M1 Mac users report excessive SSD usage, potentially affecting the component’s lifespan

M1 Mac users report excessive SSD usage, potentially affecting the component’s lifespan

Some advanced users have been reporting an overuse of the SSD for writing and reading data on the newly-released Macs with M1, Apple’s first computer chip based on ARM architecture. The issue could eventually affect the lifespan of the internal SSD used in M1 Macs — not to mention the machine itself. As noted by users on Twitter and also on the Linus Tech Tips forums, macOS indicates that the internal SSD of M1 Macs has registered “extremely high drive writes over relatively short time.” One user points out that in some extreme cases the SSD has already had consumed about 13% of the maximum warrantable total bytes written (TBW). Since SSDs are based on chips rather than mechanical parts, they all have a predetermined lifespan based on how much they are used for writing and reading data. The more you write data to an SSD, the faster it will show bad behavior such as slowness or even data corruption. As the internal storage of M1 Macs are soldered to the logic board, users will have to replace the entire …
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