5 Indicators That Your Solid State Drive Is Failing

Your slow computer will get a new lease on life if you replace it with a Solid State Drive (SSD). You’ll notice a significant improvement in performance, battery life, and reliability. Even SSDs, however, are not impervious to failure. Are you concerned that your SSD may fail and lose all of your data if it fails? Keep an eye out for these warning indicators.

SSDs outperform traditional hard disk drives in terms of speed, reliability, and power consumption (HDDs). SSDs, on the other hand, aren’t infallible, and they can fail before their estimated lifespan of five to 10 years. Unlike hard drives, which fail gradually, SSDs can fail suddenly, leaving you with little time to back up or recover your data.
SSDs, unlike traditional hard drives, have no physical moving parts and are therefore impervious to physical concerns such as vibration, pressure fluctuations, or rapid decreases. The storage components, on the other hand, have a limited lifespan, which is usually determined by how often you utilize the drive.
SSDs will likely outlast your computer if you solely use it to check emails, browse the web, and view movies. They will fail considerably faster if you are a gamer, copy large files, or use your computer all day to process images and videos.
SSDs have a limited amount of read/write cycles, just as USB drives and SD cards. In general, the more expensive a drive is, the better the type of flash memory it includes. Newer SSDs are less prone to these issues than older ones, though many manufacturers cut corners to save a few dollars by using inferior components that only live long enough to be covered by warranty. Even if the drive is replaced under warranty, your data will not be covered.
When SSDs fail, you’ll be able to read and retrieve your data in most circumstances. You’ll almost certainly need professional assistance because you won’t be able to boot into Windows or macOS and run backups.

Errors involving faulty blocks or corrupted files include the following warning signs.

  1. It will take an unusually lengthy time to save or copy a file. Your programs may freeze, necessitating a computer restart, at which point Windows will attempt to scan the drive for faults. It’s recommended to back up data right away if any mistakes are discovered!
  2. ¬†You may see an error message stating that the system was unable to complete the action when copying or saving a file. The operating system will attempt to save the file in a location that is still functional. You can lose your files if there isn’t much space left. Bad blocks usually indicate that whatever data was previously present has been lost.
  3. The file system requires maintenance.
    If you ever see a message like this on your screen (which normally happens when you restart or turn on your computer), seek help right away! These difficulties are frequently resolved by Windows and macOS, although the “fix” is just temporary.
  4. During boot, there are a lot of crashes. If your computer frequently crashes with a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD), your hard disk is most likely to fault.

  5. Your hard drive is now read-only. When an SSD fails, you won’t be able to write any new data. If you get a notice that says “the destination is read-only” or can’t save the file at all, something is seriously wrong!

How to Make Your SSD Last Longer

Prepare to replace your SSD if it’s reaching the three- to five-year mark (or if it came with a cheap machine!). Meanwhile, you can extend its life by doing the following:
  1. Extreme temperatures should be avoided. If your computer overheats, make sure it’s clean and ventilated properly, especially if it’s a gaming desktop or laptop!
  2. Power interruptions and electric fluctuations should be avoided. You can use a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) to keep the electricity stable if you live in an area where brownouts or blackouts are regular (for example, rural areas or old houses with unstable wiring).
  3. Make some room on your hard drive so that it can shift data from faulty blocks. To perform properly, SSDs require at least 20% free space.