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Is it possible to test the health of a graphic card?

We know that we can test the remaining lifetime in TBW for SSDs, but is there something similar for GPUs? Is there a kind of heuristic in order to see the current state of the GPU? I'm asking this ...
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SSD reporting 80TB of written/read data (mistake?)

I am considering buying a used tablet/pc with a SD9TN8W-256G-1006 SSD. According to CristalDiskInfo though, it has 80TB of written and read data (the disk's 'maximum' is at 100TB I think, but I am not ...
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How to extend battery lifespan / not charge to 100%

In the internet I found a lot of threads about Windows settings about making the battery last longer before you need to re-charge ist. But this is about how to increase the battery lifespan. Also ...
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Does gaming on an SSD shorten its lifespan? [closed]

I'm currently downloading GTA V from Steam to my SSD and it will take up about 80GB of space. My SSD's capacity is 240GB, but after the download it will be left with a small amount of free space of ...
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Lifespan of an SSD (NAND Flash) for minimal write use archive purposes: Write once, toss in (proverbial or literal) storage closet

Okay, so I saw this other question which was closed as being too localized and I understand the idea of that closure: Systems, environments and usage are all different. But my question is about using ...
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Apple SSD Health status >4.2TB, how I can tell it is dead?

I've installed SSD Health (512GB) on my MacBook Pro (late 2013) which shows the following stats: Normally Health status should show the percentage, but it's showing >4252GB data written. I've ...
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How long will a CPU last running 24/7 [duplicate]

I have a Ryzen 1700X (got it on launch), running on my main Linux machine, with other components that are on par with it. During the day when the computer is on and I'm not using it, I like to run ...
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How to increase the life span of my new router?

I've bought a new router. I'd like to increase its lifespan as much as possible. Should I turn it off while it's not in use to protect it from heat? Or Should I keep it always on to prevent surges ...
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Is it okay if I leave my PC on for a week? [closed]

So, I need to move from my PC to other works once in a while, so I can't turn it turn it on and off every 30 minutes or so. Also, I need it to do some tasks at night, so I just leave it on. It's been ...
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Zip utilities and HD lifespan

I have a portable HD that I do my backups on. Is there any indication that using zip utilities such as 7-zip and PeaZip (I use this one) have an effect on a drives lifespan when being used on them. ...
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Are there significant benefits for an external hard drive with power supply over a USB-powered version?

USB-powered external hard drives are more convenient than enclosures with a power supply because there are fewer parts to carry around and fewer power outlets necessary to use them. Is there a reason ...
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What causes 201xs HDDs to live less than 200xs ones? [closed]

There is a common opinion (on forums and e-market aggregator websites) that nowadays HDDs live less than the ones from 200xs. I wonder if this opinion is true; are there any researches confirming or ...
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Do many Robocopy threads harm conventional hard disks?

I spent some hours with creating a batch file to run a save from different servers onto a dedicated backup server, using Robocopy. All participating machines have an Intel i7 CPU with 4 cores. Due to ...
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SDCard/SSD: is it possible to make it last longer, make it more reliable? and how?

So, I read old sdcards wear out after many uses. Then I was thinking... my 32GB sdcard could last much longer if I formatted it to, lets say (24GB or must be 2^n? like 16GB?). So, when it's ...
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Do pressed disks CD/DVD ROMS have longer life than CD-R/DVD-R’s?

Some of the CD-R’s that I burnt way back in 2002 are now suffering from data rot. They are just not readable anymore and it looks like their recording surface has faded. However CD-ROMs that I had ...
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Do lower speed MicroSD cards have longer lifespan?

I've heard that higher speed flash drives have lower write counts. Does this apply to SD-card classes generally? What I mean is, will Class 4 SD/microSD card have higher write count than Class 10 ...
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Is Windows 10 license perpetual or will it become outdated in 2025? [closed]

Windows 10 has been referred as “the last version of Windows” based on paradigm “Windows-as-a-service”, an ongoing product, constantly updated, with both patches and new features added on over time. ...
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Is charging a laptop when shut down better for it's life span?

