Monday, October 22, 2012

Does Formatting a SSD Shorten its Lifespan?

Tekkie Tekkie Muna (Stop whatever it is you’re doing right now, lalo na kung nag-rereformat ka ng iyong PC na SSD and drive), did you know that there are concerns that reformatting may reduce the lifespan an SSD?

I dont think reformating will hurt the performance and it does not shorten the SSD's lifespan unless you are doing FULL format which is Bad for your SSD's lifespan.

Try Secure Erase on them. It would refresh them back like  brand new, though others claim there is no significant difference in performance.

I found this link on a website indicated below. Do check it out if reliable.

I would like to perform a format on my SSD. I've read several files on shortening the SSD's lifespan, but never read anything about formatting.
I was wondering whether formats on a SSD shorten its lifespan?

In general, formatting a solid-state drive will not impact its lifetime, unless you perform a full format - and even then, it depends how often. Most formatting utilities allow you to do a quick or full format. The quick format just overwrites the partition and file tables, but does not actually physically delete anything off of the disk.
In contrast, a full format will go through each sector on a disk and "reset" it. This can degrade the lifetime of the SSD. That being said, MLC solid state drives have a write limit of around 10,000 before the sectors begin to fail.
So long as you don't do it often, (fully) formatting the drive a few times won't seriously impact on the drive lifespan.


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