That’s a very good question. In fact, it’s one that we are hearing more often here at The Data Rescue Center. Folks are beginning to ask our recovery engineers about reliability when they contract our data recovery services.

While it’s a good question, it’s one that is not that easy to answer. To begin with, we need to determine what reliability is not.

• SSDs are much faster than standard drives. There’s no questioning that fact. However, speed does not equal reliability. • SSDs can withstand shock better because they have no moving parts. However, that points to ruggedness, not necessarily reliability.

SSDs are relatively new components. Reports from manufacturers and hard drive data recovery services don’t always provide enough real reliability data. Additionally, not everyone defines a failure in the same way. Once SSDs are around longer, the stats will be better indicators.

SSD recovery can be more complex and requires specialized equipment. Recovering data from a burned-out chip is much different from recovery data from a magnetic platter.

While the SSDs handle bumps and bruises better, they are still prone to logical failure of the operating system. Power surges, floods and other forms of physical threats can still damage them.

The electronic nature of the drive is still susceptible to damage and manufacturing defects, just like memory cards and flash media.

Are they more reliable? It does look to be the case, however you should always back up your data, no matter what drive you use. That’s always a good computing practice.