If it helps my laptop is a Lenovo Yoga 510. It's pretty new, and I want it to last for a long time. The laptop has an internal battery. Is that expensive to be replaced? If I charge it when is on or ...
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Average life of SATA Drives?

What is the average life of a SATA hardrive? Almost all data I can find gives failure rates for the first 0-5 years, but none seem to actually find the end of the life of the drives. The reports, ...
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Do High-End CPUs Last Longer?

The new Intel Skylake processors consume less electricity and run at cooler temperatures than their predecessors, the Broadwell processors (according to Intel ARK). Fortunately, Skylake processors ...
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What storage device to use to daily write 10GB of temporary data?

I have a notebook that I also use to watch TV for 5 hours a day. I have the timeshift option activated so that I can go back. I've calculated that the 2GB reserved space for timeshift is completely ...
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What exactly is the negative impact of placing page file on SSD?

I see frequent mentions that placing page file on SSD is good for performance but bad for SSD's lifespan (e.g. here on SU). But nothing I saw had any citations, especially ones backed by actual data. ...
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SSD lifetime when using in development [duplicate]

I just bought Samsung 850 Pro 1TB SSD to speed up my laptop. I moved all my virtual machines to SSD so they will boot very fast. The only thing that I was not aware before buying an SSD is that it has ...
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Graphics Card: Overclocking And Operational Life Span

I just had to replace my old graphics card because it stopped working after 4,5 years. My new graphics card is overclocked by default (OC version). Does this mean that its operational life span will ...
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What kind of wear does writing and deleting large volumes of data put on storage devices?

The title pretty much says it all. What kind of wear does writing and deleting large volumes of data put on an HDD? What about a SSD? Will it affect lifespan, speed, or efficiency? When I say large ...
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Is it possible for SSD to mis-diagnose its lifespan S.M.A.R.T parameter?

I have my crucial M4 256GB SSD for a little over 2 years, always had windows 7 on it, the SMART data never showed any problem, the last time I check I think the SMART reported 80% lifespan left on the ...
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HDD maintanance. minimal power on of external hard drive (for backup) [duplicate]

I want to use a external hard drive (not ssd) for backup. however I have heard that because of the mechanical nature of a HDD, it needs to be powered on and spin regularly to maximize its lifespan. ...
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Will desktop and hard drives stored for 7 years still work?

This is my first time here so please excuse any errors. I have my desktop in storage in my home country and only I have the key. I had some very important family data on my USB hard drive which I was ...
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Impact on SSD when encrypted with BitLocker [duplicate]

I am running Windows 8.1 Pro on a Samsung 830 SSD. I do not have a TPM module so I've made the necessary configuration changes to permit BitLocker encryption of my system drive without a TPM module. ...
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More RAM = increased lifespan of computer?

Does installing additional RAM increase the potential lifetime of a computer? For example, if approximately 100% of a computer's RAM is used on a daily basis, does this have a "wear and tear" effect ...
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How much “Load_cycle_count” can my hard drive hypotethically sustain?

I'm using S.M.A.R.T. to check my hard drives, i recently purchased a used WD Caviar Blue 2.5" and i noticed that the Load_Cycle_Count has already exceeded the 300k mark, which is the maximum that the ...
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Is there any way to find the remaining life on a SD card?

For SSDs we have a variety of programs that read their remaining life. I'm looking for the same thing for memory cards in a situation where they get a lot of writes. Google is not only not returning ...
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Lifespan of an APPLE SSD SM0256F?

