Failing SSD

My experience with SSD (Solid State Drive) drives is excellent. They are fast and they are reliable. However, they do not last forever. Even SSD drives die eventually, and they do not provide much in the way of warning. One preventive measure for checking the viability of external or internal SSD drives is to use a third-party App like DriveDx. I run several external SSD drives. When I checked all of them with DriveDx the other day, one of them reported it was failing. Here is what that looks like.

Failing Drive

I need to start with this caution. To get an external drive to register in the DriveDx program, DriveDx needs to be open on your Desktop and you need to unplug and then plug in the drive. You will get a message that says the drive was not unmounted correctly, don’t worry about it. The drive will then show up and be evaluated in the DriveDx App.

Here is what the failing drive report looks like.

The program lists what the errors are in the body of the report. In DriveDx, you can click on the Diagnosis button to read the detailed description of what is wrong.

Things look a little worse when you read the details. You can also click on the yellow highlighted problem entries in the sidebar for more detail.

I am not saying I understood all of what it was reporting, but I got enough detail to know I needed to replace this drive.

Speaking of replacing a drive, how many problems need to be present to replace a SSD? As far as I am concerned, if DriveDx says the drive is failing, then it is time to look at a new drive. DriveDx has been around for a while and is a reliable App. There are other Apps that do this kind of thing, but DriveDx is one of the best.


A SSD drive can quit on you unexpectedly. It is best to check any external SSD drives occasionally for any health issues.