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    Man, maybe i should knock on wood. Sorry bout all u guys having problems, but i never had a problem yet. So far I've had my desktop harddrive in there for bout 2 months, without no shocks or any sort of shock absortments. if u's like I could post up exactly how i have my system hooked up. Maybe it would give people an idea.

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    i have been running a shuttle xpc w/a 5.25 120g maxtor drive in the stock position with no problems for 5 months and my car is lowered and has stiff suspension

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheKurbster
    Man, maybe i should knock on wood. Sorry bout all u guys having problems, but i never had a problem yet. So far I've had my desktop harddrive in there for bout 2 months, without no shocks or any sort of shock absortments. if u's like I could post up exactly how i have my system hooked up. Maybe it would give people an idea.
    Don't get the wrong impression. We have several examples of desktop drives dealing with a car wreck while being used...

    They do not fail easily. Mine has been in several wrecks (one totaled my truck) the drive is just fine after more than 4 years of service and being installed in 3 cars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deadweasel
    I have to disagree on one point about your mounting advice, but it's conditional. If the drive IS going to be doing some writing, then yes, by all means mount that sucker horizontally. However, if the only thing it's going to be writing is to the swapfile, I usually say go vertical, the reason being that although the drives are designed to withstand a high level of shock, a single case of the drive hitting the platter could be disastrous for the drive altogether. There is a cushion of air generated by the spinning platters, but that effect is completely spoiled if the head hits the disc itself, and there's no guarantee the coating used on the platters will be sufficient to save them in such an event.
    Personally, I would rather risk a screwy pagefile, which would be rebuilt on reboot anyhow, then a toasted drive. Either way, if the car has shocks, and if you don't live in the Outback, I'm quite sure a hard drive hasn't much to fear being mounted in either direction.
    The advice wasn't mine but came direct from a hardware developer at Seagate. The shock required to bring a head in contact with a platter on a MODERN hard drive is huge - the force required rises exponentially the closer the head gets to the platter. The force required to cause a write error when the force is applied parallel to the platter is much smaller.

    However, most drives should survive in either position in most vehicles - it's just that the 'risk' is higher when mounted vertically.

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