Considering that excessive writes shorten a SSD drives life. What would be an acceptable strategy to test an SSD, but not significantly impact it's predicted life. We typically do a 4 hour burn on a new test setup, I'm looking for suggestions on how to include testing of the SSD device in this testing.
It isn't really an issue.
The chips used in new SSD's typically have a life span of 100,000 to 1,000,000 cycles.
So yes you are using up some of the life of the SSD (maybe < 0.001% ), but the amount is tiny.
Even if it 3 orders of magnitude worse, a 1% loss of life would probably be acceptable to be sure the drive actually worked. (But if you could really use 1% of the disk's life in 4 hours, then the entire life span of the disk would be just a month, and this is not the case. Lifespans are typically 5 to 10 years, better than traditional HDD in some cases).
Thanks much for responding so quickly. Your answer is what I was looking for!
Originally Posted by David (PassMark)