Before I purchased my latest MacBook, I read that although SSDs are perhaps the best in the market at the moment, their lifespan isn't too long and they aren't the most reliable type of disk drives out there. I would like to know if there are some pro tips on how to expand the lifespan of a SSD and avoiding failure. My old MBPs (2008 and 2010) still have working mechanical hard disk drives and I've never had an issue with either of them. I'm assuming that the first tip is to occasionally perform full backups of my SSD's contents, but what else is out there? And on another note, is it better to have the laptop in sleep mode or to shut it down if you use it on a daily basis but not all the time? I've always kept all my laptops in sleep mode and I am not sure if that is the right thing to do, but I've not really experienced problems with doing that (besides the occasional restart to freshen things up). Thanks guys! EDIT: I have followed the tips in this article except for the ones made for Macs with both a SSD and a HDD. Are there any risky ones mentioned that I should be aware of? Like the RAM disk one, for example?