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Hard Drives are robust, but...
Authored by: jdbraun on Feb 21, '03 01:58:23PM

IMHO, carrying around a running PowerBook (heat issues aside) is just not a good idea. Take a look at some of the specifications for Hitachi (IBM) or Toshiba's laptop drives. The operating specification for the amount of motion (shock) they can sustain is only about 12% of the non-operating shock. (200Gs-2ms vs 800Gs/1ms on Hitachi TravelStar drives) I'd definately not recommend putting your 'book in this headless mode to carry it around.


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Hard Drives are robust, but... - More then you would think
Authored by: michaelmazzen on Jul 02, '03 12:30:06PM

You're right about the paper specs on the drives but...
I know from experience that the amount of abuse and beatings a standard harddisk can take is simply unbelievable. Take any laptop - You can shake it and throw it around and drive around with it powered on under your carseat, and it normally just keeps going.
Of course you should be insured and make regular backups ;-)

It's only under the most extreme conditions you should go for a mil-spec ruggedized laptop (to bad Apple doesn't make such a thing, there's definitely a market for those bastards)

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Hard Drives are robust, but... - More then you would think
Authored by: tahart on Aug 13, '04 12:12:09PM

It also depends on what the drive is actually doing when it's taking a beating. If it's trying to write something, you might lose some data... but I think head crashes are pretty rare these days. ;c)

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