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Old 02-12-2019, 07:59 AM   #121
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If you want to secure wipe a drive Bleachbit will overwrite the disk multiple times.

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Old 02-12-2019, 08:37 AM   #122
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Originally Posted by JoeWras View Post
OP here. So this was the case with my computer. Soldered down. It is a generic Wintel box, not Apple.... .
Good to know. For my next laptop, I'll try to find out if the SSD is soldered and/or if there is a slot for a replacement drive.

I wish the environmental groups would get on manufacturers to make their devices more repairable. Maybe just provide a scorecard, and maybe pre-pay a recycle fee based on that scorecard? So OK, if you really want/need a super-slim lightweight laptop, you pay for the advantages of the soldered down parts. But for many of us, the tiny bit of extra size/weight is not an issue. I'd prefer user replaceable memory, storage, battery, keyboard - and accept it isn't the latest/greatest/sexiest.


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Old 02-12-2019, 08:56 AM   #123
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Originally Posted by Sunset View Post
Are all you computers Apple ones ?
Mine are all Apple. With the exception of one older Mac Mini, all have the SSDs soldered down.

I believe the practice of soldering SSDs has bled over to PCs as well, especially in the smaller form factors like the Microsoft Surface tablets.
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Old 02-12-2019, 09:04 AM   #124
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I wish the environmental groups would get on manufacturers to make their devices more repairable.
I agree that devices should be more repairable.

SSDs are excellent in terms of life cycle and reliability. Where the repairability problems cause the most issues is with lithium ion batteries. Most have a life cycle of about 1000 full recharge cycles. So if you do a full discharge / charge cycle every day, your device is spec'd to go bad within three years. And it is most likely designed to be not user serviceable.
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Old 04-06-2019, 10:51 AM   #125
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I made a note (actually, a reminder on a “to-do” app) to check my HDD (2) and SSD drives’ health on a regular basis.

Today the reminder popped up and my plan is to check two things on each: SMART status and a “quick test”, which I am guessing is for filesystem integrity. I’m hoping that’s enough to identify potential errors.

My external drives support thorough read/write checks but that could be overkill and definitely lengthy to complete. The above-mentioned checks completed successfully so I’ll skip the thorough check and repeat the process in 3 months.


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