BEWARE of SSDs and backup system required

Just had my second SSD suddenly die without any warning :frowning:

First one died with 6 months remaining of the three year warranty. Dealer replaced with another and this has just died. The replacement lasted just over 3 years.

The most annoying aspect is having to not only replace the Linux operating system (takes about ten minutes) it is the numerous utilities, user names, passwords and data. Most of the day has passed and I am still tweaking to try and get back to where I was a couple of days ago.

This third SSD is a 250 Gb Samsung with a five year warranty. Hopefully it will last the warranty period and it will be quite some time before I have to start the installation process again.

I currently use this excellent Linux Grsync utility but would prefer a dedicated program which runs in the background.

Any suggestions?

Don;t forget to check the remaining warranty on any SSD and verify your backups!

Now you’ve got me paranoid. About two years ago, I spent US$2k on a custom-built system (one of the first octo-core CPUs; 32G RAM; Nvidea graphics card; and a 256G SSD for the OS, with a 1TB analog data drive.) Your post is making me think my OS drive is going to die, and I’ll have no way to restore the OS should that happen.

I gotta reach out to the guy who built this.


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Is there some reason you cannot make backups?

I’ve tried making a backup of the whole C: drive, but whenever I do that Windows says it can’t be done. I can select certain folders and copy those to my ext HD, but not the whole C: drive.


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Sounds like you are using the Windows Backup which is junk. Even the MS programmers that wrote it say so. Download the free Aomei Backup and your problem will be solved.


This will give you hours of fun :slight_smile:

File sync is not the same as backups/disk imaging. Here is a partial list for more hours of fun. :grin:

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With SSD you can reach TBW limit if it is frequently writing/deleting data (how many terrabyte written).

Though with an SSD it is more important to look at the previous “word” of a brand, than the specifications of their new disk. If you look at the past models, you will see that some brands has a history of issues, while others you cannot find that much about.

We have disks that I believe is 10 years or so now that is currently running as OS disks on non-critical hardware. But so far we have not seen any failures of SSD’s on either workstations or servers, though we have replaced many that were running on servers due to getting close to TBW limit.

I will not mention brands here, as that will just escalate into a “pissing contest”, but make your due diligence before choosing a brand and model, dont just compare to similar models available today, but check how the brands previous models have performed, if there has been issues with the hardware etc.

In addition, if you do not have a backup routine, I strongly recommend setting up one. You might have heard this before “Real men don’t take backups, but they cry a lot.”, it was more common twenty years back when real backup solutions were quite expensive, but it is still true today. Not having a backup can be a lot more expensive than having one, if you need the data that was lost.

If you do not have a backup solution I can recommend Acronis , they have both options for private and business. Their business solution is not cheap, but it is very good and efficient. Their private system is not as advanced as the business solution, but it is also very good and quite cheap for what you get.


I took a cursory glance at Aomei, and it looks promising. Free, and it does a lot more than just one-click backups. I’ll give it a shot. Thanks.


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Try Casper. It allows you to backup to a USB portable drive.

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