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Any opinions about running a Seagate Momentus 750GB 2.5" laptop drive 24/7? Or even 12up/12down? I have a silent workstation that needs some extra internal storage, and the Momentus is perfect as far as capacity and noise/heat are concerned, but I'm worried about lifespan as the drive certainly wasn't designed for this sort of use.

I would use Windows' "spin down disk after" setting, but there are also two SSDs in the system and I don't want them powered down (might it interfere with idle GC/TRIM?). Also, last time I tried using that setting I discovered that Windows liked to spin the disk up every 5 minutes anyway, which is probably worse than 24/7 operation even on a laptop drive.
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I've used them all the time. I used a laptop drive for about a year 24/7 before I upgraded to a SSD. Still have the drive and still use it.

 

What makes you say that they aren't designed to be used 24/7? The only reason they die in laptops is because they get stuffed inside with no cooling and cook to death or tossed around by careless owners. Inside of a desktop is a much less hostile environment then a laptop. Go for it

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What makes you say that they aren't designed to be used 24/7?

Well, why would they be? They're made for laptops which tend spend a lot less time running than desktop PCs, and even when they are running, there is a good chance the drive will be spun down a lot of the time to save power.

I've also heard a fair bit of anecdotal evidence to suggest they don't last very well in always-on applications.
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Also, last time I tried using that setting I discovered that Windows liked to spin the disk up every 5 minutes anyway, which is probably worse than 24/7 operation even on a laptop drive.
Definitely harder on the drive. I'd leave the setting off. All my drives stay spinning while my computer is powered up.

Momentus or Momentus XT? XTs are intended to be OS drives, so they must be geared for fairly heavy usage. Light 24/7 use should be fine for either model.
     
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Definitely harder on the drive. I'd leave the setting off. All my drives stay spinning while my computer is powered up.

Momentus or Momentus XT? XTs are intended to be OS drives, so they must be geared for fairly heavy usage. Light 24/7 use should be fine for either model.

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2 laptops, 3 netbook, 2 desktops, run 24/7 for over 3 years. You won't have any problem.
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What does it mean read error rate 4468160? I don't know howw to interpret this.

And isn't the load cycle count high?
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Is this drive buggered?

What does it mean read error rate 4468160? I don't know howw to interpret this.

And isn't the load cycle count high?

There are read errors all the time in drives but error correction takes care of them. Don't worry about it, as long as you haven't tripped SMART the drive is fine.

EDIT: I feel I should clarify that drives can be failing and not trip SMART, just in this case you shouldn't worry about that number.
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There are read errors all the time in drives but error correction takes care of them. Don't worry about it, as long as you haven't tripped SMART the drive is fine.

EDIT: I feel I should clarify that drives can be failing and not trip SMART, just in this case you shouldn't worry about that number.

OK. I was just concerned because I hadn't seen those kinds of numbers on other drives, eg:



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