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Hard Drive Do's & Don'ts

Can some one give pointers, as to what is to be done in order to maximize hard drive life span?
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  1. Best answer
    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.
  2. Try not to take it swimming with you !
  3. 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.
  4. 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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  6. Oil Cooling of course!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwBrCP9B93E

    RAID1
    Dont actually know, the Windows utility I imagine would be fine.
  7. 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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