Solid State Drives (SSDs) have become the go-to storage option for most electronic devices where performance and reliability are the priorities. Yes, SSDs are more expensive, but their performance difference, when compared to HDDs, is what makes this extra cost worth it. Due to the increase in demand for SSDs, there are lots of brands manufacturing them, which makes it hard for organizations and individuals to choose the right ones.
What makes it even more challenging are the brands that are not honest with the specification put on the boxes. While buying SSDs, most check for the storage size, write cycles and read/write speeds. However, checking for the specs on the box alone is not enough, there is a need to verify that these specs match the real-world performance of the SSD.
However, you may never get the chance to do real-world testing if you buy these SSDs online. Our Job at Lantana is to ensure that every SSD and any other device or component shipped to our clients meets the minimum quality standards. That is why we put all components and devices through a series of real-world tests before verifying them for shipping.
Our SSD quality assurance processes
Our teams are always working hard to ensure that all devices and components, including SSDs that go through the hands of Lantana undergo thorough testing. Below are some of the core tests we do to verify all the specified features of SSDs.
- Read and write speeds tests
We test the read and write speeds of the SSDs based on the conditions specified by the manufacturer. For instance, if a manufacturer specifies that their SSD supports thunderbolt 3 and has up to 2,400MBs read speeds, our tests are made using a thunderbolt 3 cable and with a computer with thunderbolt 3 or later USB ports. We also have software that enables us to make these tests faster.
- Storage verification
To verify the capacity of the SSD, we simply write files that are close to the size specified by the manufacturer. The good news is that most SSDs pass this test. But never the less, we have to always do the test for quality assurance purposes.
- Write Cycles
Most high-end SSDs are designed to last a minimum of 100,000 write cycles. We verify these estimated write cycles using software to make sure what is specified by the manufacturer is within the range of the software predictions.
SSDs that pass our tests are verified for shipping to our respective clients. Of course, we don’t test every piece that ships. We simply choose random samples from the different batches. At Lantana we also deal with suppliers that have a good reputation when it comes to quality. We eliminate all suppliers whose products constantly fail our quality assurance tests.