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There's no reason too. The difference in chance of failure isn't going to be that much between the range you have and the ideal range. It's below ~25C and above ~50C that there's potential cause for concern. Not being in the ideal range isn't cause for concern. ~30C is fine. All four of mine run between ~31C-33C, sometimes colder. They've been running since 2008-2009 (two purchased each year).
i wonder why mine run so cold. even in my antec 300 they were cold like this.
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I have old HD's from the early 90's still going strong

+1

i was using the 20gb Wd from my first PC (1998) up until a couple of months ago when it died.
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+1

i was using the 20gb Wd from my first PC (1998) up until a couple of months ago when it died.
1998 isn't early nineties!

I have a 200MB (yes MB, not GB) drive that still runs fine...
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Depends on Drive design, quality of parts and materials used, and how well the drive is taken care of (temperature and handling).

Ive got an old IBM Deskstar 120GB that was manufactured for apple back in 2002 that got used as a server drive before i got a hold of it. thing was powered up for more than 5 years (400k+ hrs logged on its motor) and it still works. (though it takes a while to spin-up)

I also have 4 Seagate ST3500418AS 500gb drives, which have questionable reviews all over Newegg (something like 1/2 of them fail shortly after buying), but i haven't had any trouble with any of mine, and Ive had the oldest one for about 2 years now......
apparently my 500 gig was prone to failure but it has better SMART results than my new 250 gig.
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1998 isn't early nineties!

I have a 200MB (yes MB, not GB) drive that still runs fine...
What could you possibly use that for?!?!?!? not to mention copying anything to it or reading off of it would be extremely slow.........
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start/stop plays a major role
    
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What could you possibly use that for?!?!?!? not to mention copying anything to it or reading off of it would be extremely slow.........
Well .. in the early 90ies 200MB was actually decent sized ..

And of course it's slow compared to todays standards .. But it answers the question very well I think
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Well .. in the early 90ies 200MB was actually decent sized ..

And of course it's slow compared to todays standards .. But it answers the question very well I think
true.... still leaves me wondering why you still have it lying around to plug in lol.....

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start/stop plays a major role
Just like a car engine the most wear on any mechanical drive occurs at this point
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true.... still leaves me wondering why you still have it lying around to plug in lol.....
You will be dead if you see what kind of old "s***" I've got laying around
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only had 1 HDD failure, and that was the crappy toshiba in my wifes ibook g4..apparently these fail more than inner city kids taking standerdized tests, so i replaced it with a samsung spinpoint and now it runs ubuntu ppc wonderfully.

i have a HDD from 1999 that still runs, has tons of bad sectors, but it still powers up and has usable storage.
my home server runs 24/7 managing itunes and our other media to our desktops and laptops and zero HDD issues with it...
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