How to Circumvent Potential SSD Failures

Solid state drives (SSDs) have largely replaced hard drives in many laptops, but those drives can eventually wear out. This useful video points out the best way to deal with this potential issue.

Spencer Chin, Senior Editor

September 15, 2023

In recent years, most laptop computers have replaced spinning hard drives, which are replaceable assemblies, to solid states drives, which are soldered onto the computer’s pc board. There have been numerous videos, most of them dealing with Apple computers, that warn these drives wear out and document a number of drive failures.

While users of any computer with a solid-state drive should be aware of the issue, many online articles and videos say that undue worry is unwarranted and that solid state drives often give users years of useful life. The solid-state drive might still be working fine when the user decides to replace the computer due to obsolescence or other issues.

But one way for users to ensure that their valuable data is safe in the long haul is to use an external drive.

One useful video on this subject was posted by You Tube tech product reviewer Kyle Erickson.

In the video, Erickson advises users how to select an external drive for a Mac computer as well as how to move data and apps over to those drives. He also gives tips on how to manage data storage.



The video can be seen below.


About the Author(s)

Spencer Chin

Senior Editor, Design News

Spencer Chin is a Senior Editor for Design News, covering the electronics beat, which includes semiconductors, components, power, embedded systems, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, and other related subjects. He is always open to ideas for coverage. Spencer has spent many years covering electronics for brands including Electronic Products, Electronic Buyers News, EE Times, Power Electronics, and electronics360. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him at @spencerchin.

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