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Topic # 227433 7-Jan-2018 03:33
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I have an Acer laptop, which the original owner removed the HDD and fitted a smaller but faster SSD. Used it for years, seems to be no issues.

I bought a new thin client, very good specs, thought about using it solely for internet browsing and emails. Unlike past thin clients I've played with getting on 10 years ago, this one has write enable/disable in the system tray, switched on and off with admin password.

I haven't actually altered that setting yet, but when I go to do it, I get a big blah blah warning, something along the lines of enabling write access will greatly reduce the life span and reliability of the SSD.

So my question is pertaining to that statement. I would have thought enabling write access would be no worse for the thin client ssd than in aforementioned laptop? I understand the intended purpose of a thin client, and how it should last "forever" and how enabling the write caching will affect it's long term reliability, but surely it'll be near obsolete before the drive is failing??

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  Reply # 1931621 7-Jan-2018 09:02
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At a guess, your thin client is probably running a SD card (8GB or 16GB maybe...possibly less) to run the thin client software/firmware.  SD cards have been known to have problems with large amounts of writes. Its one the problems Raspberry PI users can suffer from. Similar, but not the same, as your SSD in your laptop.  Wont have anywhere near the same performance either.

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  Reply # 1931810 7-Jan-2018 19:37
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Thank you very much for your reply. Your information put me on the right track to find a document by the manufacturer stating the drive can only do 3,000 writes per cell until they are toast compared with 60,000-100,000 for SLC drives like I guess what will be in my laptop.

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