do you allow your hard drives to spin down?

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  1. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    looking for opinions on this. i let mine spin down after 10 minutes to cut down on heat...but i have added another fan so they always run cool

    if i'm looking for reliability and long life, is it ok to always let them spinning?
     
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    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

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    never have them set to shut down and never have a fan over them.
     
  3. DigiCrime

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    mine stay on forever. seem to have better luck just leaving things on and running all the time with an occasional power off/shutdown
     
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    my server has 6 hard drives in it.

    5 of them are part of this

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...21405&cm_re=supermicro-_-17-121-405-_-Product

    it has a fan on the back.

    however, the server is on 24/7/365 with no additional fans and is only off whenthe power is out and the battery backup runs out of power.
     
  5. BlazinBlazer Guy

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    :werd: I power down monthly and open up the case to blow out dust, past that I keep everything running all the time. The way I see it is that for a desktop machine the load is maybe 1/10th of what a server gets in terms of I/O, processing, etc. so the drives and whatnot aren't even breaking a sweat most of the time. No reason to keep power-cycling them since if anything, the process of spinning them down, parking the heads, and then powering back up is harder on them than just letting things run.
     
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    Oh yea forgot about my servers.... they stay on all the time. I don't think they are ever powered off except when I use an APC to trip the power for reboot.

    Some lady brought a dell into the office on monday the drive died. Wouldn't power on. Manufacturers warranty ran out on Sept 4th this year was only a year old. Had a hitachi deskstar 500 gig sata drive in it which are crappy drives in my opinion but I got one in one of my old computers thats I dunno 7 years old I guess, still going....
     
  7. SeeVinceRun

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    Ive had so many "deathstars" shit the bed on me. I think I have two in the house right now that are dead or dying a slow, loud death.
     
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    4 hard drives(plus a 150 GB raptor for the OS) in an antec 900 case running 24/7 for 2 years with no issues
     
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    I always run everything hot, full of dust, and forever. Eventually the box is full of lint and is actually a block of foam inside more than an open desktop.

    The computer never seems to mind.
     
  10. dorkultra

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    sounds good, mine will stay on 24 hours a day now

    i use several external drives as backups every week. i have no problem allowing those to spin down. actually, i disconnect and shelve them just in case i take a large surge
     
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    One of the first things I do when I install windows is disable that. I absolutely hate the lag when I go to use one of my drives and it has to spin up.
     
  12. dorkultra

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    i know that my uverse dvr always spins down the hard drive after so many minutes of inactivity

    i work at a cable company, we have the ability to add a code onto our dvrs so that they never spin down the disk. they still die often because people treat them like crap
     
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    I've had several *brand new* Motorola DVR boxes die even with barely any use.... I think it's more a shitty product issue than anything else.

    And coincidentally, I noticed many of them have Hitachi Deskstar SATA drives in them :mamoru:
     
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    how are they abused?

    i am not disagreeing with you, but doesnt your average user just set the cable box on the shelf and plug it in?

    i know Comcast rarely brings new boxes at their installs. everything is refurbed.
     
  15. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    looking at the boxes that come into the converter room, some of them looked like they have been dropped.
    i see how people put the box in their car when they pick it up. also, it has a crappy ass 160gb maxtor pata drive inside, i think its a quickview drive - those drives are made for dvrs

    we refurb the dvrs if they come back with no reported errors. if they come in with a disk error, we send them back to sciatlanta. i'm not sure what they do with them
     

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