An anonymous reader writes: It's been the fear of tech forums everywhere, solid state storage failure. Commercial grade flash memory chips typically have a threshold of 100,000 write/erase cycles per block, after which it could become unusable due to an increased error count while reading. This is a mean value, some fail after, some before. Reads also take a toll on that value, but they are almost negligible when compared to an erase cycle. This has raised the question as to whether or not NAND is "ready" for high write operations. Is flash memory reliable enough to replace magnetic media? The ASUS Eee PC is the first multi-purpose computing device available en masse that employs storage based solely on Flash memory, commonly known as a solid state drive (SSD). Being a pioneer, it will be an excellent test subject and a testimonial to the durability of flash based drives for use as an HDD replacement. Other flash based devices don't have the same kind of usage patterns and therefore aren't good for this purpose. Although still quite soon, some of them have already exhibited an abnormal behavior with regards to the SSD and ASUS has acknowledge the problem.