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Re: SSD failure modes
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Subject: Re: SSD failure modes
From: Willie Barnett <wbradiolists@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2017 12:24:29 -0500
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One was "Crucial", and the other was an off brand, "Chronos". Both were 60 Gig. Dollars-to-donuts, they probably used the same chipset. (Guessing by the identical failure mode.)

I've had mostly good experiences with other SSD's I've used, also. In another location, one was giving drive errors, so I was able to replace it before it failed. Those two at home, tho, were utter failures with no warning. Both with less than 5 years of use.

Willie...


On Mon, Dec 18, 2017 at 10:53 AM, Dan Harder <dan@am91.org> wrote:
What brand of SSD? I’ve had zero problems and continue to be blown-away with the 6 or so that I’ve installed over the past 5 years both at home and at the station. 

On Dec 18, 2017, at 8:51 AM, Willie Barnett <wbradiolists@gmail.com> wrote:

To the Braintrust:

I've now seen another "sudden, total, and without warning" failure of a new SSD. (Both in computers I have at home.)

When I say "No warning", I mean it was running one moment, then the next, BSOD! In both cases, the drive utterly "disappeared", and no attempt to access it works... USB external adapter, move to another machine, etc. It is utterly and completely DEAD!

How many others have seen this kind of dramatic and sudden death? Both drives in this scenario were 60 Gig, and were less than 30% full.

One of the drives, I took apart to see if perhaps a cap had exploded, or there was any sign of heat stress, etc... but no, it looked absolutely pristine.

Thankfully, I have backups! This kind of failure just bumps-up the urgency of making backups more often!

Willie...



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