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Old 07-05-2011, 10:31 AM
 
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this may be because I only turn the hard drive ON when needed, and then turn it off.
Does not always work, unless you do it very *infrequently*.
Turning electronics on and off rather often, does not do any good for the life of the electronics.
If this is the case, very frequent on and off, then leaving it on is better.
Once the electronics are at *working* temperatures, the hardware will last longer.
Even then, it depends on how often the HD reads or writes.

From my time of *way back* computers, I still have a few hard drives (internal ones),
that were, in modern terms, rather smallish.
I still use them as *external* drives, and I know some of them are over 10 years old .
I have one that is 20 Gigs big, and I remember that I thought I would *never* fill that up .
Irony is that I now use SD cards, that can hold the same amount of data ...
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Old 07-05-2011, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Does not always work, unless you do it very *infrequently*.
Turning electronics on and off rather often, does not do any good for the life of the electronics.
If this is the case, very frequent on and off, then leaving it on is better.
Once the electronics are at *working* temperatures, the hardware will last longer.
Even then, it depends on how often the HD reads or writes.

From my time of *way back* computers, I still have a few hard drives (internal ones),
that were, in modern terms, rather smallish.
I still use them as *external* drives, and I know some of them are over 10 years old .
I have one that is 20 Gigs big, and I remember that I thought I would *never* fill that up .
Irony is that I now use SD cards, that can hold the same amount of data ...
You are correct, and in my case I just turn and plug the drives to the computers perhaps once per month. However, if the electrical power at home is fairly clean (no surges), then leaving the drives ON is not too bad.

The main enemies of electrical devices are heat and power surges. I understand that manufacturers tell that it's best to leave the computer and drives on, but maybe I am too old to change and never do that
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Old 07-05-2011, 03:21 PM
 
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I am late to this party but that 1.5tb seagate is the worst hard drive I've ever had the displeasure of using. I have two and within the last year and a half or so, I've replaced one 5 times, and the other is on the way to seagate right now actually, for it's 3rd replacement. If I would have had to pay shipping on all these, I'd be in the hole for more than they cost to begin with. Luckily this isn't the case.

Horrible, horrible drives. I don't trust them at all. I don't trust any seagate drive for that matter, but it could be an anomaly and I don't expect anyone to agree or disagree on my own personal experience :P
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Old 07-05-2011, 06:40 PM
 
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How Long Do External Hard Drives Last?

NHDave said several years ago that hard drives last anywhere from 10 minutes to 10 years. I haven't seen anything to make me disbelieve that.
How do you remember this stuff? I said it and I don't remember it!
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Old 07-08-2011, 06:38 AM
 
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id'e burn all my files to cd or dvd r discs and burn two copies and put one in a safe deposit box also that way you know you have your files.
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