Does adding a heater to around a SSD drive increases the life of the SSD drive ?

I found an article saying that the SSD drive could increase its data retention time if it was operating under higher temperature.

http://www.extremetech.com/computing/205382-ssds-can-lose-data-in-as-little-as-7-days-without-power

What if I add a small heater around the drive ? When the PC is turned on, the heater turns on. Do you think the data retention time will significantly increased ?
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dbruntonCommented:
Nope.

See http://www.anandtech.com/show/9248/the-truth-about-ssd-data-retention and read slowly and carefully.

From the article
All in all, there is absolutely zero reason to worry about SSD data retention in typical client environment. Remember that the figures presented here are for a drive that has already passed its endurance rating, so for new drives the data retention is considerably higher, typically over ten years for MLC NAND based SSDs. If you buy a drive today and stash it away, the drive itself will become totally obsolete quicker than it will lose its data.
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Claws HoEngineerAuthor Commented:
By the way, I really found that SSD was less stable than a hard disk drive. Occasionally I have to run a chkdsk /r to run a complete surface scan so that the drive can run smoother. I have another case (another) that the SDD suddenly boot into BSOD. I boot into windows PE using USB stick and right click on the partition and launch scandisk to fix the issue. The two drives are less than 1 year old and were only used mildly. All these symptoms alert me of taking care of the data inside the drive before it is too late. Any comment ?
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dbruntonCommented:
>>  All these symptoms alert me of taking care of the data inside the drive before it is too late. Any comment ?

You should always take care of your data.

>>  Occasionally I have to run a chkdsk /r to run a complete surface scan so that the drive can run smoother. I have another case (another) that the SDD suddenly boot into BSOD. I boot into windows PE using USB stick and right click on the partition and launch scandisk to fix the issue. The two drives are less than 1 year old and were only used mildly.

It is possibly you don't have good SSD drives from a reliable vendor.  Or there is something else wrong with your OS or hardware (such as memory).  Won't hurt to run a good memory tester over your system (such as memtest.  See the UBCD http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/index.html).
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Claws HoEngineerAuthor Commented:
I do not know. SSD just does not behave like a HDD that I used to use. However, the minor errors are not non-fixable. I just searched around the internet, looking for the issues of SSD. My findings are: 1. TRIM can cause problem. 2. Sudden Power cut can cause problem. 3. Left unused for a period can cause problem. 4. High temperature storage can cause problem. 4. Power cycle can cause problem (some SSD has limited allowed power cycles).......

I believe that SSHDs will be the best solution between speed and data reliability.
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aboo_sCommented:
On the contrary,
You will find that keeping your electronics(including SSD) in a cool environment will help stabilizing them and making their life cycle longer!!

So instead of a heater I would use an air conditioner(cooler).

Big corps. usually put their main servers in a cooled room, server room.
This way a server room in Antarctica is better than a server room in the desert!!
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Claws HoEngineerAuthor Commented:
ABOO_S, in the article, it was said that higher operating temperature promotes better data retention time. While left used, cooler temperature will improve data retention time.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
The temperature difference has nothing to do with performance of SSD drives. Maybe you need to replace the drives or check their firmware version?
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aboo_sCommented:
SSD has volume limitations: You can't get a 1TB disk for the same or even half or one tenth of the price on Hard Disk with same volume. I don't even think such volumes exist on SSD, apart from that SSD is better than HD in every aspect!
The disadvantages that you mentioned before about SSD(power cycles etc..) they all apply to HD as well!
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Claws HoEngineerAuthor Commented:
noxcho, I agree with you. Firmware is the most likely the cause of those minor troubles. It is not known yet which SSD has a mature firmware. Intel (such a big brand) used to have serious problem with their SSD drive.
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dbruntonCommented:
Higher temperatures are better for active use.  You'll get those in a normal computer.
Cooler temperatures are better for data retention.

1. TRIM can cause problems - Implementations by the various manufacturers can be buggy.  Both Intel and Samsung have had problems with their TRIM utils.

>>  I believe that SSHDs will be the best solution between speed and data reliability.

SSDs are perfect for holding the base OS and data that doesn't change.  Gives excellent performance at start up where reads are used and very little writes.  Combine that with another magnetic HD that holds data that changes constantly and you've got a very good system.  You can use a hybrid SSD/HD instead as suggested but that isn't quite as good.
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Claws HoEngineerAuthor Commented:
dbrunto, I agree also on your suggestion. Enterprise grade HDD has been around for a long time. It is a very stable type of data storage. Data in magnetic HDD can always be recovered using mature data recovery service. SSD+HDD is the best solution. Highest performance and highest data safety.
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aboo_sCommented:
"ABOO_S, in the article, it was said that higher operating temperature promotes better data retention time. While left used, cooler temperature will improve data retention time."
 I'm sorry but you are saying two opposite things here! One of which sounds very wrong!

To my knowledge all electronics behave better in cooler environments.
I can't see why an SSD would be an exception!
And I'm not saying that cooling your SSD would solve problems it has, it's just healthier in general!
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dbruntonCommented:
Higher temperatures are better for active use, not data retention, ie, where the bits are being swapped around.
Cooler temperatures are better for data retention, ie, where the bits aren't being swapped around.
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nobusCommented:
what are the models of the SSD drives with problems?
i have used intel drives = 0 problems  - they also have a toolbox utility to check the drive
later Kingston drives= 0 problems
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