drive #1

To add to the fun of being in Nicaragua, my laptop's solid state drive died the second day here. Seems this is the failure mode for a SSD, get a little slow, and then a switch flips and it stops accepting any writes, at all, becoming a read-only media. Never was there an indication of a problem in SMART etc.

Did you know that Nicaragua has neither names for most roads, nor addresses? Rather than trying to shoehorn the directions to my hotel into the address fields of, I shipped the replacement SSD to home, and thought I'd limp along.

drive #2

I destroyed my second drive one hour after getting it working. A borrowed USB flash drive, which seems to have melted under the unusual load while I was away at lunch. Perhaps putting an ext3 filesystem on it was a very bad idea, although I have successfully run other USB flash drives that way for years. Perhaps it was a cheap drive that only pretended to hold 32 gb.

drive #3

For several days I happily used the third drive, a USB hard drive, as my temporary root filesystem. Until I destroyed it by knocking it off my bed.

drive #4, #5

Now my netbook is running from a Debian Live USB key, with a second USB key for my customisations. So far I have not managed to destroy these, but there's still a day left in my trip..

comment 1
Well, it's a good thing you've spent so much time making it easy to replicate data across multiple machines. Now git-annex will get some real high-volume testing!
Comment by Alex
Joey Destroyed Drives Fund
I don't remember if there was a git-annex USB stick in the Kickstarter category I picked, but if there is, I hereby donate it to the Joey Destroyed Drives Fund.
Comment by fmarier
comment 2

I have tested quite a few SSDs over time; I suggest sticking with Intel. A bit more expensive, a bit slower, a lot more reliable.

This comment is void if you had an Intel SSD die on you ;)

Comment by Richard