Does an SSD drive wear out like a spinning drive?

Episode 1694 (2:05:13)

George from Santa Monica, CA
Solid State Drive

George wants to know if an SSD drive will wear out like a spinning drive? Leo says not in the same way. A spinning drive can wear out because it has a lot of moving parts that just wear out. An SSD (solid state drive) has no moving parts. But the drive can wear down over time because the memory cells have a limited number of write cycles.  Wear leveling, however, is a technique that spreads out the wear evenly, and with normal use, if it doesn't fail in the first few months, it may not ever wear out (or at least in your lifetime). So it's really apples and oranges. You can't really think of an SSD drive the same way you think of a spinning drive.