I've heard that SSDs don't last as long as HDDs when you're dealing with write-intensive operations. I really like the speed of SSDs on my gaming computer, but I worry about their longevity in more demanding write scenarios. I have a Linux machine that I like to play around on. I'm constantly compiling applications and reinstalling operating systems on it. With computers I use this way, my HDDs last 2-3 years (compared with 5-6 years on "normal" machines). I know it's pretty tough on disks in general, because the drive light is constantly on. I just wore out another hard drive, and I'm considering upgrading to an SSD. The thing is, this would be the only drive in the computer. A lot of people say you need a mechanical and an SSD, but I don't really want to mess with a dual configuration. Would an SSD be able to last the same 2-3 years in the scenario I described, with constant compiling/reinstalling stuff? Or would it wear out a lot more quickly than an HDD? I basically want to pay a little more for the extra speed, I don't really expect it to last longer than 3 years given what I'm doing. I just want to make sure it won't die within a year under my brand of hard disk abuse. I haven't heard a lot of reports of how well SSDs hold up in my specific situation. Any advice?