I just want to air this and see if it rings a bell with anyone. I've sold somewhere in the region of 600 SSDs in the past 5 years and have only had about 50 or so failures - so far. I guess 8% isn't too bad? But it's more than I was expecting, and the % is climbing all the time - which mathematically makes sense, but does imply we're nowhere near seeing the true 5-year or 10-year % yet. Over a 10-year interval it's looking like the failure rate might approach 15-20%, which seems lousy to me. And these failures follow a pattern: they almost all died within about 18-24 months of being installed. Not ancient, clapped out drives understandably retiring after 8 years of loyal service - more like perfectly good, freshly recruited drives going AWOL and turning up dead in a strip joint. No commonalities in terms of how much they're used, what controller or chipset, environment, etc. They just gave up, usually after minimal use. They also tend to fail catastrophically and brick themselves, making data recovery much less likely. I'm sure out of 600 HDDs I'd have had worse failure rates, but not that much worse, really. The "SSDs are so reliable" patter is wearing a bit thin. I feel like I'm omitting important caveats every time I say it. Yes, on paper they spontaneously die less often than HDDs, but that's like saying your papier maché house is much stronger than the cheese and spittle house you used to live in. They still up and die suddenly, often and at the expense of all your data and software. Saying "this is statistically unlikely" to a customer who's just lost all their data gets real old, real fast. Of course I am now giving out a standard caution to all SSD recipients to do your backups but I wanted to see if anyone else has had experiences like this or if I'm just choosing crappy SSDs, because I find the failure rates kinda baffling.