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    can i mount a hard drive vertically and standing up? So flat against a wall as an example standing straight up tall?

    anyone see problems with that?
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  • #2
    of course you can, most poeple recommend vertical anyway (personally i dont think it makes a difference), I dont see any issues with it being standing tall.
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    • #3
      just make sure that its mounted parallel to the car so that if you make a hard stop, the read/write heads dont go crashing into the platters and totally ******* up the drive.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Vchat20
        just make sure that its mounted parallel to the car so that if you make a hard stop, the read/write heads dont go crashing into the platters and totally ******* up the drive.

        BS.... it does not matter what orientation. Mount it firmly to the car.

        Any 'potential' HD failure will probably happensitting on a desk or be power related (not well regulated). Several desktop drives have been in aut crashes and not suffered a failure... Mine has been in several and is fine.
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        • #5
          thanks guys
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          • #6
            Originally posted by TruckinMP3
            BS.... it does not matter what orientation. Mount it firmly to the car.
            People have been fighting over this for years. Personally, what can it hurt to be extra cautious unless it's a mounting issue.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by EBFoxbat
              People have been fighting over this for years. Personally, what can it hurt to be extra cautious unless it's a mounting issue.
              It is a mounting issue. Firm mount and orientation does not matter. I have been in on most of the threads for those years you mention We have even seen a HD engineer state the the surfaces of drive platters are mostly un-scratchable due to the process used to make them
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              • #8
                Originally posted by TruckinMP3
                It is a mounting issue. Frim mount and orientation does not matter. I have been in on most of the threads for those years you mention We have even seen a HD engineer state the the surfaces of drive platters are mostly un-scratchable due to the process used to make them
                But can't you misalign the heads or bend the heads if they hit each other?
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by 0l33l
                  But can't you misalign the heads or bend the heads if they hit each other?
                  Silly Octopus...
                  The heads couldn't hit one another.
                  they could, however, hit the platters. That would be, as they say, bad.
                  Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by DarquePervert
                    Silly Octopus...
                    The heads couldn't hit one another.
                    they could, however, hit the platters. That would be, as they say, bad.
                    Yeh, I meant waht would happen if the heads hit the platters. Guess I phrased it wrong
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                    • #11
                      yeah. like i said above. take the time to mount it right so it has very little chance of the heads colliding with the platters. its not like you are making a huge warranty-voiding change to the drive. just mount it vertically and parallel to the car and you will be fine.

                      but also, like already stated, very few people here have had any troubles with their drives running in their vehicles. most drives are hardened against some serious G forces (got an old 3GB seagate medialist here and it lists right on the label that it can withstand up to 75 G's)
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                      • #12
                        All of those concerns are very unlikely. It is rare for HDs to fail. Even if you drop one several feet to a concrete landing. Orientation does not matter in a car.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by TruckinMP3
                          It is rare for HDs to fail.
                          Unless you've got a maxtor
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                          • #14
                            agreed on that one. this computer riginally came with a nice, thin, sleek 40GB maxtor. computer was manufactured in March 2003. it died sometime during may 2004. the current drive in it is a 60GB IBM Deskstar which has been chugging along since around xmas 2001. it originally was part of an old buslink drive.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Vchat20
                              (got an old 3GB seagate medialist here and it lists right on the label that it can withstand up to 75 G's)
                              That's most likely non operating shock though. It certainly is on newer drives.
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