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    HDD mounted upside down?

    okay, i've searched this and all i found is what i knew before - you can mount an HDD horizontally or vertically....

    but what about upside down? ie horizontally, but with the bottom facing up.... what i know about hard drives tells me that it would be fine, but thought i'd check first.

    and because you are all probably wondering "why the hell would you want to mount it upside down" - i bought a nice looking HDD cooling attachment that fits on the underside of the drive, and want it visible through my perspex window in the glovebox install if possible

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    There actually is a thread about mounting HDDs upside down. Many people chimed in and said "huh, my hard drive is upside down??"

    As far as I know there is no problem with doing that. My hard drive is mounted upside down with no problems. But I haven't put it in the car yet. But functioning as a desktop, it works flawlessly.

    EDIT: Since you said you did a search, here is a freebie. I won't blow the search whistle, but I just put in HDD upside down.

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    I got it upside down in my VW Jetta and it works just fine. It's just mounted to a hard surface with screws and even on hard bumps I have no problems.
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    cheers lads

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    turned mine upside down and shook it to simulate road...eeeeh lockup
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    Upside down has the same problem as mounting like normal. Modern hard drives have multiple platters so there is a chance the head from on platter will hit the other.

    Also shaking a hard drive well runing will definitly cause problems. In a car your only talking about hiting small bumps which the shocks/springs mostly take care of. With you hand you can actualy move that hard drive alot further than normal use in a car would ever move it.

    Mounting the drive on its side seems the best as that counters most movement from the car unless of corse you you get tboned and in that case the hard drive is the least of the wories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hcker2000
    Mounting the drive on its side seems the best as that counters most movement from the car unless of corse you you get tboned and in that case the hard drive is the least of the wories.
    There is no conclusive evedence of this whatsoever and it's been discussed at great lengths by people who are experts in the field.
    If you want to talk theories.... If your hard drive were mounted vertically, the lumps and bumps of normal driving would cause the heads to move up and down against the movement dictated when the drive is accessed, burning out the motor for the armature, rendereing the drive useless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert

    Damn, I wish this pointless debate would die.
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    its a drive. it spins...very fast. whether you mount it left, right, upside down, verticla, inside out, mechanically speaking, it will break under jarring conditions. Shock mount the sucker and be done with it. I am fortunate enough to be using a very thing and rigid laptop, which i hope will be well shock mounted depending on where i put it. Un.less you're using solid state to boot up, which i may ater consider, its not worth it to not spend the $5 for spings and tools and hardware.
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