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Is it healthy to have a 2.5" laptop HDD running 24/7?

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I mounted a VPN on a netbook located remotely and I was having some issues trying to wake it up from stand-by mode.
So I wasthinking about let it run 24/7, even if there's going to be 10-12 hrs where it won't be in use at all.

The HDD is a Samsung Spinpoint, i don't remember the exact model. Keeping the disk running 24/7 will damage it or is it more harmful waking up from On/Off cycles?

The main function of the disk is to keep the OS running while data is transferred from the netbook's ISP to mine, so it isn't going to work intensively.
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From a few years of gaming on a (massively underpowered) laptop that was hooked up as if it was a desktop, and never really turned off, I can say that my drive is still quite healthy. Once I built a proper rig the laptop drive became my game storage drive in the desktop and is still going strong. From everything I have been told constant on/off cycles can be bad, depending on HOW constant. But hey, I'm no storage guru.
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There are also power settings in Windows that determine if your drive runs at all times or powers down until required. You can leave your machine on but have the drive not spinning.

Just thought I'd offer another option.

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i have a 120GB WD blue that i took out of its external enclosure and its now my OS drive in my server which stays on all the time.
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Originally Posted by DiaSin View Post

From a few years of gaming on a (massively underpowered) laptop that was hooked up as if it was a desktop, and never really turned off, I can say that my drive is still quite healthy. Once I built a proper rig the laptop drive became my game storage drive in the desktop and is still going strong. From everything I have been told constant on/off cycles can be bad, depending on HOW constant. But hey, I'm no storage guru.

Constant as 1 time a day if I can get the netbook from stand-by state remotely.
Edited by Leito360 - 4/7/14 at 4:49pm
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