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My HDD failed today and I was given a brand new Kingston ssdNow 300V 60GB SSD Disk. Now I was not aware that SSD's have a limited write cycles 3000-6000. I'm worried now because the SSD is being used as a primary drive I don't download much maybe 2-4 episodes (300MB-1GB) each per week or I stream them.

I'm worried that my SSD will fail fast because of this. Apart from those downloads I don't really have any other active download except when playing EVE Online MMO rest is just small work.

On the other hand I buy a new PC every ~2 years the one I have now is 4 months old Lenovo. How worried should I be and what kind of lifespan can I expect with this SSD.

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closed as too broad by Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007, mtone, James, random Feb 12 '14 at 3:18

There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format. Please add details to narrow the answer set or to isolate an issue that can be answered in a few paragraphs.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Your information is incorrect. – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Feb 11 '14 at 14:25
@techie007 What is incorrect I have not stated any point I'm just asking about clarification about what I read. – Sterling Duchess Feb 11 '14 at 14:26
possible duplicate of What is the lifespan of an SSD drive? – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Feb 11 '14 at 14:26
Specifically check out this answer:… – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Feb 11 '14 at 14:26
@techie007 A 5 year old answer is hardly still relevant today. I'm pretty sure a lot has changed since 09 when that question was answered. – Sterling Duchess Feb 11 '14 at 14:30
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Every SSD has a parameter called "TBW" - Total Bytes Written. It stands for the amount of information that can be written to the SSD before it fails.

According to Kingston's datasheet for your SSD, its TBW is 32TB, or 32,000Gb. So if you write 1GB to it each day, the SSD will die after about 87 years.

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I think this is a good answer to a very broad question. I don't necessarily agree that the question should have been closed as the lifetime of an SSD is a new concept for people who haven't used them before. While the question might be broad, this answer helps to teach a new concept with simple facts... – JLo Nov 17 '14 at 9:30

Short answer: I wouldn't worry about it.

Long answer: looking at a review, it quotes the "minimum endurance" of the drive as 32TB. i.e. filling up the drive completely 533 times over (32TB / 60GB). Assuming you want the drive to last two years, you'd have to be writing 43GB a day to hit that minimum figure. And that's a minimum - drives may well last much longer than that.

I should also point out that a failed SSD is often not totally unusable - when they fail, they become read-only so you can still get stuff off. You just can't write further data to them.

Make sure that TRIM is enabled in your operating system of choice, and you have enough RAM to make sure it's not paging all the time, and then don't worry about it.

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