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SATA HDD giving out after different download configuration.

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For example sake: Here's the scenario, I have two machines A and B:

1 - I use to download to A and move the file to B after it's been downloaded. (slow but works)

2 - Since then I changed the download location from A's local directory to a directory on machine B.

It works and has been more convenient but I must ask if having it setup this way is bad for A's HDD? Is the download on machine A, even though the download directory is on B, having an effect on machine A's HDD.

It sounds like machine A's HDD is constantly spinning during a download even though the download directory is on B and it sounds like it's wearing out A's HDD. Should I go back to the old method?

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If you're using Internet Exploiter, it always downloads to a temporary directory on your local drive first, and then copies the temporary file to its destination. Which is patently ridiculous, but that's Microsoft for you.
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thanks but it's more torrent downloads i'm concerned about. if they go to a temp directory thats something I should be able to easily fix in a torrent program. correct?
    
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thanks but it's more torrent downloads i'm concerned about. if they go to a temp directory thats something I should be able to easily fix in a torrent program. correct?
Yes. I use utorrent and by default, iirc, it doesn't use a temp/cache for downloads. Just one thought, if drive A is also your OS drive, then that might explain why it's constantly spinning. Another thing, leaving a drive constantly spinning is less wear and tear than frequently starting and stopping it. I recall reading way back about an issue with Linux and frequent start/stops (every few seconds or so) causing premature failure of Western Digital Caviar Green drives.
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machine A only has 1 HDD. the drive was fine until i changed ALL utorrents save directory's to a designated drive on my NAS, once the download dir's were changed machine A's HDD started failing.
    
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machine A only has 1 HDD. the drive was fine until i changed ALL utorrents save directory's to a designated drive on my NAS, once the download dir's were changed machine A's HDD started failing.
It's probably just coincidence. Mechanical HDD"s can fail anytime. Even if you had kept your torrents on Machine A, you probably would have seen the same issues that you're seeing now.
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