Hard Drive Power Cycle

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Lewis, Mar 15, 2005.

  1. Lewis

    Lewis Guest

    I recently bought a Philips HDD based MP3 player. The 1.0" microdrive inside
    is loud enough for me to hear it spin up and seek when it is used. To save
    battery power it is programmed to spin down whenever it is not used, but
    there is no time out, so if there's a half second gap in data transfer, or
    the internal processor can't keep up, the hard drive will spin down, then
    back up again. I know that power cycles are bad for full sized hard drives,
    and I would think spinning down for half an hour is bad, but spinning up 6
    times in 10 seconds must be killing it! Or do the "power cycle wear" rules
    not apply to a drive this small?
    Thanks
     
    Lewis, Mar 15, 2005
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