SSD vs HDD lifespan

SSD vs HDD lifespan, factors that affect it

However SSD and HDD both are considered as storage devices, but their working styles are completely opposite. And according to their building structure, working process, they also have different lifespans. That’s why in this post I am gonna discuss the SSD vs HDD lifespan, which can give a better lifespan and why?

Lifespan of SSD vs HDD:

On an average, the lifespan of an SSD is way better than HDD. Since SSDs are flash storage (non-volatile memory), they can easily beat HDDs not only in terms of speed but also in lifespan. So, undoubtedly the winner of SSD vs HDD lifespan is SSD (solid-state drive)

To analyze why SSDs have a longer lifespan than HDD, we have analyzed how it actually works:

Working process of an SSD vs HDD:

We all know that an SSD is used to store data. But, it doesn’t work as a traditional hard drive works. An SSD uses flash memory and that’s why it can store data for a long time.

Now, what is flash memory? In lemon terms, flash memory is a non-volatile memory and we can save and delete data from it according to our wist. I have described above the volatile and non-volitile memory earlier. You can check it out for a better understanding by clicking below:

So, SSD works a non-volatile memory (flash memory) and it looks like a RAM (volatile). I mean, when you open an SSD you can’t see any separate parts there, you are gonna only see a PCB (printed circuit board) like RAM there.

But, a hard disk works differently. Let’s discuss it too-

Have you ever seen a DVD player or a music player? If you do then you may notice that a disc keeps on rotating and the system captures the data from it.

In a hard disk also, a disc (platter) keeps on rotating (while the pc turned on) with the help of a magnet. And a platter rotates up to 10,000 times per minute.

It also has reading, writing arms to store data from the moving disc.

That’s how a hard disk works. And obviously, with this process the reading and writing speed of hard drives are less than SSDs.

I hope you have understood how both of the storage systems actually work. Now, let’s jump into which has more lifespan, whether it is SSD or an HDD?

Avarage SSD vs HDD lifespan:

To understand the lifespan of SSD, you have to know about its write cycles. An average SSD can do up to 10K lifecycles and interestingly, if we compare it with a regular hard drive, SSD wins.

Since the exact lifespan of any hard disk depends upon several other factors like its uses, power consumption, size, etc, so it is quite difficult to say the exact lifespan of any SSD.

But, don’t worry, since I am using a hard drive from the last 15 years and an SSD from 5 years, I can give you some examples which can help you in getting the idea about these two.

See, a normal HDD can last for at least 6-7 years without any extraordinary situations. Since the storage systems work on different layers, you should scan your hard drive from time to time to know if any problem occurs there.

But, as my personal experience, a HDD lasts at least 6 years.

While SSDs are more powerful and exceptionally fast than HDDs. They are perfect for big file transfer and also booting things at rapid-quick speed. And they have a better lifespan too than an HDD. An average SSD can last al least 8 years and more, my research tells that.

Now, after reading it, don’t think your SSD can’t be corrupted within 6 years. It can. My data is based on average uses and the quality of the SSDs and HDDs also matters their lifespan. SO, you can’t tell anything specifically.

But, you can check your storage system, scan them to know if there are any errors.

Overall, flash storages are way more powerful and also have a better lifespan than HDDs. 

3 factors that directly affect the lifespan of storages:

SSD vs HDD lifespan

Now, it is really important to know how different factors can affect the lifespan of these storage systems. The data I have mentioned above is not gonna be true all-time since every time the brand and product quality will not the same every time.

So, it will be better to know how to protect your SSD, HDDs and most importantly which thigs you shouldn’t have to do with them.

#1. Uses:

The number one factor which affects the lifespan of any storage device is its uses. Note that, I use this PC almost 2 hours a day but you may use your PC 10-15 hours. Most gamers even don’t switch off their PCs, they just put the monitor into sleep mode.

So, in this type of heavy use, the lifespan of your SSD, as well as HHD, decreases. That’s why the uses of storage systems matter the most while talking about its lifespan.

#2. Product quality:

I always suggest buying any Pc part from a reputed brand. If you haven’t done this with your SSD or HDD, the quality may not be as good as you are expecting. And if you are using a storage system which isn’t that good quality-wise, simply, the life span of it is also gonna be short.

So, please very/research about the product first before you are gonna buy, otherwise, you have to regret for it later.

#3. Cooling:

I know, some of you may find this strange but cooling also plays an important role in your storage health. Like, if you don’t have a good cooling system, your all PC parts are gonna heated up, which is not good for their health.

In the case of SSD or HDD, the heating problem decreases their lifespan. However, with the heating problem, HHDs are effected most than SSD, but you shouldn’t want to take any risk with SSD, right?

So, make sure to use a good cooling system to get the maximum lifespan from your storage systems.

Wrapping up:

If you are afraid of your storage system is gonna be corrupted, hearing sound from your HDD, you should back up your all data first. You can also check the health of the SSD and HDDs too easily on the internet.

If you are facing any problems don’t forget to comment down below or contact me via email.

In this post, I have discussed the lifespan of the SSD and the HDDs, which is better. Why SSD can transfer files quickly than HDD.

That’s it for today, see you in the next post, tada:)

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