• Our world is not very S.M.A.R.T. about SSDs

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    ISSUE 19.06 • 2022-02-07


    Ben Myers

    By Ben Myers

    With solid-state drives (SSDs), the SMART ante is raised because an SSD can fail catastrophically — CLUNK! — without warning and with no possibility of recovering data.

    In my recent article “Hard drives — still pretty S.M.A.R.T.” (AskWoody, 2021-12-27), I was hardly overwhelmed by the treatment of the S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) data kept on traditional spinning hard drives by Microsoft Windows and the rest of the industry. But at least, if your computer started to hiccup, you could almost always look at the SMART data to find a possible cause.

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Newsletter 19.06.0 (2022-02-07).
    This story also appears in the AskWoody Free Newsletter 19.06.F (2022-02-07).