In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
druck <email@example.com> wrote:
> It will probably last longest in a permanently powered machine, with a
> stable internal temperature - plug the data lead in, so at least the
> SMART data can be monitored. However, that will cost you a lot in
> electricity - after a few years probably the same as that amount of data
> on a new higher capacity drive.
> If the machine is switched on an off regularly, the thermal cycling
> isn't good for the drive, but whether it will last longer than if left
> on the shelf isn't easy to say.
Thanks Druck, it's more or less as I thought.
There are two scenarios here.
One is maintaining a couple of old drives which will work on a RPC
mother-board interface. These were still good (and tested in the last
couple of days) when removed to replace with larger drives. If the current
drive fails I may need to put one of the old ones back in.
The Kinetic RPC in question was long ago moved into a PC case with a front
mounted fan blowing over the drives. The case also means I have spare
drive slots and a PSU capable of powering extra drives. There are already
two additional 40G drives in there, hanging off an ARCin card. One is used
for data and the other holds a backup of the first. The mother-board and
first data drive are also backed up to a NAS box
The second is maintaining a cloned drive.
In 2013 I did complete re-install of Windows XP, installed some basic
programs and, once it had loaded the latest updates, cloned the drive.
That computer has become very slow to boot up so I have just put in the
cloned drive and so far, all is looking very good. Once it has finished
updating (it has the registry hack suggested by virtual Acorn so thinks
it's a POS machine) I will clone again to another drive.
All my computers are normally left running 24/7 unless I need to turn one
off for some reason. All machines back themselves up to the NAS overnight.
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