Stress Testing a SSD?

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  1. ZzBloopzZ

    ZzBloopzZ Registered Member

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    Hello,

    I have to deploy a SSD for a my uncle tomorrow afternoon. Is there anyway I can quickly stress test a SSD before deploying? Amazon reviews show how some of the Samsung 850 Pro's are DOA, or died within few days to 1-2 weeks (of the ones that failed).

    Is there any tool I could use to stress it, or at least a decent benchmark tool I could use before I check the SMART results with CrystalDiskMark?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Triple Helix

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    I have one 850 Pro 512GB and 4 850 EVO's without issues over the last year. The Pro version has a 10 year Warranty and the EVO's 5 years.

    TH
     
  3. ZzBloopzZ

    ZzBloopzZ Registered Member

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    I understand, but I would still like to do a quick stress test if there is one available. It doesn't hurt, and if it is on the verge of failing it could at least possibly fail during the test.

    Warranty doesn't mean anything to me. The time lost from bad hard drive and possible data loss is what matters for me. Thanks for posting your experience!

    I actually grew up in Ontario... I miss home! :c(
     
  4. whitedragon551

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    The chances of getting one DOA are pretty slim to none. I have deployed hundreds of Samsung Evo's and Pro's in corporate environments and have never had one fail or show up DOA.
     
  5. Rasheed187

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    BTW, I was wondering about if certain things might cause SSD to die more quickly. For example what if I install virtual machines (for software testing) and video games, this will cause more write operations and I'm afraid this will hurt my SSD. Or am I being overly paranoid?
     
  6. Rainwalker

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    Hmm, I have used an SSD for two years now for everything including state of the art video games. They do better then hard drives with everything including games. Just tested Crucial SSD two weeks ago and have over 90% life left. Don't recall exact %. Not too keen on testing again. I would think these games would give them a good workout. I wonder if anyone has looked into this.
     
  7. Rainwalker

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    Not of much interest here it seems. I DID do another check on SSD and it is at 97% .
     
  8. Rasheed187

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    OK, so you're saying I shouldn't be too worried. The thing is, I keep reading you should avoid writing to disk as much as possible, so that's why I decided not to download and install video-games on my SSD. The question is, how to install apps like Steam on a HDD. On the other hand, I often download YouTube videos, and that might also result in disk writing up to 1GB per day, so this will give the same result.
     
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    What Minimalist said. I know the information out there is conflicting. That being said if need be one could prove chickens have teeth.
     
  11. Brian N

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    If you have a very old ssd, you should worry. These days however ssd's can withstand a ton of writes, and I mean a ton. They all support trim and garbage collection to keep performance up, and writes down. For instance a small drive like the 850 evo 120gb is guaranteed to be able to write 40gb every single day for 5 years, and in most cases, far beyond that number. Unless you do video work on the drive, it'll be nearly impossible to "ruin" the drive before it's properly old and outdated.

    Use it and abuse it :) I personally have a dedicated ssd for my OS & apps and a dedicated ssd for games that require fast reads (such as open world games).
     
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  13. Rasheed187

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    OK thanks for the feedback. To be safe, I will try to write as much data as possible to my HDD, for example when downloading videos and storing pics from my smartphone or camera. But I will install a couple of video games on the SSD and see how things go.

    For SSD monitoring I suppose?
     
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