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Solid-State Drives Lose Data If Left Without Power For Just A Few Days by Zack Whittaker
ZDNet.com, Joint Electron Device Engineering Council (JEDEC), Slashdot.org, ExtremeTech.com News  ISBN/ITEM#: CM150512DRIVES
Date: 12 May 2015

Links: ZDNet.com Article / JEDEC SSD Specs / Slashdot.org Story / ExtremeTech.com Article /

The latest Solid-State Drives (SSDs) offer higher capacity and higher speed, but they have a downside that many people are unaware of.  When they're left dormant in storage, the period of time data is retained on some enterprise grade Solid-State Drives is cut in half for every 9°F (or 5°C) rise in temperature where they are stored.  Fortunately for the majority of us, the consumer grade Solid-State Drives are not nearly as sensitive to temperature changes, but it's definitely something we need to be more aware of in future.

From release/information:

Summary: Solid-state drives are great for performance, but data security must come first.

(Solid-state drives don't look like much, but they're in many newer notebooks (Image: CNET))

Storage.  It's not a sexy topic.  But everyone uses it in some way or another.  You have iPhones, you have computers.  Everyone knows how important a person's data is.  But it doesn't just "disappear".

Or does it?

New research suggests that newer solid-state hard drives, which are faster and offer better performance, are vulnerable to an inherent flaw -- they lose data when they're left dormant in storage for periods of time where the temperature isn't properly regulated.

The worrying factor is that the period of time can be weeks, months, but even in some circumstances -- just a few days.

Solid-state drives are better than regular mechanical hard drives, which are slow and sluggish.  But unless they're battered around, smashed, or poured in acid, they pretty much last forever.

A recent presentation by hard drive maker Seagate's Alvin Cox warned that the period of time data is retained on some solid-state drives is halved for every 9°F (or 5°C) rise in temperature where its stored.

(Source: ZDNet.com, Joint Electron Device Engineering Council (JEDEC), Slashdot.org, ExtremeTech.com)

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