I feel ethically and morally obligated to let you in on a dirty little secret I’ve discovered in the last two years of full time SSD ownership. Solid state hard drives fail. A lot. And not just any fail. I’m talking about catastrophic, oh-my-God-what-just-happened-to-all-my-data instant gigafail. It’s not pretty.
Emphasis in the original.
Well, that just killed their appeal for me.
The record at the link is horrifying: Not one SSD lasted a full 365 days!
In the real world of non-techies, people don’t religiously backup. They trust their storage with precious data: photos, videos, music, eBooks, etc. A catastrophic failure such as those mentioned in that post would be devastating and incalculable.
If this is the same technology used in the MacBook Air SSDs, Apple is going to be facing a lot of bad press in the coming months. Maybe that’s why Apple is pushing towards a cloud service with a rumored price of free. If they give OS X owners free backup, they have a legal out against future litigation. Even so, I’d still side with the people who lost their data. And I think any jury would.