Turn off hard disks option question

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Heeter, May 17, 2004.

  1. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    Hi Guys,

    Should I select the option to "Turn Off Hard Disks" on my File/FTP server? This should increase the lifespan of my HardDrives, especially since the tower is always running 24/7. I am just worried that it might not "wakeup" when it comes time to perform an operation.

    Thanks in advance.

    Heeter
     
  2. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    Is that like a spin down? I remember reading somewhere ages ago that once a HD has spun down after a long period of inactivity, it wouldn't be advisable to start using it again unless you reboot as it may damage the Disk.
    I may be totally wrong on this though.
     
  3. toretto

    toretto Mentally Absent

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    I have never heard what ming has said, and i dont understand how it would even be accurate, so personally, i wouldnt follow that, but then, maybe i am wrong. As far as spinning down/turning off the harddrives, it will save a little bit of power. But in my opinion, turning hard drives on and off like that are the same as rebooting. Personally i would just leave them on all the time.
     
  4. cpugeniusmv

    cpugeniusmv Computer Genius

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    i'd just leave them on. the wear and tear from starting and stopping the disks will cause more problems in the long run than just leaving them on.