What are SSD (Solid State Drives)?
These days, all budget computers and notebooks come with solid-state drives (SSD). Because SSDs are faster, smaller, and more efficient than traditional hard disk drives (HDDs). SSD provides super fast speed. However, SSDs are more expensive than HDDs because it takes less space, so you might want to estimate the remaining lifespan of your SSD.
Moreover, SSDs are more costly than HDDs, it has limited life because of their compact design. But, regarding speed, HDD doesn’t stand anywhere with SSD. Unlike an HDD, an SSD has a limited number of possible writes before the drive breaks down into read-only mode. The life span of an HDD is much more compared to the SSD.
You can’t take this as a guarantee, but a modern SSD may survive until you’ve written about 700TB of data over its whole life. Some SSDs may persist even longer, and some may be shorter. This lifespan also depends on How much longer your are using your SSD and how much heat it is taking. What type of work is going on with the help of this SSD? All these factor aslo comes in to effect.
So, you may want to figure out how much lifetime data you’ve written on your current SSD and want to estimate its remaining lifespan.
This risewindows article will use a freeware tool to estimate SSD lifespan since there is no built-in option on Windows 11 or 10.
How to Estimate SSD Lifespan on Windows 11/10?
As mentioned above, there is no built-in method to estimate the remaining life of SSD on Windows 11 or 10, so you can use a free software CrystalDiskInfo.
CrystalDiskInfo is a free as well as a small program that helps you estimate the remaining lifespan of your SSD. This software provides a lot of information about your SSD, including SSD health.
Follow the below-described steps to estimate how long your SSD will last:-
Step 1. Start with downloading CrystalDiskInfo on your PC and run it (The link is at the end of this article).
Step 2. Now, look under the “Health Status,” from the application interface. You will find a health percentage here that informs you about your SSD’s remaining life. The higher the Health Status percentage, the longer your SSD will last.
If the “Health Status” says Good, you don’t have to worry. However, if it says Caution, it means the SSD is degrading, and you should back up your important files to an external drive and prepare to replace it before it’s too late.
Another message that may appear under “Health Status” is Bad. This indicates that the SSD life is over, and you are lucky enough because it is still working. You should immediately take backup and replace your SSD. You can take backup in a HDD, another SSD, or to a cloud backup service.
Now, look at the top right for “Total Host Writes.” This shows how much total data has ever been written to this SSD. If this stat is about 350TB, then you should note that half of the life of your SSD is already completed. And if you notice this figure nearby 700TB, you’ll regularly backup your drive to an external drive or just consider replacing it. You can also use online backup services to backup your data to a cloud service(These are paid services).
You can download CrystalDiskInfo here.
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