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Do updates shorten the life of a computer?

asked 2018-05-29 12:17:34 -0500

mpphill2 gravatar image

Hello and thanks for your time. I am currently in school for IT (virtualization and containers), and RHEL has piqued my interest. I would like to try Fedora as a daily driver with CentOS in KVM, but I am concerned about the amount and size of updates as my laptop is four years old. I am rather broke so I'd like to put off getting a new one until this one gives up.

So will those updates significantly shorten the life of my antiquated computer from all the writes? I'd go with just CentOS but I've had a tough time getting popular programs like VLC to run. My apologies if this is a stupid question, I could not find the answer by search or textbook. Thank you!

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I use an HP laptop with an SSD btw

mpphill2 gravatar imagempphill2 ( 2018-05-29 12:22:33 -0500 )edit

Thank you!

mpphill2 gravatar imagempphill2 ( 2018-05-30 08:54:31 -0500 )edit

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answered 2018-05-29 13:34:16 -0500

mattdm gravatar image

No, this should not be a significant concern. A five-year-old drive (SSD or otherwise) might be nearing the end of its life anyway, but I wouldn't be particularly worried about updates as opposed to all the other activity from just using the thing.

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answered 2018-05-29 12:36:21 -0500

aeperezt gravatar image

Well, I do not think so I run a notebook with 5 years now, ssd drive with all updates.

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answered 2018-05-30 15:13:36 -0500

bryanb gravatar image

If you are worried about your disk life run "disks" [1]

Look at "Assessment: Disk is OK (34 C / 93 F)

Click on the three dashes in the upper right corner.

Select "SMART Data & Self-Test"

[Make sure SMART is ON here and in the BIOS]

The summary at the top is the easiest to understand.

Self-test Result: Last self-test completed successfully
Self-assessment: Threshold not exceeded
Overall Assessment: Disk is OK

Check the values in the table, especially:

5 Reallocated Sector Count
7 Seek Error Rate
9 Power-On Hours
196 Reallocation Count

I don't have a SSD I can look at here, that is a spinning HD.

[1] Don't click on the two gears - unless you know what you are doing.

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