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Anti-malware Software and SSDs


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#1 R0D3R1CK

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Posted 13 June 2014 - 09:44 PM

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Does anti-malware software pose any known threats to the health/longevity of solid state drives?

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Posted 13 June 2014 - 09:51 PM

They shouldn't, not by running scans anyway. SSDs do have a limit on the number of times a memory cell can be written to but not on the number of times the cell can be read from (which is 99% of the disk access for a scan.)



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Posted 13 June 2014 - 10:02 PM

That's a relief! Thanks for the prompt reply, Andrew!

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Posted 14 June 2014 - 07:07 AM

Did you read somewhere that anti-malware software posed a threat to the drives?
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Posted 14 June 2014 - 04:09 PM

Yes, but not from a reputable source by any means.
http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/will-any-antivirus-cause-damage-to-an-ssd-drive/
http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2265183

The posts on both sites go back-and-forth regarding whether antivirus programs could have any side-effects, so I came here for more trustworthy information.

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Posted 14 June 2014 - 04:31 PM

It appears to me the consensus of replies at makeuseof.com is that they shouldn’t pose any higher risk when used on SSDs than they do for traditional hard drives. There is more debate about the issue at anandtech.com but I'm not familiar with their forum or any of the posters. Without more reputable evidence to the contrary, I have to agree with Andrew.
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