A well-maintained SSD (solid-state drive) hard drive can outlast the rest of your PC’s subsystems. So, if we want it to be functional for a long time, we need to make sure that we have avoided some common mistakes and taken the necessary precautions. In the guide, we will see the signs that tell us that the SSD is about to fail and break, and the preventive actions that we should have taken to prevent the worst.
The Signs of Impending SSD Failure:
The SSD hard drive is a flash-based storage, which means there are no mechanical parts and no friction inside when it’s running. This leads many users to believe that their data is much safer on an SSD. However, the truth is different. Each write to the SSD causes a degree of wear and tear on the memories where the data is stored. It’s only a matter of time, after a number of writes the SSD hard drive fails.
In general, SSDs give us the speed advantage but have a shorter life expectancy compared to HDDs. Therefore, it is good to know the signs that warn us of a possible failure, so that we can be prepared.
Of course, if we bought an SSD in the last couple of years, research has shown that new drives are less susceptible to read/write problems than older ones, so we shouldn’t be too concerned. So let’s look at the warning symptoms of SSD failure and what we can do about it.
1. PC Crashes on a Regular Basis
First, we must remember that frequent and unexpected crashes are not always related to Windows problems. They may be due solely to the SSD and bad sectors.
This is usually a bad scenario where the PC tries to read or save a file, but it takes a long time and eventually fails. The result is that the system stops working with an error message.
2. Inability To Read And Write Files
There are two ways a bad block can affect our files.
- The system detects the bad block while writing data to the drive and thus refuses to write data.
- The system detects the bad block after the data is written and thus refuses to read that data.
In the first scenario, our data has never been written, so it is not corrupted. Usually, the system will automatically resolve this issue. If it doesn’t, we can fix it by trying to save the file to a different location or by copying it to the cloud.
In the second scenario, we cannot easily recover our files. Usually, whatever data is contained in the bad blocks is permanently lost. In some cases, only professionals may be able to retrieve them.
3. File System Needs Repair
Sometimes this blue screen appears because we did not shut down the computer properly. However, this may be a sign that the SSD drive is suffering from some bad blocks and may be nearing the end of its life.
Fortunately, in most cases, the operating system will offer an option to repair the drive.
When the error appears in Windows, the system will send us a notification asking to run a scan in order to repair the damaged sectors, among other things. In this case, we may lose some data during the repair process. This doesn’t happen very often, but we should be aware.
Therefore, this warning is another good reason to take backup of all our files seriously.
4. Frequent Startup Errors
If our computer starts and freezes during the boot process but works fine after pressing the reset button a few times, it is possible that the SSD drive is to blame. It could be a bad block or the sign of a dying unit.
What I Do If I See These Symptoms?
If we often see any of these symptoms, it is a good idea to first run “CrystalDiskInfo” which offers a statistical prediction of disk failure, so that we can copy our files in advance. It’s a good idea to check the health of hard drives often with this little tool.
Of course, the most important thing is to make a backup, either of the critical files to an external drive, or to use one of the best backup programs for Windows.
How Long Does an SSD Drive Last – How Do I Extend Lifespan?
An experiment showed that we can write over two petabytes of data (2,000,000GB) without problems. That means several years of life.
So, if we want to make sure that our SSD drive will last as long as possible, we should also take the necessary precautions.
1. Protect It From Power Outages
Power outages can wreak havoc on any computer subsystem, and an SSD hard drive is no exception. In such a case it is much more vulnerable than the HDD. So, if its power is suddenly interrupted during a write cycle, the SSD may no longer function properly. This can also result in file corruption, even if the SSD has not failed 100%.
Using an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is the simplest and easiest solution. The UPS battery provides us with enough power and enough time to be able to shut down our computer smoothly and avoid damage.
2. Don’t Commit “Full Capacity”
The SSD drive may experience performance issues, especially write speed, when it reaches full capacity. There should always be enough free memory in the order of 20-25% to maintain an ideal balance between performance and usage. Deleting files we don’t use or moving them to an external drive for long-term storage is an important action as we give critical space to the SSD and protect it from wear and tear.
In addition, if we want the SSD disk to work faster, it is advisable to avoid storing large-capacity files. After all, let’s not forget that it is designed to give a boost to the operating system and applications, and not so much to be used as storage space.
Therefore, it might not be a good idea to store movies and our media collection on the internal SSD, as we won’t notice any difference in speed. We will have exactly the same performance as if we had them on an HDD.
3. Avoid Extreme Temperatures
It is a fact that SSD is more durable than HDD when it comes to hot and cold.
Typically, most SSDs can withstand temperatures from 0º to 55ºC, some even up to 70°C, but ideally, they need 25-40°C to function without suffering. This means that the SSD hard disk will have a longer life if we provide it with a cool environment by cleaning the inside of the PC every six months. In addition, avoid significant temperature fluctuations and high humidity.
For example, if we were away from the room and the PC was in a cold environment for a while, we wait for the ambient temperature tolerable for us to return before turning it on.
It’s all about SSD hard drive’s most prominent problems and their solutions. This article is totally based on warehouses and IT centers survey. If you have any questions leave a comment in our comment section or contact us through the “contact us” page or email us.