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    Hard Drives, what is soft/hard load-unload cycles

    I am looking at the datasheet for my drive:

    http://www.seagate.com/docs/pdf/data.../ds_ee25_2.pdf

    It is rated for about 1 million soft load/unload cycles and only 100,000 hard load/unload cycles. Can someone explain what the difference is? I would have thought that turning the drive on and off is a cycle, no idea that you could have soft and hard cycles.

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    My guess a soft load/unload is when the computer tells the hard drive to shut down for standby and waking up again when needed, and the hard load/unload is from a cold POST boot.

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