You save everything to your laptop. Just think about the photographs of your family and friends that are saved there.
Plus, you save music collections and important documents. So, you need a reliable way to save it.
If you use a solid-state drive (SSD), all that data is being saved on a flash memory chip. Everything you save is there when you turn off your computer, and it'll be there when you turn it back on.
SSD drives are small, often inexpensive and reliable. Except, as it turns out, there's a serious problem. Researchers at Google have discovered that if your SSD is just a few years old, it can be at significant risk for errors.
Within four years, more than 20% of flash drives were found to have uncorrectable errors. Up to 80% of them had bad blocks, which are damaged areas that make it difficult or impossible to retrieve your files.
Google's team evaluated 10 different types of SSDs for the equivalent of millions of hours. They also found that more expensive SLC drives were no more reliable than more reasonably priced MLC drives.
This is an important reminder to back up your digital files to a cloud-based backup service. This keeps your files safe from computer crashes, theft and local disasters.