I had to rebuild one of my servers recently. So I decided to have a look at the wear level for its primary SSD drive and I was very surprised at the usage and wear stats after 7 years of usage. I would have though it would have been getting close to its end of life, turns out its almost the opposite.
I bought the Intel X25-M SSD soon after it initial release after a lot of positive reviews. It cost me around $1000 and was worth every penny.
Initially it was the boot drive for my development PC, I remember been blown away by just how fast this drive was. It was a game changer. As I have needed more storage space I have swapped this drive out for more modern and larger SSD’s.
Since this drive was an excellent performer I have used it as the boot drive and SQL data drive for one of my servers. So for the past 5 years it has run as a Continuous Integration/Deployment Server running Windows Server, SQL Server, Jira, Bamboo and more recently Octopus.
Today as I am rebuilding the server I thought I would look at its wear stats, after 7 years of usage. I thought the SSD would be close to its end of life.
Well it’s still got 96% of its life left!!!!! So after 7 years of usage it’s got about another 168 years of life in it!
It’s written 16.16tb of data during that time. That’s over 1000x its storage capacity.
When I first got SSD’s for my computer I was worried how long they would last. The reality is that they will last for a very long time! On a side note all the standard hard drives I had brought back then have all failed.
The SSD drives I have are way more stable and have better data securely that any of the hard drives I have owned. I always run hard drives in a Raid 5 or mirrored mode to ensure data safety, but with SSD’s I dont worry about needing to do this. Of course I still ensure my SSD’s are fully backed up off site via Crashplan.
I have to take my hat off to Intel for producing such a great SSD!.
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