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Avoid Western Digital external drives' built-in spin down
Authored by: tbolioli on Mar 18, '09 07:57:54AM
It can be argued that this may shorten the life of the HD, but from what I've read in various forums, having the HD spinning down and up constantly also causes severe strain on the HD, especially in situations like mine where the HD is constantly on. DISCLAIMER: This is not really my hint, but a variation of someone else's, but I don't remember where I got it from, sorry!
This is false. Power management features don't wear down the parts any more appreciably over time. I have a MyBook Pro and I don't mind the spin down. In fact, I am happy I have it because instead of paying $50 a year to run the device, it costs me less than $10. YMMV based on usage patterns and energy costs.

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