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Power saver, recommendation for hard drives

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by Edmond4, Sep 20, 2004.

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  1. Edmond4

    Edmond4 Thread Starter

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    I want to do what is best for hard drives. I have 3 on my computer and want to keep them from wearing out, prolonging them for the longest time.

    What would someone recommend? Do I want to have the hard drives turn off? I think I'ver heard this is not a wise thing, as spinning up to speed and stopping over and over takes it's toll on them. Some talk about the Mac computer and how it goes to sleep mode, slowing hard drives, but not totally stopping them.

    What can I do for my computer running Win 98? I'd love to hear any ideas. Do I want to set up the power manager in the basic setup in the BIOS, or the setup option when the computer just starts booting up?
     
  2. Tumbleweed36

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    Hi,

    Just wanted to say that I think you are worried too much. The wear on them while they are at rest while your computer is "at rest" is minimal at best. Turning them on and off is much harder on them than trying to save them by doing what you are talking about. Relax and enjoy your computer....a good hard drive lasts a long time without problems if used normally.
     
  3. Edmond4

    Edmond4 Thread Starter

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    So the starting them up and turning them off is bad, right? That is what they are currently doing. It might be doing this at the basic BIOS level, as I disabled the power scheme today that was said to turn them off.
     
  4. Tumbleweed36

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    Hi,

    My personal opinion is that it does not make that much difference with them. Bad for them??? I don't necessarily thnk so. I doubt ether way you will see any difference in life or usage except to save a little power (very little) along the way. Hey, give it a try and see what happens. I would have no problem with either setup, but just would not bother to do that because they hard drives of today are pretty darn good and should not wear out that quickly.
     
  5. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Start, Shutdown, Turnoff

    If you do that once, and never turn the computer on, they'll last a long time. :D
     
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