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November 4, 2012 8:43:53 AM

Can some one give pointers, as to what is to be done in order to maximize hard drive life span?

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a c 99 G Storage
November 4, 2012 9:13:16 AM

Dont
- Drop
- Shake/move while in use
- Open the drive unless you have the tools to put it back on right.
- Submerge in oil (SSD's are fine for this though)

Do
- Defrag it on a schedule (wont extend its lifespan, but will keep it performing well)
- Enable Hibernation
- Mount it in such a way that vibrations are at a minimum
- Keep it somewhat cool (not that important though)
- Use a good PSU, and don't run multiple drives off a daisy chain of connectors.

Though rule of thumb is that a HDD will break in the first 3 months or never. I have some drives that are quite old (4yrs+) that still work.
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November 4, 2012 9:38:55 AM

Try not to take it swimming with you !
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a b G Storage
November 4, 2012 11:41:51 AM

Put it in your PC an use it. It will either die in a few weeks, or last 10 years. In any event, Windows, programs, games and apps can all be reinstalled painlessly in only a few minutes with modern hardware. However, only a complete fool does not back up his/her data.
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November 4, 2012 2:01:28 PM

manofchalk said:
Dont

- Submerge in oil (SSD's are fine for this though)


Why would one do that anyways? :kaola: 

manofchalk said:

Though rule of thumb is that a HDD will break in the first 3 months or never. I have some drives that are quite old (4yrs+) that still work.


True. I think i ve had a similar experience with my HDDs.
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November 4, 2012 2:02:33 PM

What is the best backup software IYO?
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November 5, 2012 2:04:18 AM

manofchalk said:
Oil Cooling of course!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwBrCP9B93E

RAID1
Dont actually know, the Windows utility I imagine would be fine.


Yeah,oil cooling ... that makes sense !!!
My imagination ran a bit wild there !! :D 
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November 5, 2012 2:31:05 AM

Best answer selected by CocoHacker.
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