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

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 212.83.73.150] on April 26, 2008 12:30 PM
You don't seem to have read the article past the headline.

Read the very first paragraph. It has this gem "There is a delicate balance between having a hard disk spinning down and up too frequently and leaving it spinning around the clock.".

Having a disk that is never accessed spinning around the clock does reduce its lifetime beacuse of waer and tear on the moving parts. Having a disk that is accessed every minute spin-up and down does reduce its lifetime because of spinup/spindown stress.

Somewhere between these two extremes is an optimum, depending on the access characteristics.

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