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Old 12-22-2016, 03:44 PM
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Default How long can I continuously write to a hard drive?

I have decided to back up older audio sessions and files onto one 5TB hard drive. It is going to take approximately 16 hours (firewire to a spinner—non solid state). Do you think it is bad for the drive to write continuously for that long?
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Old 12-22-2016, 06:30 PM
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Default Re: How long can I continuously write to a hard drive?

Simple answer: No, it would not be bad for the drive.

It's a bit like asking if it's bad to drive a car for hours. No it is not - but of course I'm assuming now that the car is proberly built and has a working cooling system.

A bit more detailed: So, if your drive is configured and dimensioned correctly, including the external housing, you can have it work for hours without concern. If you are concerned, maybe you looked for a cheap backup drive rather than a high quality build, then you could monitor the heat of the drive by touching it after 20 minutes of use. If it's hot to the touch aim a fan to it to cool it down and make sure it won't degrade faster than normal. If it's not, we'll let it do its thing.

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