Recent news of Samsung’s 870 EVO, 980 Pro and 970 Evo Plus series SSDs failing within 6 months has put many users on edge. Not only have these devices failed at an unprecedented rate, they have been reported to cause uncorrectable read errors that can lead to data loss and system downtime. To make matters worse, Samsung has been slow in providing clear information or acknowledging the issue publicly.
Fortunately, there are some steps users can take to ensure their drives remain reliable for years to come. First and foremost is being aware of the issue and keeping an eye on your drives’ smart logs for any potential indicators of failure. If any are detected it’s best to replace the drive immediately with a different model from a trusted manufacturer like Micron or Kingston who both offer more reliable alternatives with similar performance levels. Additionally, using a software raid system such as Linux Software Raid (LSR) can help compensate for these types of hardware failures by replicating data across multiple devices so that you still have access even if one fails unexpectedly.
Finally, overprovisioning your SSDs can also help boost endurance levels which will further reduce your chances of experiencing drive failures prematurely due to overuse or thermal issues - though this is less important if you’re using high endurance models like Intel Optane SSDs which provide 10 Drive Writes per Day (DWPD).
Overall it’s important not just for users but also manufacturers like Samsung to be open about these kinds of issues so that everyone can benefit from better products in the future and avoid data loss due to unexpected drive failures caused by poor design or manufacturing defects.
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Author Eliza Ng