Samsung turned our SSD Endurance Experiment into something incredible

TR’s SSD Endurance Experiment started with a simple premise: how long can today’s SSDs last under a grueling load of continuous writes? We put six drives under the gun to find out. Over a year and a half (and multiple petabytes of writes) later, we had our answer. It turns out that modern SSDs are remarkably resilient. Our own Geoff Gasior concluded the experiment with a grand, storage-themed take on Gloria Gaynor’s immortal I Will Survive.

We weren’t seeking to crown a winner as part of our experiment, but Samsung’s 840 Pro 256GB drive was the one that took us all the way to that 2.4PB-written milestone. Samsung just so happens to be one of the largest makers of SSDs around, and the company got in touch with us recently to tell us they were just as amused by our riff on I Will Survive as (we hope) many other readers were.

Here’s where things took a bit of a crazy turn. Samsung revealed that not only did they love our take on the song, they’d devoted substantial resources to turning it into part of a video campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of SSDs.

Anders Graham, a member of Samsung’s SSD product marketing team, actually performed the song in an amazing video that recalls the Hasselhoffian excess of the ’80s. He also starred in a talk-show-style segment where he talks about his performance and gives a shout-out to TR. The best part? We get to share the world premiere of both of these videos with you. Check out Anders’ incredible performance of I Will Survive:

And here’s Anders’ late-night segment where he talks about the benefits of SSDs and the results of our Endurance Experiment:

We’re still laughing over these, and we hope you will be, too.

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    • JustAnEngineer
    • 4 years ago

    Flash! It’ll save every one of us!
    [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MS4_Z84-rRE[/url<]

    • Wonders
    • 4 years ago

    This is awesome. I’ll have to admit, the first time I watched I was scandalized, but upon later viewing I realized the epicness. He’s got a PARTY fanny pack for cryin’ out loud.

    • Wesker
    • 4 years ago

    Haha. That was awesome. Well done to Anders for spotting the opportunity. Did a great job too.

    Also let us not forget and say thank you to Geoff for coming up with the lyrics in the first place.

    Ah, I miss the old crew, they all pretty much left at once.

    • BIF
    • 4 years ago

    That was funny in a really really bad way.

    Or should I say it was really really bad in a funny way?

    In this case, it works either way… 🙂

    • geniekid
    • 4 years ago

    The SSD endurance articles are what made me decide to read this site on a regular basis. I hope to see another run!

    • meerkt
    • 4 years ago

    Not impressed.

      • drfish
      • 4 years ago

      [url=https://techreport.com/discussion/29450/samsung-turned-our-ssd-endurance-experiment-into-something-incredible?post=956223<]Overruled[/url<]

        • meerkt
        • 4 years ago

        People are too impressible.

        If you want impressive:
        [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnlsfeRNw1I&t=5m56s[/url<]

          • f0d
          • 4 years ago

          completely different things

          people are impressed because its cheesy and funny, nobody is saying the singing is good enough to make it on the music charts or that the music video was top notch

          its a lighthearted music video that makes you smile
          or are you too super serious to see the humor in this?

            • meerkt
            • 4 years ago

            Need I really explain? Both of the above were tongue-in-cheek. Cheesy and funny is that odd theremin thing. The SSD song I find just lame.

            • f0d
            • 4 years ago

            the theremin video was neither cheesy or funny

      • tritonus
      • 4 years ago

      Thou shalt not be Krogothed when even The Krogoth is not Krogothed (Rule #87)

        • meerkt
        • 4 years ago

        I was trying to think of something kind to say, and this is the best I could come up with.

    • Mad_Dane
    • 4 years ago

    Quite funny and kudos to Geoff for writing it 🙂

    I swear this guy looks like the pirate from the Dodgeball movie.

    • Krogoth
    • 4 years ago

    So deliciously cheesy.

    • TwoEars
    • 4 years ago

    I can’t decide if this is a career maker or a career breaker.

      • Krogoth
      • 4 years ago

      What you can say that the man has guts.

        • TwoEars
        • 4 years ago

        Or no sense of self.

          • the
          • 4 years ago

          Or an engineer which is pretty much the same thing.

            • TwoEars
            • 4 years ago

            I can relate.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 4 years ago

      He’s in marketing…

    • Geonerd
    • 4 years ago

    Not bad!

    But just imagine the EPIC WIN if they’d hired Hasselhoff or Shatner to do the singing. 🙂

      • bennyg
      • 4 years ago

      David is at his hefty cheese limit already, dropping the Hassle by switching mobile carriers. [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y26wcy9xAQw[/url<] Badum tish.

