This is a poor article. A lot of bad assumptions are made and have conclusions drawn from them.
If you see a better article, please submit it. I posted this one because I’d never heard of issues like these and was curoius what people would think of it. I hope SSDs are not quite so fragile. :)
Before the telegraph, newspapers allegedly used to have an occasional column “Important if true”. See, they couldn’t verify the story but wanted people to be warned just in case. It feels like that’s the situation here…
The existence of a retention standard for SSDs is fascinating, but, of course, it might simply be a minimal expectation that’s nowhere near what the technology actually supports. Or it might be surprisingly realistic; I remember some years ago when people complained that IBM’s laptop drives (magnetic) died much faster when used in orientations that weren’t supported. Their defense was that the spec sheet clearly stated the drives would only function if they were oriented within five degrees of one of the six possible variants of flat, 90-degrees-straight-up, etc. No liability, because they’d actually disclosed, just nobody took it seriously. Definite PR hit though.
The fact that this is apparently being mentioned for the first time by a law-enforcement agency trying to make other law-enforcement agencies aware of it does put the information in a different context. Magnetic media, of course, die in a couple years at most when they’re used, but here they aren’t being. There’s also the possibility that someone lied about the drive’s condition or treatment, to cover up their own negligence; separately, the agency issuing this advice could be being overly cautious in order to avoid being held responsible for imagined consequences.
So, yes, this needs to be verified before it can be taken seriously. But it’s definitely a topic worth at least looking into. I know I’ve kept magnetic drives from defunct computers, with the expectation that I could take my time in pulling anything I needed off of them. Since my current machines use SSDs, I guess the practical advice is to be faster about doing that.
A lot of bad assumptions are made and have conclusions drawn from them.
What are the bad assumptions? I’m not challenging your conclusion, I just don’t know a whole lot about the topic and nothing stuck out to me.
Don’t stop there…
At first I thought it was satire but it reads very sincerely.
Its very sincere. I’m glad Jeremy is doing this his code is terrific.
@nyergler is publishing his notes (github) as well.
I like to follow hat tips for links so here ya go: @DazeEnd retweeted @aallan https://twitter.com/aallan/status/246356791053647872