On my personal computers, I've always chose the option to "Put the hard disk(s) to sleep when possible".

 

But is that really a good idea? Sure, it saves energy, but I seem to go through a hard disk about once a year.

 

On my web server, which uses the same brand and make of hard disk, still chugs along

fine, using the same hard drive for about three years now. And I do not have those drives going to sleep.

 

So is the stopping and starting of the hard disks bad for the hard drive? Does anyone know for sure? Or have any experiences like mine? Or the opposite experiences?

 

Thanks in advance for your comments and insights.


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