View Poll Results: Do you think doing a security wipe dramatically decreases the life of your hard drive

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  • No, not at all

    14 93.33%
  • Yes, but just a little

    1 6.67%
  • Yes, dramatically

    0 0%
  1. kretch's Avatar
    Do you think doing a security wipe dramatically decreases the life of your PlayBooks hard drive?
    08-19-12 07:31 PM
  2. BigAl_BB9900's Avatar
    Can't see why it should....
    08-19-12 07:40 PM
  3. Ned_Flanders's Avatar
    The Playbook has a Hard Drive?
    08-19-12 08:35 PM
  4. njblackberry's Avatar
    Of course not...
    08-19-12 08:52 PM
  5. Lasoya's Avatar
    The Playbook has an SSD (Solid State Drive). These types of disks aren't mechanical like HDD's are. It's sort of like digital memory. As far as I know, HDD's, which are found on computers, also don't degrade if wiped and re-formatted.
    08-19-12 11:56 PM
  6. varunsain's Avatar
    I thought formatting helps increase the performance of a drive..
    08-20-12 12:03 AM
  7. njblackberry's Avatar
    No. Not on Solid State Drives. No moving parts.
    In fact, SSDs have a limited number of read/write cycles in their lifetime.
    kbz1960 likes this.
    08-20-12 05:24 AM
  8. taz323's Avatar
    Did it once on my 16g,and ran better after
    08-20-12 06:45 AM
  9. Sith_Apprentice's Avatar
    njblackberry yes they do have a finite number of read/writes, but formatting a drive would be no different than a restore, or a backup, or installing an app etc. It doesn't matter the TYPE of read/write, just the fact that it is happening. Of course at this point there should a ridiculous number of read/writes available.

    To use specs from an Intel Drive (100GB SSD, 710 series) from last September (1 year ago), writing random 4KB blocks of data onto a 100GB drive (across 100% of the drive) allows you to write up to 500TB of data to the drive, with 8KB blocks its up to 900TB.
    bungaboy likes this.
    08-20-12 07:36 AM
  10. njblackberry's Avatar
    Unfortunately I must have worn one out
    Sith_Apprentice likes this.
    08-20-12 07:46 AM
  11. Sith_Apprentice's Avatar
    As a bit of an aside, the 910 series (june this year) for a 400GB SSD and 4KB blocks can do 5PB of data, and 7PB with 8KB blocks. Reliability and reads/writes are getting significantly better very quickly. (mean time between failures is still 1mil hours)
    08-20-12 07:58 AM