I would really appreciate if someone could tell me the approximate lifespan of Apple's Latest MacBook's SSD Disks -- APPLE SSD SM0256F. What would be the lifespan I could expect? Also, is this a ...
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Windows Defender — 100% Disk Usage

I have recently upgraded my laptop from Windows 7 to Windows 8, and now 8.1. After the upgrade I observed a very high disk usage periodically (almost every day), caused by some weird ...
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Data safety: How error-prone are SSDs compared to HDDs

I recently bought an SSD (http://www.samsung.com/de/consumer/m/MZ-7TE250KW). When I tell this to other people, I always get warnings in reply: "SSDs highly error-prone. save your data on a magnetic ...
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Is it benificial to shutdown a computer while not in use? [duplicate]

Often times I leave my computer on while waiting for a process, such as a large download, to complete. It's a superstition of mine to turn the computer off as soon as possible after the task has ...
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How to enable different ACPI Sleep Modes with Asus UEFI BIOS

I'm using a new asus motherboard which supports ACPI 2.0a, and am running Windows 8. I'm trying to figure out how to maximize energy efficiency and component lifespan. This computer is only used for ...
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Can zero-filling reset wear leveling of USB sticks / Flash drives?

As I understand it wear-leveling on USB-sticks / Flash-drives will: help to make the last longer. (reduce the "wear-out", that a physical flash cell can only be writen to XX times) can only really ...
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Used HDD/ran DiskSmartView/40,000 Power-on-hours?? should i trust it w/ my data, or take it back and complain? [closed]

I just bought a used hard drive from a University Surplus Store. Decided to run DiskSmartView to make sure it wasn't ready to fail. 40,000 power-on-hours I don't know if I feel like trusting my ...
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does dimming a ccfl reduce its lifetime

I just replaced my ccfl lamp in the laptop. I had recently been running it a bit dimmed, thinking that might reduce power and have the laptop run a bit cooler, and shortly after that it burnt out (...
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Do higher-capacity SSDs last longer?

I've been wondering about this for some time: Do higher-capacity SSDs last longer than smaller ones of the same type under the same operating conditions? I would want to believe so because a larger ...
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Does Having Computer Running Idle Impact Solid-State Drive's Life Expectancy?

As long as computer is operating, OS constantly performs small writes to storage medium. This is what I have not paid attention to earlier until I saw total writes in CrystalDiskInfo, Intel Toolbox ...
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Is the performance of a CPU affected as it ages? [closed]

This is a hypothetical question about how a CPU operates. If I purchase two identical CPUs, and use one long term (say one year), will it be identical in speed to the unused CPU? Will the number of ...
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How many times can data be read from a USB flash drive?

While I am aware that performing writes on a USB flash drive degrades the life expectancy of the device. I have heard the quantity of writes is anywhere from 100 thousand to 10 million, but I have ...
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What is the minimum length of time it is worth hibernating my laptop? [closed]

I have a Windows XP laptop. I rarely reboot and usually just hibernate it when I'm finished using it. If I'm going for lunch for an hour for example, I will always hibernate. However, if I'm just ...
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How is SSD lifetime affected by usage pattern and amount of free space?

It is known that SSDs are relatively very limited in the number of writes they can take before starting to slow down or otherwise deteriorate. Suppose I have a 250GB SSD with 225GB of files which are ...
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How to correctly partition usb flash drive and which filesystem to choose considering wear leveling?

Two problems. First one: how to partition the flash drive? I shouldn't need to do this, but I'm no longer sure if my partition is properly aligned since I was forced to delete and create a new ...
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improving a heavily used LCD's screen life, some questions

I have a 24 inch LCD and the LCD display of my laptop which are extensively used, so i cannot save the screen by keeping it turned (using less). I have already set the display options to shut down the ...
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What is the expected lifetime of a flat screen LCD monitor?

I am looking to get a second monitor for my home PC. I have a used Dell 2407 on hand cheap, but it's four years old. How long can I expect an LCD like that to live ? Can I expect to get a couple of ...
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What happens when an SSD wears out?

Since SSDs are still fairly new, there isn't a history of posts saying "I reached my writes limit on 10% of my SSD... – and here is what happened (I.e. I lost 3 directories of work files. The entire ...