storage device to ensure you have a recent copy of your data.

Tip #4: Protect your device against unexpected power failures.

When the power fails, it can damage your SDD. Data can also be lost if the drive was writing or reading when the power went out. For devices with batteries, make sure to plug the device in before the battery is completely drained. For devices without batteries, invest in a battery backup system, so if the power goes out, the device will switch to battery power to give you time to save your data and shut it down properly.

By using these tips, you can ensure your SDD lasts longer. If your SDD fails unexpectedly and there is data you need to be retrieved, Taking It Mobile can help. We offer storage device data recovery solutions and services. If we cannot retrieve your data, there is no charge. For further information, or to request service, please feel free to contact us at 888.877.5002 or 1-888-Call-TIM today!

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