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In my experience, SSDs have been far more reliable than hard drives.
But its not all good news. Unlike a hard drive, when SSDs fail the usually do so catastrophically, as on one day they work and the next they just dont.
SSDs have also come down insaintley in price aince 2013. Back in 2013, a 500gb ssd was $500. These days, you can get 5TB of ssd space for the same cost.
Prices are supposed to drop even further in the summer. I think i remember @TopHatProductions115 saying something about buying a 2TB ssd once the price reaches $100. Turns out that dream may soon be realized.
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@James Evens 5GB/USD isn't bad. But, 512GB is the lowest capacity I'm willing to consider for mobile devices only Even then, my current laptop sports 2TB, so no thank you. 512GB will be for a netbook I (most likely) leave at home, to manage a NAS. For my workstations, the capacity minimum is still in TB (power/2), so that price won't fly with me. Also, still have to account for the cost of a platform upgrade (NVMe). When 1TB and 2TB drops below 100 USD, then we can talk about me switching. Also, the points I mentioned above still apply...
How far SS technology has come in the past couple of years is insane (And storage in general). Several years back, an 8 TB drive cost $300 - now they're $160 when on discount. It's nuts.
SSDs have become faster and cheaper. Hell, I bought my first SSD recently just to boot windows on and have the essentials.
I'm just happy to see the prices drop and performance improve - for both types.
^ HDD technology is still advancing. I think I read that Seagate's HAMR (heat assisted magnetic recording) HDDs should be hitting the market 1st half 2019, with 24tb HAMR drives sometime in 2020.
Same with western Digital who are also planning on releasing 16TB MAMR (microwave assisted magnetic recording) drives sometime this year as well.
I think both companies are also planning on releasing HDDs with dual actuators to help improve access and read/write times (improvement over traditional HDDs... they'll never be as fast as SSDs due to their mechanical nature)
Though personally I'd hold off from either of those for now and stick to the tried and true PMR HDDs until the new technologies are proven reliable.