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Re: Using spindown to prolong the life of old hard disks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 64.3.206.218] on April 23, 2008 06:14 PM
I agree with you. Stopping and starting the motor is what's hard on the disk drive. We've got some Sun Ultra 5 pizza boxes that still have their original 6.4GB HD's in them (they run Ubuntu Dapper Drake these days instead of Solaris). They used to be Web content filter servers that stayed on 24/7, and we never had a hard disk failure. The only time I saw one taken out was not an HD failure, but rather a diode on the mobo actually caught fire! Yes, this was at power-up after a DRAM addition. :-)

It's like CRT televisions that stay on 24/7. Yes, they do use more juice when you leave them on all the time. But they also last longer, since you don't have those power surges going through them at power-on.

--TP

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