The solid state drive on my personal laptop just died.
Here’s the story. I have a DELL XPS laptop which is now 2.5 years old. The laptop had demonstrated no issues. About 6 months ago, I decided to upgrade the hard drive to solid state drive. There was a lot of hype in the market for SSD and it seemed that everybody is praising it. After thinking about it, I finally chose to upgrade my personal laptop by purchasing SSD it with Rs. 15,000 (~USD 320). The SSD that I bought contains 120 GB and supports TRIM as well.
For six months, the SSD worked marvelously. It did what it was supposed to do. It was doing everything in a super fast rate that was why I felt extremely pleased. I always shut down my machine as turning on the computer with SSD took less than 10 seconds for me. I was very glad because the power consumption was reduced and my computer’s noise became smaller as well. I used stabilizer and UPS in my home, at the place where I plugin my laptop and systems.
One fine morning, I tried to use the machine. To my surprise, it did not boot up and constantly showed me, “HDD does not exist”. I did all the tricks I know and have read in the book to make sure that HDD comes back. I even put it in another machine; it did not work there, too. Finally I dug my old box and found my original HDD of Dell machine. As soon as I put it back, it worked out very well.
So my SSD is now dead for less than 6 months now. I actually spent my whole day to re-install my computer on regular hard drives.
I have lost my complete interest in the SSD because all my life I have never lost any hard drive but this. I still have hard drives that are more than 10 years old, but despite their age they are working fine unlike this one which had been in use for only 6 months. Until now, I do not understand why my SSD died so quickly. I tried to contact the original manufacturer for replacement; unfortunately I got no reply from them. I think I lost my money, some data and my trust in SSD.
Because this was a personal laptop I had not configured any RAID on it. It is totally possible that this is a single incident and an accident, but again, it has happened to me. I would like to share this experience with all who are planning to use SSD in their production environment. I am not going to believe that SSD are ready for production till I have a personally good experience with them.
Just a word of advice: Be careful when you use SSD.
Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)