Are SSDs more susceptible to data loss from water damage than HDDs?
I got this question from a professor friend of mine, and I think it's an interesting point.
"Now that we're fully in the SSD era, are users perhaps more susceptible to data loss if coffee is spilled in the keyboard than in the past? I'm thinking of the case of something like the MacBook Air, with its SSD on an interface card, and surface mount chips. I'd think a liquid getting on that would be game over, versus something like an SSD within 2.5" hard drive enclosure, which is at least protected.
"I've had several faculty members have catastrophic loss of data recently because of spilled coffee. And I'm sure you have an opinion on this or have some pointers. Thanks!"
Hard drives are so rugged, and I feel like they're pretty resilient to water damage. I haven't personally had enough experience with SSD liquid issues to answer this myself.
What have you seen? Is catastrophic data loss more common with silicon-based storage?