[clug] SSD drives and lots of writes

Arjen Lentz arjen at lentz.com.au
Mon Sep 24 00:56:13 MDT 2012

Hi Steve, all

> Ahh this sounds like cargo culting of "accepted wisdom" from the early
> days of SSDs.
> [...]

I have had SSDs run out of writes on me.
Admittedly that was one of the things I was intending to measure, but I was using it in a desktop not a server environment.
So yes it can be done, and it didn't take that long (year and a bit IIRC).

> So ignoring the "shortened" lifespan, I'd suggest that by the end of
> life of the disk you'll be laughing how you ever managed to fit anything
> on the thing in the first place.

The good thing about an out-of-writes SSD is that you can still read all the data, so it's not at all the same as a dead spinning HD.

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