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These were in daily use for years. So
they are probably getting tired. Besides HDD are cheap now and why
bother with potential failure.
On 4/16/2021 10:36 AM, Brian Vogel
On Fri, Apr 16, 2021 at 01:01 PM, Randy Barnett wrote:
Although I should probably retire them now that I
think of just how old they are getting.
Age really generally has a lot less to do with it than hours in
service or, more precisely, how many times a drive has had to spin
up. The biggest stresses on a HDD occur when it is spinning up
from rest. Once it's up and spinning, it's quite a bit like a
gyroscope and it takes minimum effort on the motor to keep it
Many backup drives get used very seldom, only when backing up, and
even if that's twice a month, 24 spin-ups per year is far fewer
than many internal drives get from people shutting down (or
restarting, sleeping or hibernating) the machine.
If you look at the SMART stats for most backup drives compared to
most system drives (or even data drives that are internal and
constantly used) most will be proverbial "babes in the woods" even
after years of service.
Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit,
Version 20H2, Build 19042
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