I thought solid state was supposed to be good?

March 19, 2008 by Dave Haynes

Gizmodo is reporting word that a major PC maker, probably Dell, is seeing a 10-20 per cent failure rate with its solid state, Flash-memory hard drives.

Not good.

The whole idea of these things is no moving parts, therefore reduced risk of failure.

Other drives are coming back not because they cratered, but because the performance isn’t up to snuff.

Whether this reflects a larger problem, or just a supplier thing, it would certainly have me thinking the added cost of Flash drives isn’t worth it, just yet.

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  2. Ed says:

    From what I understand is that many of the returns are due to the end user not experiencing significant performance differences compared to a standard hard drive. Its a simple cost vs. performance issue. Early adopters tend to want the latest and greatest. Although read/write and no spin start up is faster MS Windows is not going to boot up in seconds. SSD is usually driven by the application. Extreme temperature, high shock and vibration, resistance to magnetic fields, low power and high reliability etc drive sales. Those that have real requirements pay for it.

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