Storage devices won’t last forever; each HDD/SSD has a different lifespan. CrystalDiskInfo can assist us in determining the lifespan of the storage we use in a computer/laptop. So, how do we determine the lifespan of the storage?
We know that a Hard Drive/Solid State Drive is where we store all our data such as games, documents, videos, images, and programs. CrystalDiskInfo is a free software that you can use to check the health of the storage you are using.
This software is developed by a Japanese programmer named Hiyohiyo. Hiyohiyo has also created several other monitoring programs such as CrystalDiskMark, CrystalDMI, and CrystalCPUID.
CrystalDiskInfo provides indicators that can determine whether our storage is still healthy or if its performance has declined in processing and storing data. Each storage device displays different indicators depending on the brand and capacity we are using.
The program’s interface is very simple, displaying health status indicators, temperature information, storage details, and several parameters indicating the level of data processing failure.
HDD/SSD indeed have a lifespan during usage, which means they may not always perform at their best. If you are using an HDD, besides monitoring the data parameters in CrystalDiskInfo, it is important to pay attention to the “Power On Hours” parameter.
Power On Hours is a parameter that indicates the duration of usage in hours. If you carefully examine the specifications of an HDD, you will likely find the maximum power on hours stated, which represents the lifespan of the HDD.
In SSDs, there is also an indicator that shows the lifespan of the SSD. If you are an SSD user, one parameter to pay attention to is Tera Host Writes.
Tera Host Writes is a parameter that indicates how much data has been written to an SSD. If you look at the specifications of an SSD, you will often find the TBW (TeraBytes Written) value. TBW is the measure that determines the lifespan of an SSD.
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