How long is an External Drive good for?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by UndertheRadar, Apr 24, 2007.

  1. UndertheRadar macrumors member

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    I have a Lacie external FW drive that i want to put some files onto and then store away. How long will the drive last without power? Is there a chance of the drive dying or losing information?
    Thanks:)
     
  2. JNB macrumors 604

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    The drive unpowered will last indefinitely, and the components won't disintegrate for at least several hundred years. ;)

    That being said, the magnetically stored data will likely lose at least some of its integrity within 15-40 years, depending on the studies you read and the quality of the platters. YMMV
     
  3. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

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    not dropping the crive really improves lifetime :D:eek:
    ahh what a horrid memory.
     
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