Solid State Drives: Still Fragile Enough to Fail

Solid State Drives, or SSDs, have recently become more prominent in the tech field because of their many benefits. Given the lack of moving parts, use of chips, and ability to use less power, SSDs are faster, more physically durable, and can continue to become smaller. With these positives in mind, let’s ask the pivotal question: If they’re so great, why aren’t they the standard? Simply put, because they’re still imperfect, and the negatives are worth knowing when making decisions regarding your data storage.

SSDs, like a lot of newer technology, is still more expensive. In an article published by PC Magazine, Joel Santo Domingo explains that the price per gigabyte of a SSD is around 25 cents, while traditional HDDs usually costs around four or five cents. That means a single terabyte SSD costs around 250$. This price point is a hindrance for many as most people are looking for more economical solutions.

To further complicate the current, kingly status of the SSD is storage capacity. Many SSDs in computers can hold between 500gb and 1tb, 4tb being a rare (and costly) machine reserved more for higher-end systems. HDDs are able to go as high as 12tb while still maintaining reasonable price points.

Stepping away from linked, market based issues with the SSD comes its technical flaws. The blessing of no moving parts comes with the curse of unexpected drive failure. With moving parts, a user will receive warning signs like grinding, whirring, or other physical manifestations of a problem. Electrical parts that make no noise also give no notice that they are in trouble. Instead when an electrical component goes down, it is sudden and usually problematic. This ability to negatively surprise is one that could cause concern if it has been sometime since a backup.

Lastly comes concern over data management and recovery of the SSD. When a SSD deletes data, it is typically gone. For example, should someone format the drive all of the data, stored as binary ones and zeroes, switches to strictly zeroes completely deleting the hard drive and rendering recovery impossible. Trim, a data management program that helps extend SSD lifespans, is a very efficient destroyer of old data, and should something get removed you may not be able to get it back. Thus, catastrophic failure can ultimately mean permanent loss of data that is potentially beyond the ability of data recovery experts.

The SSD is certainly not perfect, but that does not mean it does not have its place is the computing world. If you decide that you are looking for the advantages that comes with SSDs, but want to avoid some of the potential pitfalls, we here at Carolina Data Recovery suggest that you safeguard yourself with a backup HDD. This way you can have peace of mind that your data is safe and secure, regardless of type of drive.

You have enough to worry about. Let us take care of your valuable data.  

 

Citations

Domingo, Joel Santo. "SSD vs. HDD: What's the Difference?" PCMAG. June 09, 2017. Accessed October 13, 2017.


Platforms

  • Linux®
  • UNIX™
  • Microsoft Windows®  
  • Apple/Macintosh® 
  • NetWare®
  • VMware®

Recovery Services

  • USB / Memory Cards
  • Laptops / Desktops
  • External Hard Drives
  • Solid State Drives
  • RAID/NAS

Secure

  • Strict Non-Disclosure
  • Chain of Custody Protocol
  • High Security Safekeeping
  • Confidentiality Agreement
  • Controlled Access 
  • Secure Location

Client Reviews

“I thought I had lost the last 15 years of my life in pictures, but they were able to recover them! Such a relief! Worth every penny!”
– Shannon M.
“The short: Calling Ron and his team was the best decision I could have made. Words like kind, respectful, prompt, and attentive come to mind. The long: My NAS crashed. I thought I lost my entire digital life. Forget about the files and documents one accumulates and all the music, I had 30 years of family pictures, some of who are no longer with us. I was in tears. I took my NAS to a big box store where I was given very robotic service by their "geeks" and was told it could cost me thousands of dollars, it would take at least a month (but I could leap to the front of the line for an extra $100) to even find out IF it was recoverable. I decided to look for someone local and thank God I found Carolina Data Recovery. Ron was able to confirm that the data was recoverable within 48 hours and had my data back to me within 72 hours. Beyond that, Ron took time to walk me though the process and listen to my concerns. Realizing I was a mess, Ron spent an hour on the phone with me explaining what I need to do going forward to ensure that this never happens again. Backing up your data IS important - hard lesson learned. I hope to never be in this situation again, but have comfort in knowing that Carolina Data Recovery has my back. ”
– M. Patel
“Great service! Great company! After bringing my computer to three other companies - all who said my data was lost and gone forever - Carolina Data Recovery found and restored it as easy as 1 - 2 - 3. After all the ups and downs and horrors of computer problems, I'm so glad I found a place to go!”
– Anne Fiala

Recent Posts

Data Recovery: The Unattainable Triangle

When considering hard drives, back-up systems, and data recovery three common considerations for the customer are cost, quality, and speed. How can the consumer get... [Read More]

Solid State Drives: Still Fragile Enough to Fail

Solid State Drives, or SSDs, have recently become more prominent in the tech field because of their many benefits. Given the lack of moving parts, use of chips, and ability to... [Read More]

Hard Drive Explanation

“Imagine an airplane flying at 5M miles per hour but only 1/16th inch above the ground on a highway with 100,00 lanes where the width of each lane is only a fraction of an inc... [Read More]

Charlotte Data Recovery Extends Special Offer for Flood Damaged Hard Drive Victims

At Carolina Data Recovery, we believe in being neighborly and extending a hand when there are people in need. Given the devastation that people are facing Carolina Data Recove... [Read More]

Charlotte Data Recovery Firm Provides Solutions for Hurricane Damaged Hard Drives

We here at Carolina Data Recovery are committed to helping preserve people’s precious data. That’s why, in light of Harvey and Irma, we are providing a special series of offer... [Read More]