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this is how to find out the age limit of an ssd easy and simple

Unlike hard disks, SSDs no longer use a platter. Because of this difference in technology, it seems that we can know the SSD's age limit. Approximately how? Let's see more!

There are generally two types of storage used on PCs and laptops today. The first is a hard disk, then the second is the latest technology, namely SSD. Both of them have advantages and disadvantages as storage.

Unlike hard disks, SSDs no longer use a platter. Because of this difference in technology, it seems that we can know the SSD's age limit. Approximately how? Let's see more!

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How to find out the SSD lifespan is easy and simple

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Reported via PCWorld. On a hard disk, you can use a platter to store data many times. Free, until later the platter is damaged which is commonly referred to as bad sectors.

Because of this, of course, it will be difficult to predict the age of the hard disk. It can only be based on the health of the hard disk, if you feel it is not 100% then it is better to start backing up.

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This is not the case with SSDs. Each flash memory chip, has a limit on how many times it can be programmed. Because the process of read and write operations on the SSD, will later create insulator has erosion. This causes the flash memory chip can not be used.

Flash memory chips on SSDs generally use a type called MLC, short for Multi-Level Cell. That is, the cells in the flash memory chip can store 2 bits of data. Generally this type of chip, can handle about 3000 reprogramming times.

But lately manufacturers are turning to a type of chip called TLC, short for Triple-Level Cell. The meaning is the same as before, it's just that each cell this time is able to store more, namely 3 bits of data. However, this makes its lifespan much shorter. Generally this type of chip handles about 1000 reprogramming times.

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At the heart of it all, there is an SSD lifespan limit. Usually measured in units of Terabytes Written (TBW). But sometimes many manufacturers do not inform this, so that our SSD will suddenly die when it passes that number.

For example on Samsung's SSD, they inform that their SSD can last up to 300TBW depending on the SSD capacity selected. Then through the utility software, you can see how many TBW have been used.

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If it is close to the TBW limit written by the manufacturer, it means that the SSD life will not be long. In addition to the default utility software, you can also check it using third-party utility software such as CrystalDiskInfo.

After looking at the article above, we now know that the lifespan of an SSD is different from that of a hard disk. The hard disk can be used as long as the platter is okay, but on the SSD there is a limit on how many times it can be used. Hope it's useful!

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