Are SSDs flaky? Having reviewed SSD reliability over the years - see SSD reliability lower than disks? and SSDs no more reliable than hard drives- I was interested when a perplexed reader wrote me about his recent flash drive experience:
I had received the drive over the weekend and after 30 minutes of use, the SATA controller just died. I was in shock. I know this is not an uncommon with Flash SSDs; that is, the drive's SATA controller just stops functioning. I was curious with your personal experience, what SSD has stood as the most reliable.
The Storage Bits take
Despite the buzz, I'm not convinced that SSD infant mortality is a real problem for most vendors. SSDs are expensive and come laden with whiz-bang performance expectations, so people may be more disappointed with SSD infant mortality than they are with disk failures.
But perhaps the race to the price bottom is hurting consumer SSD reliability. I've owned 2 (Mac) SSDs and had no problem with either, but that's a too-small sample. What say you?
Comments welcome, of course.