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Will putting my drives to standby kill the drives ?

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Hi I have a home server running windows 8.1 and have seagate 4tb drives, what I am really confused is should I put the drives to sleep when not in use cos of energy savings? and if I do it the thing that worries me is that I would kill the drives. The drives are in a pool using stablebit drivepool thanks regards
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I wouldnt run them in sleep mode. They draw very little power. As for numerous startups, yeah i can see that being somewhat of an issue for wear and tear. But I dont think it will speed up the demise of drive significantly.
   
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    No, it will not kill your drives.  Now, it can cause a 1–10 second delay when accessing files after the drives have spun down.  Just set the timeout delay to something reasonable for your scenario.  I recommend not going any lower than 30 minutes.  In your scenario, a 1 or 2 hour timeout would probably be best.

    Also, putting the server computer in standby when not in use is fine, too. thumb.gif
 
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Thanks for your replies I will set it round 30min as Techie007 I cant put the pc to standby as it is a server and would not be on if someone wants to access it
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I'd say it both depends but doesn't make a giant difference.

You'll get more wear on the motors spinning the drives up whenever you want files versus using a small amount of wattage (~<5w) keeping the platters rotating.
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I'd say it both depends but doesn't make a giant difference.

You'll get more wear on the motors spinning the drives up whenever you want files versus using a small amount of wattage (~<5w) keeping the platters rotating.

so you think putting the drives to sleep vs always on would not make a noticeable differ ens in energy ? if it doesn't I will leave them spinning
post #7 of 8
Honestly your biggest issue will be head-parking caused by going to stand-by. Head-parking reduces its life-span and it will die sooner as a result.

I would just run them with no standby..
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if we use 2 servers and have one primary that is always open, runs 24/7, what will be the best scenario for our 2nd server.

a) run the 2nd server also 24/7 cause the start up/spin on/off of the drives are very painful.
b) only start up the 2nd server when we need it... copy the files that we need to our primary server, and the close the 2nd server.
so the drives have only very few hours working/spinning.

what is the best choice, if we only need the 2nd server, lets say 10-20 times per month, just to copy a file (40-50gb) from 2nd server to our primary?

energy is not an issue here... only the most possible condition for the health of drives.
Edited by auteur - 3/13/14 at 7:57am
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