Are "green" drives more reliable when frequently started/stopped?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by bigwig, Jun 29, 2009.

  1. bigwig macrumors 6502a

    Sep 15, 2005
    As I'm sure you know, laptop drives are designed to be reliable during frequent stopping/starting, while the life of conventional desktop drives can be reduced considerably under such conditions. Are desktop "green" drives also less reliable when stopped frequently? Their low-power modes imply that they might be more reliable than conventional drives in such applications, such as when "sleep disks when possible" is set.
  2. waloshin macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    I doubt it, if you want reliably just buy a server drive.
  3. fehhkk macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    The WD Caviar Green 1TB spins down when not accessed. If in the specs you see similar MTBF ratings between a "green" drive and a regular one, then this shouldn't concern you.
  4. mgridgaway macrumors 6502


    Feb 25, 2006
    I doubt you'd see a noticeable difference in life, but it's an interesting proposition at the least.

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