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Is a used enterprise/server SSD good for gaming/storage?

596 59 March 17, 2019 at 10:17 PM
A used Micron M510DC 480GB is selling for relatively cheap price. Is this enterprise SSD good for gaming or is it better to use a consumer-grade SSD?

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Number of writes on used SSDs is often unknown. If you're paying close to $50 for SATA-III, better off getting consumer grade with a warranty. Even NVMe have come down enough that likely best to get something with a manufacturer's warranty.

Also, that particular drive is pretty slow compared to most current generation consumer drives.
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this page has the specs

https://www.anandtech.com/show/94...ssd-review

I would probably skip it, many enterprise dives will also go into Read Only mode after the bytes written has reached to prevent data loss. Consumer drives will keep writing. When the drives are going to die from age you usually start having errors.
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Consumer drives are dirt cheap right now, with several recent deals for brand new drives in the $50-$70 range. I might bite at $25 for a used one under the right conditions, but an enterprise drive has potentially had a hard life already.
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I would buy new nvme they are cheapband faster than data ssd I read a server website that installed new drives.they must replace them every year here's the failures in one year
Sev r storage site

We haven't had many SATA SSDs fail at all to date out of the total 208 SATA SSDs we have installed I count that we've only had 5 failures, 1 of which was DOA.

Failed SATA SSDs:
1x SanDisk Extreme Pro 480GB
2x SanDisk Extreme Pro 960GB
1x Micron M600 1TB
1x Crucial MX500 1TB (DOA)
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I was told it is functionally in like new condition.

If I pull up a SMART status, what number should I be looking for to indicate its health? i.e., Crystal Disk Mark
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Number of writes on used SSDs is often unknown. If you're paying close to $50 for SATA-III, better off getting consumer grade with a warranty. Even NVMe have come down enough that likely best to get something with a manufacturer's warranty.

Also, that particular drive is pretty slow compared to most current generation consumer drives.
I agree.

The micron is 3 years old. I got an Intel 500GB BF 2018 for $50, with either or 3 or 5 year warranty.
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the Micron or Crucial software should tell you the status of the drive
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There are different types of flash memory cells uses in different types of drives that have differing lifespans. Terabytes written or whatever unit the drive uses would be one of the main things to look at.

SSDs generally have come down in price a lot. How much are they asking for the drive?

I'd tend to go for a drive that's actually new.
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its under $40.
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SMART stats for SSDs vary a lot depending on the manufacturer. You really need the MFG specific tool to get reliable decoding of that data.
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I am sort of getting a vibe that I would be better off buying a new consumer grade SSD.

Should I get a Samsung 960 EVO or QVO or Crucial MX500? How about WD Blue 3D or ADATA SU800? Which one is king? And which one is best price/performance? And at what capacity? i.e. 500gb, 1TB and 2TB

Sorry for all the questions.
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I am sort of getting a vibe that I would be better off buying a new consumer grade SSD.

Should I get a Samsung 960 EVO or QVO or Crucial MX500? How about WD Blue 3D or ADATA SU800? Which one is king? And which one is best price/performance? And at what capacity? i.e. 500gb, 1TB and 2TB

Sorry for all the questions.
Best is relative to how you will be using it and your budget. There are lots of reputable professional review websites that benchmark SSD's that you can compare the models your mentioning most have pros and cons.

https://www.tomshardware.com/revi...,5602.html is a place to get started.

From what I have read the Samsung 960 QVO is a good budget drive for most people and most consumer applications.

As far as size I wouldn't buy a drive less then 250gb these days as a main OS drive, More is generally better, (can be faster as well) but more costly.
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I am sort of getting a vibe that I would be better off buying a new consumer grade SSD.

Should I get a Samsung 960 EVO or QVO or Crucial MX500? How about WD Blue 3D or ADATA SU800? Which one is king? And which one is best price/performance? And at what capacity? i.e. 500gb, 1TB and 2TB

Sorry for all the questions.
Any of those are fine, honestly. If you want the "king" get the Samsung 970 Pro. The EVO and EVO Plus are excellent drive as well. For capacity, get twice what you realistically think you'll use; both for having extra room and for performance reasons. Many of those drives will perform better if they're not filled to the brim because they can utilize more space as, essentially, a high-speed cache.
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is a intel 520 480gb for $30 worth it? it has 39 TB written on it.
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