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Power settings for turning off idle hard drives, what do you use?

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For my auxiliary drives in all my machines, I currently have my power settings turn the drives off after 45 minutes of idle time. It's beginning to drive me crazy, as pretty much every time I go to access these drives it will stall explorer for a few noticeable seconds, presumptively as the drives power on and spin up to access the files. Although in many areas of my life I like to save the planet, save electricity, grow organic, etc etc....with computers I do not think this way at all. I want the computer burning as much electricity as it needs to operate at it's full potential, and I'll pay the electric bill to support that, so energy usage is not a concern at all. The reason I chose to turn the drives off rather, is to save some life span of the drives. Maybe if they aren't spinning while my computer is on all the time, they'll survive another year or two is my thought. Is that even accurate, or is this line of thinking crazy? Should I just turn this power setting off and let the drives spin to eliminate the lag problem? What amount of time, if any, do you guys all use for hard disk turn-off times?
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I don't think having drive spinning at all time will significantly affect their lifetime, if at all (assuming you have proper airflow and keep the drive cool). If anything spinning up and down is one of the most stressful thing you can do to a drive.
Unless you want to keep power/heat to a minimum you should set disk timeout to 0.

Mine is set to 0 as I can't stand the couple of seconds it takes to spin the drive up.

Also paragraphs wouldn't hurt
Edited by Brokenstorm - 6/6/13 at 10:10pm
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