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Hard drive longevity

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by wh00t, Feb 11, 2003.

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  1. wh00t

    wh00t Thread Starter

    Nov 27, 2001

    A friend told me that I could increase the lifespan of my hard drive by turning off my computer every few days rather than continuously leaving it on. Is this true?

  2. edals


    Nov 27, 2001
    The debate on whether or not to power off your PC, suspend it or leave it running will seemingly always be argued. However, based on your question, you should be fine leaving it on. Most PC's, I'd say 5 years-old or newer, come with some type of power managment that will actually keep the HDD platters from spinning when not in use.
  3. n2gun


    Mar 3, 2000
    If you are worried about the hard drive running all the time, there is a way to set it to stop running after so long of inactivity.

    In my computer using windows xp there is the icon "power options". It can be used to set a length of time of inactivity to shut off the hard drive until you start using it again. Hope this helps answer your question.
  4. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    Personally, I think your friend is just repeating one side of a controversy that has raged as long as hard drives have existed! :D There is no difinitive data to suggest that turning them off or letting them run will result in longer life, both actions have their own adverse effects on drive life. Personally, I leave my main systems on all the time, and I get better hard drive life than many folks I know.
  5. rmay635703


    Nov 7, 2002
    I've never left my computer on real long, I turn it on and off at least 10 times a day, sometimes more like a 100 when I'm testing components, my Maxtor ATA66 is going on its 4th year strong despite this abuse.

    I believe its the quality of the drive you use not how you treat it that determines its life.
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