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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by gregmccomish, Jan 29, 2005.

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  1. gregmccomish

    gregmccomish Thread Starter

    Jan 29, 2005
    after all these years of using Windows, is it a good idea to let Windows shut off the hard drive after a certain period of time? I'm using Windows XP SP2. I've always resisted this but does this prolong the life of the hard drive?

  2. ~Candy~

    ~Candy~ Retired Administrator

    Jan 27, 2001
    Hi and welcome. I allow mine to power off after 15 minutes of non-use. If nothing else, it keeps the inside of my case a bit cooler. You'll get conflicting ideas as to whether it expands the drive life or not.

    It also depends on how you use your system. I'm in front of mine pretty much all day, so if there is no activity for 15 minutes, that pretty much means I left my house :eek: or went to bed.

  3. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    I have mine power down after an hour, except for one 2K system that has some sort of problem spinning them back up, I don't let it power them down. :)
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