SSD vs traditional HDD for heavy data write and erase?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by saintforlife, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. saintforlife macrumors 6502a

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    So I download a lot of movies on my MBA and convert the movies to different formats so that I can play them on my iPhone, TouchPad etc. Then I move the movies over to my external Hard Drive. I am what you can call a heavy user. I write and delete a lot of data on the SSD.

    The MBA is my first Mac and my first computer with a SSD. Most of my older laptops have lasted me 4-5 years without any HDD trouble. So my questions:
    - Can the MBA's SSD take this kind of heavy data writing and deletion?
    - Do the SSDs have a shorter life than HDDs?
    - Can I expect to the use my MBA like this for 3-4 years more or should I start rethinking how I am using it?

    Unlike some of the other ballers on MacRumors forums, I cannot afford to buy another computer in the next 2-3 years so I need my MBA to last me a while.
     
  2. Troneas, Oct 29, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2011

    Troneas macrumors 65816

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    responses above in red.

    here is some info that might help you:

    http://maxschireson.com/2011/04/21/debunking-ssd-lifespan-and-random-write-performance-concerns/
     

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