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Name: Wildman Jackson
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Date: Around 1995

Is it better to leave computers with hard drives on all the time (if I were looking for maximum life of the hard drive/machine)? I have heard that is it, because the hard drive floats on a cushion of air when turned on, and when turned off settles into place. What is the theory behind hard drives?

Basically there is a trade-off between how much you use the machine and the best way to make things last, which is to keep everything turned off and stuck in a box somewhere... As long as you are using the computer basically every day, it is probably better to leave it turned on. If you are going out of town for a week or two, you probably want to turn it off (this also reduces the likelihood of lightning damage, etc while you are gone). But there is really no hard data on what the best trade-off is... this is basically just hearsay from other computer operators. In other words, it does not make all that much difference either way, but there is always some chance of something going wrong.

A Smith

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