Hard-disk backup...a few questions
Recently I disassembled my computer. It's a long story, but I won't be able to reassemble the computer for about 1 1/2 months.
I had thought that the data stored on the hard disk would be all right for this period of time - that upon reassembling the computer I will find the data still intact. But I read an article recently that said that drives need to be 'powered up' every two-three months, otherwise data loss occurs.
My first question is - how long before data loss starts to occur?
My second question is - how sensitive are hard disks to being jolted? Not knocked directly, but infrequent up-and-down movement within a protective box. I once spoke to a guy who said he could throw hard disks around without anything happening to them, but I somehow doubt his story.