Now here’s something that caught my eye, particularly considering the number of gamers that use streaming services such as Spotify. It turns out that Spotify could be tearing through the entirety of your SSD’s data warranty in the space of a month, potentially killing the lifespan of your storage.
The problem originates from Spotify re-writing your playlist database almost constantly. This causes huge amounts of data to be written to and from your hard drive or SSD, sometimes as much as 1TB per hour. This occurs all the time, whether Spotify is in active use or just sat there idle. Some are reporting 10GB being written every 40 seconds, 24 hours a day.
As you’re probably aware this is a major issue for solid state drives. Each has a limited lifespan based on the total write capacity. Use them too much and they will eventually just die. For the most part this is never an issue. For a Samsung Evo 850 250GB SSD, you can safely write 250,000 GB. That’s 13GB a day, every day, for five years. When Spotify is burning through 15GB a minute however, the potential lifespan of these drives can shorten to a matter of days.
Spotify users are unsurprisingly up in arms about the situation. It doesn’t appear as if this has been an issue for long however, so this is a major bug that has been introduced on Spotify’s end in a recent update.
“Holy shit. I just checked, and Task Manager says Spotify has written over 1TB in the past 15 days. I’ve played maybe five songs on this computer during that time. I’m shutting it off now, and it’s not coming back till this is fixed,” wrote a commenter over on Ars Technica.
For now it may be best to stop Spotify running unless a fix rolls out (soon, according to a Spotify representative). The damage to SSD’s is in theory extremely rapid. The more playlists and songs in your library you have, the more data it will be writing.
To check whether this is affecting you download Process Explorer and look for Process I/O. In there look for the Write Bytes row.
Keep an eye out then and let us know believe if you think this issue may have affected you!