A new way to kill your SSD

Subject: Storage | August 22, 2013 - 03:37 PM |
Tagged: ssd, endurance, anvils storage utility

The Tech Report is currently testing several SSDs to destruction, or at least trying to.  They are using a new tool called Anvil's Storage Utilities which includes a test designed to determine the longevity of the flash storage inside SSDs.  They started with factory fresh SSDs, never having a bit written to them before and are currently writing to every address on those drives with a goal of 22TB to be written before they test the speeds of the drives again.  Will some fare better than others?  Perhaps some will sacrifice capacity to keep their speed up?  Stay tuned, even with SATA 6Gbps it takes a while to write that much data!

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"We all know that flash memory has a limited tolerance for write cycling, but what does that mean for SSD endurance? We're testing six SSDs to failure to find out."

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August 22, 2013 | 04:45 PM - Posted by klatch

I am very curious as to what the results will be. Glad they are doing this. Especially curious with the differences between TLC, MLC and sandforce compression.

August 22, 2013 | 06:25 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

It's like watching a two semi's play chicken. It could go either way and yet I can't take my eyes away.

August 22, 2013 | 09:44 PM - Posted by Loquacious1

Looking forward to these results Ryan, something I was asking about only recently being as I'm getting ready to buy a new desktop, or hoping to, and want a SSD to run the OS on.

Intel, Samsung, and one Crucial 960GB are of primary interest, bringing to question once more the endless question... does size really matter? Either way, once you go SSD, there is no turning back.

August 23, 2013 | 07:38 AM - Posted by *Anonymous2013 (not verified)

The picture is from May? and it says they're writing 17 TiB per day - how long could it take to write 22TB? This doesn't make sense ...

August 23, 2013 | 01:24 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Old picture of the software ... I think Scott and crew started this weekend

August 24, 2013 | 12:05 AM - Posted by Tim (not verified)

Is Ryan aware of this...
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