Lion's standby mode hurting SSDs?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by echo.park, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. echo.park, Sep 11, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2011

    macrumors regular


    Aug 4, 2011
    So, when you put Lion to sleep, at least on the notebooks, after one hour, the system shuts off the RAM and writes the whole desktop image onto the SSD. Every time that happens, and you start up your computer again, there are large files written and read onto and from the SSD.

    As we all know, SSDs have limited writing-circles before they start getting slow and finally 'die'.

    What are your thoughts about this? Is Lion's standby mode hurting the SSDs?

  2. macrumors 604


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    My thought is that this is a non-issue.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2010
    Where Judas lost it's boots.
    You can disable the sleeping to the hd/ssd behavior. For example sleep only to ram:
    sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 0
  4. macrumors P6


    Jan 23, 2005

    Newer SSDs have NAND cells that can handle 3,000 writes. So not until you have written to every last cell on the entire drive 3,000 times would you begin to see a problem. Unless you are an extremely heavy user, that is not going to happen for years of usage. Don't sweat it.
  5. thread starter macrumors regular


    Aug 4, 2011
    Ok, it's just that I paid more than thousand bucks. That makes me worry sometimes. From now on I will relax. ;)

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