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HDD use and heat


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#1 frldyz

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Posted 08 May 2015 - 05:27 AM

My new build has a SSD that runs all my programs and my OS.

I also have a 4tb HGST HDD for storage of files.

 

If I am not opening or using any of the files in the HDD is it still spinning and generating heat?



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Posted 08 May 2015 - 05:59 AM

Hi,
Unless you cut the power(shutdown your machine or remove the powersupply cable, what ever) of the internal 4tb harddisk, it will keep on spinning.
Since spinning is done by a motor and a driver circuitary, that generates little amount of heat.
[edit] If you dont frequently use the harddrive, put it in an external enclosure and connect via USB. USB devices can be power managed if supported.

Edited by Nikhil_CV, 08 May 2015 - 06:20 AM.

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Posted 08 May 2015 - 06:24 AM

Thanks Nikhil,

I'm cool with the HDD in the case. It will get used for files. But just thought since its not constantly using programs off it, it might not be spinning.

Thought, "hmmm if it's not be asked to be used or viewing files maybe it will last longer...?"

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Posted 08 May 2015 - 06:40 AM

Suppose that it turns off(aka spindown) each time you stop using it, which means it must safetly park the read/write head (remember the old music discs in 19th centurary) at the area alloted for parking each time it stops(else it will damage the disksurface where data is stored).
This parking, getting back to previous working position all needs more effort, power and time as well as cause wearing fast.
There is an option in Windows power settings to turn off your hard disk, but I am not sure if it will play well with your ssd, leaving it from being turned off. (actually that feature will turn off all harddrives once the idle time is crossed)
Hope it explains....:)
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