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Old 04-15-2004, 05:59 AM   #11 (permalink)
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How does one let it run cool?

How do i turn power management on for the HDD's?
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what affects lifespan

the RPM

how fragmented files are

how often it is accessed and/or changed

the PSU may fluctuate and cause the hard drive to burn out, or simply "screw itself"

it may overheat due to lack of cooling, more so on SCSI drives

the angle it is on; if it is on a funny angle, the platters may 'weigh down' on one side, this can cause problems

transport/rough handling

the quality of the drive itself:
if it isn't sealed properly it can get dust in, one piece of dust can make a hard drive's read/write heads to crash into the platter/s
if the platters are uneven they might cause vibration and/or hit the read/write heads; a lot of the time the vibration itself will be the cause of it crashing
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" it isn't sealed properly it can get dust in"

my new drives bottom seems to be exposed, i can see the PCB.

i remember one of my old drives had some sort of rubber covering at the bottom.

if the PCB is exposed, wont that allow dust particles in?

how much slant is allowed, say if i were to leave my computer on its side, so the drives would be stadning vertically, what would happen to their lifetimes?
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