Re: Using spindown to prolong the life of old hard disks
Posted by: Anonymous
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.