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Old 02-04-2005, 05:05 PM
Farmer Dave Farmer Dave is offline
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Default Re: Best way to back up a hard drive

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all hard drives over time will lose their ability to spin if you don't run them 3 or 4 times a year.


What is it that makes them stop spinning from un-use? This year I stopped writing DVD's & CD's because it's too time consuming, both for writing & retrieving. I've been treatings several offline ATA drives as removable media via a Wiebetech Combodock, which has been great. This is a bit alarming though, that the drives might not spin next time I got to mount them. I thought the shelf life would be longer than DVD's, expecially since they're sealed & not spinning.
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