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NAS Drives that spin down entirely

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#1 rboone2020


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Posted 03 October 2017 - 12:31 PM



I'm considering building a NAS for true cold storage.  I don't need to have the drives spin continually, and would rather they all but shut down between accesses.  That would save wear-and-tear, noise, etc. at the cost of some spin-up time.  But it is difficult to find a drive designated to do that (WD Red spins 24/7 apparently, etc.).  Continual spinning would be many hours of active drives every week for just occasional access.  Is there a type of drive designation that I don't know about that stops spinning between uses?   Or a switch on most NAS that support that behavior?


Or am I jumping into an argument akin to the decades old discussion about whether one should turn their computer off or leave it running ...?




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Posted 03 October 2017 - 03:07 PM

I have three Drobo 5N units and there is an option to spin down the drives when not in use.  Right now the 5N is bargain priced as it was recently replaced by the 5N2.

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Posted 04 October 2017 - 11:03 PM

Interesting.  That's good to know, Kilroy.  Thanks for the response.

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