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

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    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

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

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    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

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

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