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Are SSD drives as reliable as mechanical drives (2013)?

SSD drives have been around for several years now. But the issue of reliability still comes up. I guess this is a follow up from this question posted 4 years ago, and last updated in 2011. It's now ...
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Cost effective, long term archival of video and image data? ~50 TB

My lab is in the process of setting up a small server that holds data (mostly video and image data, plus a few documents) for the project our group is working on at a moment in time. Historically, ...
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To what degree can I trust a given storage device?

Apologies for the horribly vague question... What are the error rates for reading and writing to storage devices, and do our file systems and OS's account for this? I've had bad sectors on my ...
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Battery Backed Write Cache

I recently got some U server price quotes and some of them include BBWC: What exactly does it do? Is it just for RAID configurations? If there is a power malfunction, isn't the data loss ...
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Hard drive reliability when constantly handling lots of reads/writes/deletes

In addition to storing lots of photos, my web application has the need to constantly read, write, and delete a lot of temporary files which it uses for various functionality. Some of these temp files ...