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Hello all!

I seem to have a unique skill to kill harddrives. I've killed off two western digital hard drives (Caviar SE 200GB) and a Seagate (7200.8, 160 GB) in about a year and half's time. A friend told me that Bittorrent run for long long periods can decrease a hard drive's life, and yes, all those harddrive were filled to the brim with my downloads.

What can I do other than the usual Disk Defrag and Check Disk? I defrag at LEAST once a week, and I try to run the check disk program once a month (it takes so long!) to try and keep my drives healthy.

What can one do to generally prevent a drive from going belly up? What causes hard drive failure in the first place?

Thanks!
    
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Heat can be an enemy... Look into getting a decent drive cooler.
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Delete stuff you know you will never use again that you downloaded through bittorrent.
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Bittorrent cannot kill a hard drive. Even if your totally using all the bandwidth in your internet connection, say 3Mbps, a recent hard drive is transferring data to the media from 500Mbps to 1.5Gbps. You're not really stressing the drive all that much.

Heat is most likely the killer. Aim a fan over the hard drive or move it elsewhere in your case.
     
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Give it it's own molex "line." Don't have any fans, GPU's, etc, on the same "chain" of connectors. You usually can't do that, so add as little as you can, so run your opticals and HDD's on one "string" of cables, and everything else on the other. Gives your HDD more stable power.

Put a 80mm fan on top of it.

Keep it under 38C at all times.
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