Based on an analysis of one retailer’s sales and returns for 12 months over 2009 and 2010, Hardware.fr found that 2.05% of SSDs got returned as non-functioning, compared to 1.94% of hard disks (HDDs).
Among manufacturers, Intel SSDs proved the most reliable, with a failure rate of just 0.59%, while Maxtor and Western Digital supplied the most reliable hard drives
It is often assumed that SSDs will be more reliable, since unlike HDDs they have no moving parts. But as with any new technology, it is no surprise that there are teething problems and reliability is certain to improve.
The technology is also changing. Apple’s new MacBook Airs, released after the survey period, rely on solid state storage but not on separate, self-contained SSDs. Instead Apple has integrated solid state, flash memory chips into the design of the laptops.
The survey also looked at the reliability of other components, including RAM, where the unsurprising results put Kingston and Crucial in the top two places.