Slow Performance on an SSD: 6 Common Causes

Solid-state drives (SSD) generally read and write data much faster than conventional hard disk drives (HDDs). After all, that’s one of the major advantages of the technology.  Hard drives must move their read/write heads to different portions of the platters...
October 6, 2023

5 Myths About Solid-State Drives (SSDs)

The market for solid-state drives (SSDs) was valued at over $30 billion in 2022 — and it’s continuing to grow, for somewhat obvious reasons.  SSDs are much faster than traditional hard drives, more resistant to physical damage, and capable of...
May 10, 2023

Is It Possible to Recover Data from a Formatted SSD?

If you’ve accidentally formatted an SSD, data recovery is unlikely, but potentially possible. Here’s an overview.
April 19, 2023

What Are Common Causes of SSD Failure?

Solid-state drives (SSDs), like all other data storage devices, can fail.  In fact, SSDs have a set lifespan — eventually, the floating gates SSDs use to store data become less reliable, as we discussed in our article about SSD wear ...
March 16, 2023

How Heat Affects a Solid-State Drive (SSD)

Solid-state drives (SSDs) are often considered more reliable than conventional hard drives — and there’s some truth to that.  Hard disk drives (HDDs) have moving mechanical components, so they’re much more susceptible to physical damage than SSDs. But both storage...
March 15, 2023

Do Magnets Damage Solid-State Drives?

No, magnets will not damage solid-state drives. However, changes in magnetic fields might cause data loss under certain circumstances. Strong magnetic fields can destroy data on hard disk drives (HDDs) and data tapes, for a simple reason: Those devices use...
February 27, 2023

How to Check Your SSD or HDD Health in Windows 11

The Windows Management Instrumentation Command-Line Utility (WMIC) is a simple tool that allows users to manage their Windows operating system.It runs through the Command Prompt and can access information from Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART), a monitoring system...
February 7, 2023

4 Things to Know About SSD Write Cycles

If you’re buying a new data storage device, you’ll need to do some research. This is particularly true if you’re buying a solid-state drive (SSD). While SSDs provide better performance than hard risk drives (HDDs), different models have different features...
November 18, 2022

Can You Recover Deleted Files From an SSD?

Recovering deleted data from a solid-state drive (SSD) is difficult, but not necessarily impossible. To explain why, we need to provide a basic overview of how SSDs work — and compare that to the way that hard drives operate. When...
October 6, 2022

Will SSDs Reach Price Parity with Hard Drives in 2023?

Solid-state drives offer numerous advantages for consumers: They’re faster than hard drives, more reliable (although still susceptible to failure), and more energy efficient.  However, they’re also much more expensive. According to, the least expensive internal hard drives have a...
October 3, 2022