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    Did you ever have problems with the Hdds due to bumps...?

    Hi,

    i'm looking into building a little carputer myself, but i was wondering if the bumpy rides wont make the harddrives go bad?? What are your experiences with that problem? And what workaround do you use?

    Thanks,

    Fluid

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    Mine has survived several trips through the worst highways in the country (PA) and dirt roads of WV.

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    I have had my setup for close to 4 years, my hard disk is mounted sideways. I have never had a problem. <fingers crossed>
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    i'm running around 4 years now, vertical mounted hard drives, no problems at all. i have run into cooling problems, insufficent power, but never because of bumpy roads
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    I have a 2.5" drive mounted just flat and no problems over new york tough roads, ...while the comp is running. Im gonna try the vertical mount just for a change.
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    I just returned from a 2000+ mile round trip to Idaho. Hauling my travel trailer (6000#) over Interstate 15 in its various states of decay really let me know where each and every bump, hump, divot, flaky pavement and otherwise nasty piece of road is. I have a 4WD Dodge truck (solid axles front and rear), and my computer is mounted inside the front center jump seat (as shown in the attached photo). I just installed it there after upgrading the stereo system, so this was the first test. Prior to this, the computer case was mounted under my seat. This drive has held up well for a few years now (it was the same drive I used in Version 1 in my previous truck). I use a WD 45Gb drive, with two partitions (one system, one music).
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    This is my first week with my carputer installed and was driving a lot today on I-15 on some really bad spots, there was one of those sections in the road that was graded so deep for paving that I actually came off my seat as the car dropped and made a really jarring bounce. I was worried for a second but the MP3 didn't miss a beat. Worst case is needing a new hard drive and as I have some major road trips planned I will be carring a couple spare drives with me.
    I have my system drive mounted vertically and my storage drive mounted flat.

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    Moose, whereabouts on the I-15? I was on it from Nephi, UT to the California 60/I-15 exchange yesterday.
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    Originally posted by Moose
    This is my first week with my carputer installed and was driving a lot today on I-15 on some really bad spots, there was one of those sections in the road that was graded so deep for paving that I actually came off my seat as the car dropped and made a really jarring bounce. I was worried for a second but the MP3 didn't miss a beat. Worst case is needing a new hard drive and as I have some major road trips planned I will be carring a couple spare drives with me.
    I have my system drive mounted vertically and my storage drive mounted flat.
    FYI a bump will never make the mp3 skip, due to the computer buffering several seconds of the mp3 into RAM. Much like anitshock on discmen.

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    AV Geek - I was on it from Provo up to central SLC and all around the I-215 belt where they are just now in the middle of reconstruction, pretty bad road right now.

    theedge - I know I was just glad that the HDD didn't die. I wasn't expecting the MP3 to skip, I was expecting a big BSOD from a dead hard drive and my mp3car setup would "miss a beat" for a day or so. Bumps that hard would have made my head unit hiccup for a second, they really need to make head units with ESP for the offroad enthusiast

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