ecotec
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Do I need to spin down an external HDD

Sat Dec 06, 2014 1:16 pm

So, I have an external HDD (WD 1tb elements with PSU old model), it works fine but i'm concerned as the pi never spins down the disk so will this continuous access be more likely to kill the drive quicker and should I use something like hdparm to spin it down
or is it nothing to worry about,

thanks
b raspbian running get-iplayer and mini dlna server
b+ running volumio
pi 2 - dietpi - pihole, ssh and a few other bits

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rpdom
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Re: Do I need to spin down an external HDD

Sat Dec 06, 2014 1:36 pm

I wouldn't worry about it, unless you are concerned about power.

Actual disks are more likely to fail during the spin-down/spin-up process than at any other time (in normal usage, not counting hitting it with a baseball bat for example)

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Richard-TX
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Re: Do I need to spin down an external HDD

Sat Dec 06, 2014 2:46 pm

Nearly all of my computers are powered up 24x7 which means the disk drives are spinning all that time too. My disk drives do not die. They and the computers that spin them get upgraded every 7-8 years.
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Doing Unix since 1985.
The 9-25-2013 image of Wheezy can be found at:
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ecotec
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Re: Do I need to spin down an external HDD

Sat Dec 06, 2014 5:02 pm

Thanks for the replies, that's great i will stop worrying about it then,

cheers,
b raspbian running get-iplayer and mini dlna server
b+ running volumio
pi 2 - dietpi - pihole, ssh and a few other bits

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