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Is it safer than having them in the computer not really used?
I just recently lost a 1.5TB hdd, didnt have any sensitive data,
But my other three have stuff i wouldnt want to lose but dont use it daily (mostly never, its a collection)

So should i unplug them and store them until i save enough to buy new sets of hdds?
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All I can say is I do it all the time. I have about 5 drives right now just sitting in my closet with data on them.
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All I can say is I do it all the time. I have about 5 drives right now just sitting in my closet with data on them.

Thanks,

Anyone has info on technical standpoint?
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After a google search, I found this:


rolli59
May 19, 2012 1:44:45 PM


HDD in constant use is more likely to fail than a stored one that is carefully handled and stored in an anti static container/bag!


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May 19, 2012 2:47:27 PM

^ Concur
Had some old HDDs that had been stored for just over 4 years. They worked, and are currently in use. Only two intial problems (see below).
NOTE: these were Enterprise Drives, higher end than normal consummer drives.

With long term storage there are only a few problems.
A) Bearings can creat a problem, For the drives I had stored, I had to give them a "gentle hit with my knuckles" to get them to spin up - LOL. BUT as stated these drives were stored for 4 Years!! (in use for 4 years pior to storage).
B) The magnetic domains that store the "Bits" are affected by adjacent domains and can become corrupted, This would be longer than the "2 years you referenced, Only one of three drives had this problem. Easily prevented by backing up to a 2nd drive and then restoring say every two/three years.
C) There is always a possibility of an electrolytic cap "drying out", simple solution is once every 6 months to a Year, just power up for 5 miutes.
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Great info man, ill remove them then.
Dont want to loose al that porn
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