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 ...?
Edited by rboone2020, 03 October 2017 - 12:32 PM.