Solid State Drives - Finite writing capabilities?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Trinatek, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. Trinatek, Aug 16, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2011

    Trinatek macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2011
    Minnesota, USA
    I remember hearing some years ago that one limitation to solid state drives was that writing and deleting too repeatedly could become detrimental to the overall performance and/or storage of that drive.

    How far have we come? Does this still hold any ground? Or is it a non-issue now, similar to the old worry of burn-ins with plasma tvs?

    I'd like to be able to use Bit-Torrent on my MBA, but with the capacity of only 256GB I would find myself having to constantly free up space. No good? Or no worries?
  2. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    You can write each cell of NAND memory about 3000-5000 times before it starts failing. For most people that isn't an issue since that's the equivalent of writing twice the capacity of their drive every day for 4 years (which most of us never come close to). However, constant Bit-torrent use would wear out the drive faster.

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