    • way2strong
    • 4 years ago

    This reminded me of the [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYRlTISvjww<]parody of Uptown Funk[/url<] that SUSE put out last month. Although the SUSE video was meant more seriously instead of the intentional camp of the Samsung video.

      • Deanjo
      • 4 years ago

      SUSE just does everything better.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 4 years ago

    Nice props tech report!!!

    • Wildchild
    • 4 years ago

    All this positive press that TR has been getting lately from such huge companies reminds me how great of a website this is.

    Good job, guys.

    • torquer
    • 4 years ago

    Painful.

    • Laykun
    • 4 years ago

    The TechReport : constantly depleting my daily allotment of cringe.

    • flip-mode
    • 4 years ago

    [url<]http://i.imgur.com/LzzSvKH.gifv[/url<]

    • Damage
    • 4 years ago

    Has Get Perpendicular met its match?

    [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIzS8XV3Ol4[/url<]

      • chuckula
      • 4 years ago

      Guess who’s back?

      Back Again.

      Damage is back.

      Tell a friend.

      • moose17145
      • 4 years ago

      SQUUEEEEE!!!

      It’s Damage!

      • Inkling
      • 4 years ago

      Ahhh, a classic.

      • TruthSerum
      • 4 years ago

      Hey is that actuator man? Awesome. Edit: idiot grin.

      • ronch
      • 4 years ago

      Reading your post feels like seeing an old friend. Hope you’ll drop by often, Scott.

    • MathMan
    • 4 years ago

    Somewhere, now or in the future, there’s a little kid who’ll see his father doing that kind of stuff for all his classmates to see, too young to realize that hilariously bad can transform into hilarious.

    • Firestarter
    • 4 years ago

    this is hilarious! 😀

    but I still ordered a BX100

    • Mikael33
    • 4 years ago

    That’s one of the nerdiest things I’ve ever seen.

    • TwoEars
    • 4 years ago

    The fixer has nothing on this guy.

    [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eH6XayaLTw8[/url<]

    • TopHatKiller
    • 4 years ago

    I’ve always doubted the existence of a creator. Now, at last, proof there is no God, or at least proof its a tone deaf bastard.

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 4 years ago

      “Actually, I rather liked it…”
      [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxPeIiU2kx4&t=01m36s[/url<]

        • TopHatKiller
        • 4 years ago

        Hitchhikers! Loved Adams, he’s soo missed.

      • ronch
      • 4 years ago

      I’ve always doubted who created you either, seeing as nothing comes from nothing, as atheists seem to miss.

        • TopHatKiller
        • 4 years ago

        …In physics nothing come from nothing frequently, whether that could explain something as incredible as TopHatKiller though is debatable.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 4 years ago

    There’s a line that absolutely must be crossed to go from “terrible serious attempt” to “hilariously bad” and Samsung went all the way to make something truly funny. Great job by all involved.

      • tritonus
      • 4 years ago

      Absolutely great!

      Against all hope I was anxiously waiting for that very last “I know how to wri … …. “. Perhaps that train would come again or Anders would freeze or whatever hilarious.

      Oh well, of course they couldn’t do that. Marketing etc.

        • Inkling
        • 4 years ago

        I was also wondering if they’d modify the ending the first time I watched it. Minor issue, though. On balance, this is truly entertaining. So bad, it’s good.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 4 years ago

        That would have been awesome, but you’re right. It would have been counter to Samsung’s marketing goals.

    • f0d
    • 4 years ago

    well done
    this wouldnt have worked in any other way but the cheezy way it was done

    if they actually tried and got a proper singer who could actually sing this would have probably turned out a disaster

    • jackrabbit
    • 4 years ago

    Somewhere the esteemed Mr. Gasior is doing a spit-take all over his monitor. Followed by laughter.

      • rayleech
      • 4 years ago

      I did the spit take, have to go dry a paper full of handwritten notes! Funniest thing I’ve seen all week!

    • Dissonance
    • 4 years ago

    Great job Anders!

    And to everyone else, I’m sorry 😉

      • drfish
      • 4 years ago

      *slow clap*

      • weaktoss
      • 4 years ago

      Make sure you add “a whim of creative brilliance” to your C.V.!

        • Inkling
        • 4 years ago

        Is “whim” the lowest unit of measure allowed?

      • Philldoe
      • 4 years ago

      [quote<]And to everyone else, I'm sorry ;)[/quote<] Lies.

    • NTMBK
    • 4 years ago

    wat

    • DrDominodog51
    • 4 years ago

    😀

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