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[OM] Re: CD, DVD lives, July 2005

Subject: [OM] Re: CD, DVD lives, July 2005
From: Wayne Harridge <wayneharridge@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 07 Feb 2006 08:07:35 +1100




> Chuck Norcutt <chucknorcutt@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> 
> I'm using a pair of 160 GB IDE drives mounted in USB conversion cases to 
> 
> do my backup.  I have no concerns about their electronic or mechanical 
> life since the only time they're ever powered on is when they're 
> actually performing a backup which is, at most, once a week.  

Keep in mind that you may actually be reducing the MTBF of the drives by using 
them in this way due to thermal & electrical cycling.  There are many factors 
to consider, but you might be better off keeping these drives powered up 
continuously.

...Wayne


Wayne Harridge

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