dog_eared 1 Question 0 Answers 0 Best Answers 20 Points View Profile 0 dog_eared Asked: January 21, 2020In: Storage Long Term Storage 0 As SSD’s do not have batteries to keep them ‘live’. How long can one expect an SSD to last if put into a drawer for later use? question Share Facebook 1 Answer Voted Oldest Recent Chris Murray 0 Questions 10 Answers 1 Best Answer 48 Points View Profile Chris Murray Added an answer on January 22, 2020 at 10:10 am To quickly answer your question, the SSD should theoretically live forever. A conventional Hard Disk Drive or an old CD does not use batteries either, but can be read long after being written to. SSDs are a completely different technology using NAND flash memory to store data instead. In theory these will last indefinitely if you use the SSD in a normal manner and don’t write terabytes of data to it everyday. Even then, if you hit the write-limit of the drive, the SSD would enter a read-only state so you can still grab the data from it. JEDEC SSD Specifications Explained was a presentation by Alvin Cox back in 2015 that caused quite a stir. It led people to believe that an SSD would lose data over time in a warm environment or if it is left without power for a week. This was a series of Chinese whispers and Alvin has stated that this has been misinterpreted and told users not to worry about losing data. I’ll add that if you are storing important data on this drive you should always have a backup, be it on the cloud, Blu-rays, a HDD or another SSD. 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Leave an answerLeave an answerCancel reply Connect with: Featured image Select file Browse Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.