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What is a good setting for "Turn off hard disk after" and "Put the computer to sleep" for having the longest harddisk life? Sometimes I may just go to sleep while computer is on or away for few hours.
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You don't have to worry about it. That setting is really for laptops when they're running off the battery because it reduces average power consumption. That's why the setting is located in the Power Options and that's why it's considered to be a Power Management setting. That's all it's really for, especially with today's hard drives. Maybe a decade or two ago it would've been nice to help slow down the aging of the hard drive, but not today.

 

So, you're not going to hurt your hard drive(s) at all if you don't have Windows turn it/them off after a certain period of time. If anything, it could become annoying because if Windows turns it/them off while you're just sitting there doing things that don't spin up the hard drive(s), you'll have to sit there and wait for them to spin up and turn back on if you suddenly need to access your hard drive(s).

 

If you're really that worried about it though, then don't leave your computer on when you're not using it. It's like with anything that uses electricity such as light bulbs: why leave them on if you're not using them? All you're doing is you're spending money on electricity that isn't benefiting you at all. It's like leaving the water running so that you don't have to go turn the faucet back on the next time you want to use it. I don't know of anyone who does that, so I don't understand why anyone would leave their computer on these days, especially with how fast they start up now. At the very least, use Sleep or Hibernation if you're trying to avoid losing your unsaved work or something.

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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post

You don't have to worry about it. That setting is really for laptops when they're running off the battery because it reduces average power consumption. That's why the setting is located in the Power Options and that's why it's considered to be a Power Management setting. That's all it's really for, especially with today's hard drives. Maybe a decade or two ago it would've been nice to help slow down the aging of the hard drive, but not today.

So, you're not going to hurt your hard drive(s) at all if you don't have Windows turn it/them off after a certain period of time. If anything, it could become annoying because if Windows turns it/them off while you're just sitting there doing things that don't spin up the hard drive(s), you'll have to sit there and wait for them to spin up and turn back on if you suddenly need to access your hard drive(s).

If you're really that worried about it though, then don't leave your computer on when you're not using it. It's like with anything that uses electricity such as light bulbs: why leave them on if you're not using them? All you're doing is you're spending money on electricity that isn't benefiting you at all. It's like leaving the water running so that you don't have to go turn the faucet back on the next time you want to use it. I don't know of anyone who does that, so I don't understand why anyone would leave their computer on these days, especially with how fast they start up now. At the very least, use Sleep or Hibernation if you're trying to avoid losing your unsaved work or something.

Base on the google research, let harddisk turns off too often would hurt the lifespan. But just let it on for forever hits electronic bill and all components in my desktop computer be aging faster too. I just want to ask for a good balanced timing to turn these off.
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Base on the google research, let harddisk turns off too often would hurt the lifespan. But just let it on for forever hits electronic bill and all components in my desktop computer be aging faster too. I just want to ask for a good balanced timing to turn these off.

 

I think you are worrying about this a little too much. It's only a watt or two extra unless the hard drive is actually being used. Even then, you'd have to really stress the hard drive to get it to pull like 10W.

 

Think about this for a minute: a couple of watts is less than a typical night light. Are you really that strapped for cash that you can't afford to power an idling hard drive for a small amount of extra time every so often?

 

How would this make your computer age faster?

 

I seriously think you're overthinking this to the extreme. Just enjoy your computer. You're worried about nothing, to be honest.

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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post

I think you are worrying about this a little too much. It's only a watt or two extra unless the hard drive is actually being used. Even then, you'd have to really stress the hard drive to get it to pull like 10W.

Think about this for a minute: a couple of watts is less than a typical night light. Are you really that strapped for cash that you can't afford to power an idling hard drive for a small amount of extra time every so often?

How would this make your computer age faster?

I seriously think you're overthinking this to the extreme. Just enjoy your computer. You're worried about nothing, to be honest.

I would set to turn the whole computer off if I am away like 1 to 2 hours. I don't know exactly how much money would it be let's say I let the computer not doing anything for like 20 hours in 2 weeks and 40 hours in a month....minimum the harddisk on and off should increase the lifespan....
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I would set to turn the whole computer off if I am away like 1 to 2 hours. I don't know exactly how much money would it be let's say I let the computer not doing anything for like 20 hours in 2 weeks and 40 hours in a month....minimum the harddisk on and off should increase the lifespan....

 

Seriously, you're worried about this a bit too much. I think you're kinda driving yourself nuts for nothing. An idling computer like yours pulls 75-125W. Compare that to a light bulb. Would you be this worried about leaving a single light bulb on that much longer per month?

 

I turn my computer off when I'm not using it every single day and it's fine. That means I turn it off before I go to bed, I turn it off before I go take a shower, I turn if off before I go out to the grocery store, etc. I turn my computer off if I know I'm going to be away from it for longer than say... 30-60 minutes. Why? Because why should I have to pay for the electricity it's consuming if I'm not using it? It's the same as anything else like a light bulb, a T.V., etc. If I'm not using it, I turn it off. It's as simple as that. Why should I worry about it?

 

You are FAR more likely to upgrade to newer and better hard drives LOONNNGG before your current ones would die.

 

So please do yourself a favor: try to stop worrying about it and just enjoy your computer.

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