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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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@CUDAcores89 I would argue that HDD is more reliable, because that cheap ssd will die in a few years thanks to the QLC nature, while HDD can live fine for 15 years. Also when hdd dies you can recover the data, adding to the "reliability". Reliable to me means that you can surely get your data from the drive, even when something happens.
I wouldn't use drop resistant as an reliability metric, but more as a resistant metric. SSDs are great in phones and laptops.
But i agree that the cheap ssds are good, because the random read/writes are much better than hdd, and as you said, access times.
So for operation system i wouldn't go back to hdd at all, but for my most important files, i will keep them on hdd.
Pricing is only one factor. I was/am waiting for the following:
- DRAM cached
- 512GB or larger (powers of 2)
- redundant memory cells (that don't activate until another one dies)
I know that those are probably going to be expensive, but I'd be upgrading to a new platform if I decide to go for NVMe anyway, so I might as well do it right/go all out. Quality over quantity. Besides, I'm working with high-quality workstation parts in my price range. Why cheap out now and ruin the reliability of an otherwise perfectly good machine?
@TopHatProductions115 Samsung 970 evo 500gb @ 100€ a few weeks ago. Won't be long until you decide to buy a SSD.
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